During the Vietnam War, the men of the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) carried an astonishing array of firearms while operating behind enemy lines.
This presentation from Martin K.A. Morgan covers the evolution of firearms from the start of the Advisory Period and the subsequent Americanization of the conflict all the way through to the Tet Offensive, the Cambodian Incursion, the Vietnamization of the conflict, the U.S. withdrawal in 1973 and the eventual Fall of Saigon and the evacuation of the Embassy during Operation Frequent Wind.
In this third and final episode in the series, Major John L. Plaster, one of the world's foremost authorities on sniping, discusses Marine snipers in Vietnam, and American Rifleman Field Editor Wiley Clapp, who was a Marine captain in Vietnam, recalls the first time he and his men went up against the AK-47.
This week's "Throwback Thursday" is part of a special report titled "Can U.S. Troops Still Shoot?" that originated in the December 1969 American Rifleman, reflecting on the state of U.S. marksmanship in the major wars of that century, and several years after the United States' became involved in the Vietnam conflict. Here the author takes a hard and realistic approach regarding our riflemens' performance
During the Vietnam War, the men of the Studies and Observations Group carried an astonishing array of small arms. Armed with everything from sawed-off machine guns to the first CAR-15s to Gyrojet pistols, these covert warriors had to move fast and hit hard.