What does a 50-foot NRA range for .22 rifles in Oklahoma have to do with the combat effectiveness and survival of a Marine in Vietnam? In the young life of R.S. Hildreth, almost everything.
Early last year, the Puerto Rican Police Bureau demilled and liquidated some of its old stocks of rifles as parts kits for private purchase. These kits give the average enthusiast the ability of building up a clone of one of the earliest evolutions of the AR-15 platform: the Colt Model 601.
Early SEAL teams utilized this not-so-well-known Smith & Wesson Model 39 "Hush Puppy" variant when stealth was a top priority.
In the mid-20th century, The U.S. Air Force had many Combat Masterpiece revolvers in its service, later known as the Model 15.
Against one or two of the enemy, mortar fire is is ineffective. The military's answer to the problem is snipers.