The fight that developed in the streets of in 1968 would give the Marine Corps one of its most memorable victories—in a battle style for which the Marines had not been trained. The guns used during the conflict ranged from brand-new M16A1s and M40 sniper rifles to World War II leftovers.
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.