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Old 07-23-2017, 06:19 PM
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Marine Corp issued 1911?

Hi, new member and new 1911 owner (just picked up a Remington R1 Enhanced stainless after having pretty much only single action revolvers up to this point). My dad was in the Marine Corp from 1962 to 1966. I've done some Googling but haven't been able to find any clear information on whether the Marines issued 1911's. Does anyone know whether he might have been issued one and what make/model it would have been? The only firearm I know he used was a M14 but he never mentioned any handguns. My goal would be to track down and hopefully buy a copy of whatever he might have used. Appreciate any information.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:48 PM
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Hello HPD72, welcome to the best forum on USGI 1911s around. If my memory
serves me right, the Marines issued 1911/1911A1s to Corpsman, staff ncos & officers. All I ever remember seeing were rebuilts, I sometime carried a .45 on patrols as a squad leader.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:35 AM
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Thanks for the response Cliff. So it sounds like there's nothing specific I can really look for.
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Old 07-24-2017, 04:29 PM
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Hello HPD72, welcome to the best forum on USGI 1911s around. If my memory
serves me right, the Marines issued 1911/1911A1s to Corpsman, staff ncos & officers. All I ever remember seeing were rebuilts, I sometime carried a .45 on patrols as a squad leader.
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:46 AM
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Hi HPD72

I think that lcliffn48 has already given you an exhaustive answer.

Welcome to our 1911 forum, JMO this is one of the best gun forums among the several I belong to, to me it's quite a learning experience, I hope you'll enjoy your time here.

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Old 07-25-2017, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for the response Cliff. So it sounds like there's nothing specific I can really look for.
Any M1911 or M1911A1 could have been around his unit. They were still the U.S. sidearm at that time. This means literally any one of them. And, as already stated, the average troop did not get issued a pistol. Maybe you should find a Springfield M1A with walnut stock and let it be the commemorative 'M14' for his service. The real M14s will never be released because they are machine guns, so the M1A is as close as you can get.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:48 AM
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MP's.
* Machine gunners & mortar man often carried a side arm

*RTO / Radio Telephone Operators

*Armor personnel / Tank crew / APC driver

*Huey pilots / aviators

*Grenadiers / M79

*Scout Sniper / Recon



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Old 07-27-2017, 07:33 PM
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Hi, new member and new 1911 owner (just picked up a Remington R1 Enhanced stainless after having pretty much only single action revolvers up to this point). My dad was in the Marine Corp from 1962 to 1966. I've done some Googling but haven't been able to find any clear information on whether the Marines issued 1911's. Does anyone know whether he might have been issued one and what make/model it would have been? The only firearm I know he used was a M14 but he never mentioned any handguns. My goal would be to track down and hopefully buy a copy of whatever he might have used. Appreciate any information.
I was a Marine Military Policeman. I had a Remington Rand made in 1944. In our armory we also had 4 inch and 2 inch S&W revolvers.

Colt a few years ago had produced some WWII reproduction pistols that would be very nice instead of a 70+ year old beater.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:38 AM
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As other folks mentioned, chances are he carried a rifle.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:30 PM
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0341's(Mortars) didn't carry 1911's we carried M16's...way back when 1974-1980.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:30 PM
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I served in the marines about the same time as your dad. At every duty station I was issued a 1911A1. I have a 1943 1911A1 that was owned by my dad, also a marine, and cannot recall any difference between it and those I used in the 60's. As far as I can recall I never saw a 1911, they were all A1's.

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Old 08-08-2017, 03:35 AM
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I was in the marines about the same time as your dad and the 1911a1 was the normal issue depending on your MOS or rank. The 1911's I was issued probably dated from WWII on.
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