Post by solaris on Jun 18, 2018 18:22:13 GMT
My son was a tank crewman in the army. When they deployed, they all had pistols. But at some point in the 15 months he was there (yes, 15 months), they turned in their pistols and everyone either got an M4 or an M16. That is curious because the army is very liberal when it comes to distributing weapons. The infantry platoon they worked with was issued with the so-called port firing weapon (M231) but they stayed packed up in their shipping container. Even as a tank unit, they were issued with .50 caliber rifles, which I guess was a Barrett, but they passed them on to another unit, apparently not of much use to a tanker. They also possessed some captured Russian weapons but there was no interest in using them and there was no ammunition source anyway.
I was in Amphibious Assault in the Marines. we rated an M4, but since we were broke at the time (Clinton years) we had M-16A2 and an M9 when we made NCO.
If you have to pull your pistol in combat, you're either clearing a very small room, or your day is really sucking. A rifle is always your best bet, but when you run out of rifle ammo, your pistol becomes a great option.