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    Nah it didn't upset me lol.. just seemed like he was trying to take a shot at me. I wasn't making a big deal out of it or anything.
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    He probably was and it happens =P Smile and move on that's the best advice I can give you lol. I have a feeling the guys/girls wearing the Smokey The Bear hats at Ft. Benning will be saying much worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rblizzard View Post
    MP there's really no need to get hostile or anything.

    And i appreciate the understanding Sharkey lol
    Are you talking about my COD reference, it was more of a general joke about your terms "join a squad" and "gun" than. Poking fun directly at you.
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    Your weapon assignment within your team will be influenced by a number of factors. For example, most of the Team Leader's I know who went to Afghanistan carried the 203 themselves as a method of marking targets and such. In Iraq on the other hand the 203 was, at best, a pain to lug around and we rarely utilized it, so it was assigned to a jr. private. There are plenty of times that I have seen a new private being given the 249, but that was dependent on him being in good shape. When you're just playing around with a SAW, you don't think it's too much heavier than an M-4, but add in 1100 rounds of ammo, and that thing will break you off. On that note, a really strong private could easily find himself as a 240 gunner.
    There is something magical about a SAW though. I always thought it was a perfect middle ground. You get to run around and play infantry with a line squad instead of hanging out with weapons sqd, but you still get serious firepower. Of course, I also loved being a weapons team leader just because my gunner and I used have a lot of fun with that beautiful 240B and all of the destruction it can rain down

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    Agreed KTK haha d:

    And yes MP, that's what i was talking about. It's all good though. I'm over it (:

    Thanks Prevail, Thats pretty much what I've heard from my recruiters about having a stronger private being a 240 gunner. It makes sense to me and it would be pretty fun carrying around a SAW for a while. It doesnt suprise me though that all that ammunition could add a ton of weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPclk2006 View Post
    We dont use guns....

    We use weapons.
    The M249 is either issued as an automatic rifle or as a machine GUN (the difference is a bipod vs. a tripod). The M240 is a General Purpose Machine GUN. The M2 is a heavy machine GUN. The Mk19 is a Grenade Machine GUN. When we employ heavy and grenade machine GUNS we use the skills of GUNNERY. The M2 Bradley's main armament is the M242 Bushmaster 25mm chain GUN - and they qualify on the Bradley GUNNERY Course. For support our helicopters sometimes mount the M134 Gatling GUN.

    Look around our Army, and you'll find quite a few weapons where 'Gun' is part of the official nomenclature...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rblizzard View Post
    I hope this I'm posting this in the right area. But I've heard that upon joining a squad most infantry will be issued the M249 SAW as sort of a "right of passage." I'm really curious if this is true or not, and if not, which gun is actually issued?
    LOL... some idiots in my old Battalion has this idea in their head.. new guy gets the general purpose machine gun... why??.... cos its heavy!!.. all fine to play games when no one is trying to kill you, so when some is actually trying to kill you, the machine gunner is a critical element in the firefight.. every squad should have a FSG (fire support group) which is two guys possibly crewing with an M240 or maybe M249 and those guys put down suppressing fire, so gunnery skills HAVE to be good or you dont win the fight.. ask the Taliban, they know allot about not hitting a barn door with a machine gun... ALL soldiers should be able to carry field weapons upto 25lbs plus 200 rounds of belt ammo (minimum) and 5 loaded mags minimum upto 10 miles a day as a guide.. if they cant, then in my view, they are not combat ready troops... there was no tea breaks for the British Army or the USMC in helmund fighting the Taliban, those lads had to put in the march for nearly every fight.. and most of those guys came home able to carry their own body weight for miles in weaponry, ammo and kit..
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