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Just introducing myself to the camp.
I'm an OLD VN vet (1st Air Cav '65-'66) at 78.
I still like to shoot & do some .22 precision rifle matches & some military rifle matches.
I 'Snowbird in Bullhead City, AZ for 4 months in the winter, down from the Boise area.
I have recently been shooting some Swedish Mausers (M96 & M38's) with great enthusiasm!
It is amazing how accurate those rifles are! Just iron sights and cast bullet loads, but great, easy shooting fun for a 100Y range! Fortunately, AZ has a nice State range not far away towards Oatman.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone,
Denny
 

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Charles, thanks for the welcome. Interesting, because the good doctors & nurses in our MASH unit saved my leg too.
I was the first man in to LZ Hereford. Huey that was dropping me off was getting shot up so I jumped at almost 20' off the ground into the buffalo grass directly onto a punji stake hidden there.
We did not have steel plated boots back then and it went thru the sole and my foot with the tip coming out at the ankle. Since turned out that we got contact a few minutes later, I was busy getting bad wounded onto the one or two ships that we could get in there with the rain that started, The punji stake had broken off at the sole of my boot, so 4-5" of it stayed in my foot. I didn't think that much about it with the fire fight and artillery coming down all around the perimeter that night until about 48 hours later. A medic had heard about it & crawled over to me. He slit my pant leg open, and I had all these bright red streaks going up my leg! I passed out on the flight back & woke up to the pretty smiling face of brunette nurse that had a six inch needle up that wound squirting anti-biotics up it.
She was TOO OLD for me though; she must have been 26-28!
 

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Mp4gunner, I still tend to hate the AR's because our M-16e1's were always jamming up & blowing case heads off. One night on LZ Albany during a VC attack, out of 8 guys on our end of the LZ, only ONE rifle was still operating:mad:. I'd be curious of your dad's experience with it? They tell me that it was a problem with a powder change early on.
He may also have the same experience as I had, that if you were engaging close up (under 30-40Y), you had better shoot for the bridge of their nose (CNS) if you wanted them to go right down & not keep firing at you after they have taken a couple hits in the torso. I wished many times that I still had my M-14.
220th? Maybe 227, 228 or 229th at that time?
 
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