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    Special Forces, Vietnam 1963 and Original Issue M1 Carbines

    Seen this posted by fellow member milprileb on another forum.
    Spotted a number of Carbines, at least 1 having early features @11:20 in.
    Proof ? That not all carbines were Rebuilt?

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    Yes, lots of Carbines shown without bayonet lugs. Used to watch "The Big Picture" a lot on TV in the mid to late 50's. I believe it was on CBS on Saturdays. For a long time CBS (KOIN - Portland) was the only channel our area could receive. - Bob

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    GIBOBUS,
    Did you see the Carbine with Flip rear sight and narrow barrel band at about 11:20 in ?

    ---------- Post added at 04:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:26 PM ----------

    I don't know how to grab and post a screen shot showing the US instructor handling the carbine with early features (Flip, T1 band) @ 11:20
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    Yep, saw the same one I think at 4:11 or 5:25. I'll post a picture of it for you - believe it had a 30 round mag, too.
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    USBOBGI,
    Thanks a lot, You'll have to PM me and explain how you pulled that picture !!
    To much shadow to see if it has a push safety, flat bolt and type Op slide.
    Any way to tweek the shadows ?

    So there were as issued (not rebuilt) carbines this late (1963) still in US Armories ?
    Or might this have been a carbine pieced together by the small Armories in Vietnam

    Makes me think about this picture from the thread 1,5 million carbines left in Vietnam....
    Where the US instructor teaching bayonet use has a Type 3 Bayo lug, but also a rear Flip Sight:

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    You know it's possible that those carbines were left that way for use in Viet Nam. Very simple for a draftee who is uneducated to use a flip sight instead of an adjustable rear sight. Four carbines, 2 Garands and a BAR. I wonder if those men in the back ground that are smiling are really VC infiltrators? Seems about right.

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    A lot of the carbines in use in VN were captured from the Americans in 1950 when the 1st Cav and 2ID ran the gauntlet out of N Korea when the Chinese army came across the Yalu. There were thousands of weapons and artillery, trucks, ammunition etc left behind. These weapons were sent down to the Viet Mihn in N VN. To use against the Frenchicon. In 63 it would be very easy for a weapon picked up on the battlefield to be back in the hands of the good guys.

    The VC were everywhere in the south. It was not uncommon to have units switch sides to avoid destruction. The best Viet fighting units were not the Viet Army, they were the hired indigenous soldiers. Mike forces etc.

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    We inserted and extracted a lot of teams. I think the best I ever saw were the ROK. Small on talk, big on action.

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    The picture USGIBOB pulled from the video shows a lot of damage to the stock hand guard, it seen service somewhere and not just pulled from the wrap.
    Interesting to see the different variations, no matter the time, place of the picture or film.
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    Ah yes the Korean Tiger Division. The VC feared them as the NVA later learned to. Top notch fighters for sure. Asked no quarter and gave none.

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