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BigMak911
08-18-2012, 11:21 PM
Does anyone know what the typical load out would have been for a heavy gunner in the 82nd Airborne in 1965-1966?

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NastyNate
08-19-2012, 12:28 AM
Nam was not my war but if my knowledge is on point, he would have been armed with an M60 chambered in 7.62x51.

BigMak911
08-19-2012, 1:36 AM
Thanks! Any idea what he would have carried as a sidearm? Somehow I doubt I can pick up an M60 in CA lol

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SunkenShadow
08-19-2012, 7:14 AM
If there were soldiers carrying sidearms in VN, it'd be a 1911, but i highly doubt that a heavy gunner would carry one cause of the amount of ammo he would need and grenades xD

BigMak911
08-19-2012, 8:04 AM
In the years mentioned, the 82nd Airborne were not in Vietnam. They were in the Dominican Republic. Does that make a difference?

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smle-man
08-19-2012, 8:27 PM
Does anyone know what the typical load out would have been for a heavy gunner in the 82nd Airborne in 1965-1966?

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Heavy gunner meaning the platoon machine gunner? He'd have the M60, a 1911A1 with three magazines and an entrenching tool with the wood handle which made a very effective close in weapon.

BigMak911
08-20-2012, 8:01 PM
Heavy gunner meaning the platoon machine gunner? He'd have the M60, a 1911A1 with three magazines and an entrenching tool with the wood handle which made a very effective close in weapon.

Awesome. Thanks man. My FIL was that and I wanted to track down a similar (or the same) sidearm as a gift for him.

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