So do I... I wasn't on the receiving end of that, but I saw it. I was amazed at how they threw those weapons out of the cage! Heaven forbid you dropped that thing!Yep
That is rifle #85 issued to "alpha" company of some unit somewhere.
I used to work the cage at Ft Leonard Wood MO...I still have nightmares of what the DI's did to the Privates who could not remember their rifle serial numbers or rack IDsDISHOUT
I was of 2 minds about it... first I thought 'Jeepers, I've been here 2 days and they give me an automatic weapon?!?!' and, then, 'Jeepers! I got an automatic weapon!!!' GI3GI3GI3always felt kinda neat when you handed a recruit a rifle for the 1st time....you could tell the shooters from the high school jocks...the shooters, those like us...they lit up like a kid at Christmas when you gave em their 1st rifle and made em sign the weapons card. it sorta became real for them then, like they were part of the Army for real. they would run a little bit harder that day, guess they felt like real soldiers then. I know I did.GI1
I'm a bit lost on that. Could you explain? Thanks.I'm guessing all that means is it was probably Company "A" 85th rifle in inventory, these markings are not unusual in any army. My Vietnam Era Bayonet has an inventory number painted on the handle. By serial number of the gun they could tell who was issued what firearms wise. Especially back several decades when the Rifle Serial number was also your service number.