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Offline Captain Gamma

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U.S. Sailor weapons 1958-1960s?
« on: January 12, 2019, 06:47:15 PM »
Hello all, can any one help me with what weapons U.S. Sailors would have been armed with from the late 50s into the early 60s? Did they have the M14 or did they keep to the Garand? Did they use the Thompson in this era?

Also what if any webbing did they use? Was it the WW2 suff during this time?

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Offline carlos marighela

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Re: U.S. Sailor weapons 1958-1960s?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 07:52:11 PM »
The M-14 was fairly slow to be issued. There are photos of US Army soldiers in Berlin in 1961, during the Berlin Wall crisis, still armed with Garands. I’s suggest it would be extremely unlikely that it was rolled out any faster to the USN. Maybe by the mid-sixties at which point it was widespread in the Army and Marines.

The Thompson had been officially declared obsolete in 1957 but was still a limited standard item with the USN. There are plenty of photos showing Thompsons in use in Vietnam. Some of those, particularly later in the peace are likely to be private purchase or barter items but if you are interested in the late ‘50s I’d say that fielding a Thompson would be quite OK.
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Re: U.S. Sailor weapons 1958-1960s?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 07:53:39 PM »
Cheers for that Carlos. Much appreciated.

Offline macgarns

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Re: U.S. Sailor weapons 1958-1960s?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 09:46:46 AM »
I've found that, maybe you'll find what you are looking for.

http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_used_by_U.S._Armed_Forces

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Re: U.S. Sailor weapons 1958-1960s?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 03:25:38 PM »
That's fantastic! Thanks Fred