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Old 04-27-2009, 03:17 PM
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Military 1911 photo thread (vintage pics ONLY)




I think we should start a thread of military photos or links of the 1911 in training and service. I always enjoy seeing photos from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, modern, or any other era of 1911 service. Even pictures of family members who may have served. There are even some recruitment and morale posters I've seen that feature the 1911. Another thing I've been looking for too is if anyone knows of old Department of Defense training movies that exist on the net. Every so often in WWII or weapon documentaries you can see the old films showing how to fire 1911s, Garands, and BARs.

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:37 PM
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I was planning on starting a thread like this myself, but I was having trouble finding any decent pictures to use. Most that I see are just posed shots of guys standing around, and their 1911 pistol is simply inside the holster. I would like to see how many genuine photos of 1911s in action are out there. I suspect not many, because a) pistols were not used very often in combat, and 2) when they were things were usually too up-close and frantic for anybody to waste their time taking pictures!

In the meantime, here is a vintage training picture:

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:54 PM
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Thanks for the first post DSK! It is hard to find them on the net. You see them a lot on documentaries and magazines. I suspect most are in archives. This is one I have a tunnel rat in Vietnam.

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Old 04-27-2009, 04:29 PM
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Here's a few more.

Recent picture from Iraq:



One apparently a still from an old training video:



...and some vintage pictures from the navy.mil website. Again, note most pics are of nothing but holstered pistols.









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Old 04-27-2009, 09:57 PM
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:43 PM
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An Najaf, Iraq, 2004

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:12 AM
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Wow a left handed M7, any story on this pic OIF2? That looks like a standard 1911A1, not an MEU. Could it be a GI issue?
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:16 AM
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no 1911 here....just love this shot of our fairer gender ready to take names




one of our Australian brother humping it in Nam...1911 strapped on







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Thanks for the first post DSK! It is hard to find them on the net. You see them a lot on documentaries and magazines. I suspect most are in archives. This is one I have a tunnel rat in Vietnam.


I used to know a guy that did the tunnel rat deal in vietnam. probably the scariest thing I can think of. "go down in that hole. if you feel something, pull the trigger."
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I used to know a guy that did the tunnel rat deal in vietnam. probably the scariest thing I can think of. "go down in that hole. if you feel something, pull the trigger."
Those guys were hard core for sure. If I had to go, nothing I'd rather have than a .45. I've read that it had to play hell with your hearing though.
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oss recruits

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Here are two old pictures from LIFE Magazine circa 1938. Note the heavy wear to the finish even though it was just a 20 year-old pistol at the time.





Something a bit more recent:



I believe these are Filipino soldiers being trained by US forces:

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Here's another one fron '04...in front of the Governor's Palace, An Najaf, Iraq. Team 425-24. GI Rem Rand in a repro M7 LH rig.
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Sgt. Thomas F. Huff, is seated at the left. He is wearing a holstered Colt 45 automatic. Standing beside him is Pvt. Goldstein. Then also standing is Pvt Sardc. Seated on the right is Sgt. Gressman. Photo was taken in Luxemburg sometime in the spring of 1919.
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:02 AM
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Marine training

MEU service (1911A1 still the standard issued secondary weapon)






MEU 1911 pistols (Marine in-house 1911 bulit on original GI frame)



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Old 05-02-2009, 03:10 PM
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These first three are from the punitive expeditions







This one is from WWI



Two of Col. Henry Mucci







These fellows were Brazilian air force



Major General George S. Patton



Richard Winters and Lewis Nixon


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Old 05-02-2009, 05:05 PM
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Man, look at all those worthless bells and whistles, not to mention fluff on those MEU-(SOC) 1911s. If only those warriors knew better.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:37 PM
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Man, look at all those worthless bells and whistles, not to mention fluff on those MEU-(SOC) 1911s. If only those warriors knew better.
Might wanna watch it or the fellas will get after you with their tired, old, retro, fat, bald guy, has-been guns.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:25 PM
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:28 PM
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Photos of my Dad firing 1911A1 pistols when he served as an Army MP in 1961.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:54 AM
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Photos of my Dad firing 1911A1 pistols when he served as an Army MP in 1961.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:34 AM
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An Najaf, Iraq, 2004
A 1911 on his left and a Rolex on his right!!! Very nice!!!!
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