just wondering really

MarkBunt

Newbie
not just for the marines but all Armed Forces why do only Officer carry Pistols and not the soliders ? i know there a pistol thread already but doesnt answer my question
 

EX_STAB

Midshipman
A pistol is a defensive weapon. A rifle is an offensive weapon. British forces always strive to be as offensive as possible.
 

neil6814

Badgeman
I carried a .38 Webley when I was cox'n of a minesweeper during the Borneo campaign. I was a Petty Officer.
 

jesse650

War Hero
EX_STAB said:
A pistol is a defensive weapon. A rifle is an offensive weapon. British forces always strive to be as offensive as possible.
only when drunk! :D thus slurred jack 8O *&$%£"!
 
is it true that in the navy you have to shoot with the intention to kill and not just deform, maim, and stop the enemy? i heard quite recently its strongly frowned upon to only use a just amount of force.
 

slim

War Hero
I was taught that if you pointed your weapon at someone the intention should always be to kill. Don't know if it has changed since I left.
 

fleetchief

Badgeman
the idea is to shoot at the centre of the target mass. shooting someone in a limb is wild west fantasy stuff.
BTW the 5.56 rifle is designed to wound. the philosophy being a wounded man takes 3 people off the battlefield. the old L1A1 was designed to rip apart.
 

andym

War Hero
Ask yourself this question.If you see Johnny Raghead running towards you with his AK 47 spitting death,do you;

a.Shoot his kneecap,so he can the blow either you or your oppo up with the hand grenade he has in his pocket when you check him out?

b.You blow his brains or Chest out so hes dead as a dodo and out for the count.
Draw your own conclusions!
 

andym

War Hero
MarkBunt said:
not just for the marines but all Armed Forces why do only Officer carry Pistols and not the soliders ? i know there a pistol thread already but doesnt answer my question
A rifle is a heavy bit of kit,so for an Officer to lug one around it tantamount to Manual Labour!And we cant have our Officer classes doing Manual labour can we????? :lol: :lol:
 
Well all my family been forces an nobody ever made officer whereas i was told to do it by my ACLO, even thought i been given that job i don't wanna be treated any different. I would rather be in same shit as my lads than in a cushy office what ya learn i there???
 
just think that you are in the wrong post, we were talking about weapons not the disparity between entering as an officer or a rating.

did your ACLO check your command of the english language?
only a pet hate, people who use TXT TYPIN
 
Well seeing as i acheived 9A* and 2A's in my GCSE's i think my ACLO can sleep safe in the knowledge that im not a dumbass and reading an earlier post about a weapon being 'too heavy' for an officer inspired me to write.
 
yes you are right with those GCSE scores you will no doubt be promoted to Admiral of the fleet within 2 years or so.

in your gcse exam did they ask you the difference between though and thought??
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
MarkBunt said:
not just for the marines but all Armed Forces why do only Officer carry Pistols and not the soliders ? i know there a pistol thread already but doesnt answer my question
Where did you get your information from? Does that mean that I shouldn't still be date for my 9mm APWT as a Petty Officer?? :roll:
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
lauralovestodig said:
yes you are right with those GCSE scores you will no doubt be promoted to Admiral of the fleet within 2 years or so.

in your gcse exam did they ask you the difference between though and thought??
Ladies behave! Or I'll send you both to my room.... :twisted:
 
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