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.
 
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???
 
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