M-106 mortar carrier

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M-106 mortar carrier

Joined: April 3rd, 2009, 3:02 am

March 12th, 2018, 6:06 pm #1

I know I'll get an answer real quick on this, "Nam era, did the crew have M-16's as well as .45 pistols? Fast forward to Desert Storm and into Iraqi Freedom, M-4's as well as 9mm?
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March 12th, 2018, 11:19 pm #2

N/t
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Joined: July 13th, 2004, 1:39 am

March 13th, 2018, 11:52 am #3

I know I'll get an answer real quick on this, "Nam era, did the crew have M-16's as well as .45 pistols? Fast forward to Desert Storm and into Iraqi Freedom, M-4's as well as 9mm?
The crew would be issued either rifles or pistols, but not both. This is especially true of mortar carriers since the crewmen are all Infantrymen first (11C); crosstrained as mortarmen. My guess is that a mortar carrier crew would have been issued rifles, esp. since there is a holder for them in the crew area. Also, if issued pistols, there are usually a couple rifles that are assigned as part of the vehicle BII.

For a Vietnam M106, it would have been M16A1s and M1911 .45s if issued pistols.

During ODS ('90-'91), it was a transition period. For the crew of an M106A1, the rifles could have been either M16A1 or M16A2. The pistol could have been either an M1911 .45 or an M9 Beretta. It depended on the unit and when they updated to the newer weapons.

For Iraq (OIF), the mortar carrier was an M1064A3 120mm. The M106 was gone by then. The rifles could be either M16A2s or M4s, depending on the unit. Pistols would be M9s.
Last edited by Gino P. Quintiliani on March 15th, 2018, 6:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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March 23rd, 2018, 7:12 pm #4

I expected you'd have the intel, so is it Colonel these days, Brigadier or did you retire?
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March 23rd, 2018, 10:55 pm #5

Retired in AUG '17, moved the family home to Tampa, FL and got a job as a contractor in CENTCOM J5 on MacDill AFB. Life is good!
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March 24th, 2018, 8:40 pm #6

If you make your way to Orlando for a day or two let me know.
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Joined: February 20th, 2001, 2:56 am

March 29th, 2018, 4:37 am #7

I know I'll get an answer real quick on this, "Nam era, did the crew have M-16's as well as .45 pistols? Fast forward to Desert Storm and into Iraqi Freedom, M-4's as well as 9mm?
I can only speak to an armored battalion mortar platoon in the 1987-90 timeframe but it was M16A2 for all except platoon leader and platoon sergeant who had pistols. Plus M-60 on each M577 FDC track.

Paul
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