Military men and women: tell us about your stuff!

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Military men and women: tell us about your stuff!

Postby TheFluff » Thu 31 Jan 2013 02:21

Inspired by orcbuster's post about the norwegian m113's cramped interior.

We all probably know more than is really necessary about the hard stats of various military vehicles, guns and other equipment. What I feel like I don't know, however, is what many of these things are perceived by their users.

So, all of you soldiers: tell us about your stuff! Was your APC unbearably cold in winter? Were the seats padded? Did you like your backpacks? Was there some piece of equipment everyone hated? Is it easy to drive a tank?

Tell me your favorite equipment trivia! My curiosity is never sated.

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Postby DeuZerre » Thu 31 Jan 2013 02:39

I didn't have much stuff in my hands, but the famas has one particularly hated bit.

La tête de Mickey ("Mickey's head"):

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Due to its early Bullpup design, the FAMAS has the ejection that's where your cheek is, but on the other side of the gun. In order not to have hot coppery love for left eyed soldiers, the gun can be switched from left to right, when disassembled, by alternating a small, slippery, oily bit in the drawing above. And it happens quite often that you disassemble, then reassemble your gun... After you put mickey's ears (one shorter than the other) on the wrong side... So you need to almost entirely disassemble the gun, again...

Also, take into account that you need to hold together the three bits in the bottom left, while putting them in where a spring just pulls them out...
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Postby orcbuster » Thu 31 Jan 2013 03:56

Cleaning the MG-3 was always the most time-consuming job at the end of the day. A HK416 takes about 10 minutes to clean properly maybe 15 if you want it to be "porno" once you get used to it, the MG3 takes about 2 hours for 2 guys due to all the little hard to reach spots in it not to mention the bolt that splits into about 20 annoyingly hard to assemble pieces.

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On the bright side there is few weapons more fun to shoot. 1200RPM is a freaking joy (shouting: get some! at the top of your voice just happens all by itself) and it's accuracy is nothing to sniff at. During WWII the germans could use it as an inproptu indirect weapon when on the defense, mounting it on a lafette tripod and aiming in at distances up to 3000 meters by determining the impact area before going into contact.

Only downside is that it consumes enourmous amounts of 7.62x51, which is friggin heavy to carry around.

Also, people running around with a javelin missile or a carl gustav like it was nothing is the biggest lie you've ever been fed. Those things are heavy.
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Postby ikalugin » Thu 31 Jan 2013 06:08

Warning, some people might find this disturbing!
Do not leave extra cleaning materials in your RPG7 as it makes the RPG a non recoilless canon.
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Also, You load mortar the pointy end up and fins end down. (Video in the comments).
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Postby troublmaker » Thu 31 Jan 2013 06:47

A high school friend of mine joined the Canadian forces and after two years he was promoted to the Canadian Special Forces (yes the famous CSF) as a sniper (yes the top snipers in the world!)

When he was on duty in Afghanistan he states his team mates would rotate watching for targets from a desert hill top. All the while the remainder of the crew would lie down in lawn chairs and twice a day a delivery of Tim Horton's food and coffee would arrive via APC.

If Wargame: ALB is to be realistic I suspect that the CSF should be spotted relaxing while idle (lawn chairs and all) and should also be handed a Tim Horton's coffee whenever a supply truck gets to them.

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Postby ikalugin » Thu 31 Jan 2013 06:51

I somehow doupt that a high intensity conflict would be the same as low intensity one.
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Postby troublmaker » Thu 31 Jan 2013 06:59

For political reasons Canadian forces are rarely put in actual combat situations. Generally Canadian forces will provide support roles in wars often providing recon, engineering, and transport.

My buddy was re-deployed to Mali very recently to protect our assets their. At first people thought they were being sent to defend the air transport we brought the French. In reality the CFS are off to protect a Canadian embassy at the capitol from potential future rioting with no rules of engagement.

I'll have to see when he comes back from his tour in six months whether or not he was sitting on a lawn chair the whole time.

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Postby skyray » Thu 31 Jan 2013 07:10

One memory that comes to mind is my first night fire exercise with an M-16A1 in 1982. I mounted an AN/PVS 4 on the weapon and saw that "Starlight Scopes", as they were popularly called then, were amazing. Then, letting loose with a few mags of 5.56mm ball tracer made me feel as though I were in a Star Wars movie. It was really just too much fun at the time.
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Postby [DAY]Topspin2005 » Thu 31 Jan 2013 08:54

So much memoirs about military time :mrgreen:
I was used in the Expo2000 Hannover military escort for politicans and "heads of states". So i had a special education for the airport to pick them up from the red carpet after the "states receiving".

It's not really equipment, but i can share some photos here...
Our corps:
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Some pictures from the driving training on expo cars:
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Pictures from the Expo escort:
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Thank you from the Expo Company:
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Postby chema1994 » Thu 31 Jan 2013 09:00

Driving an Audi A8, I wanna this job.
didnt know that the Bundeswehr did escorting missions, I thought that was more a Polizei/Bundespolizei task

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