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The Beretta M9; The Standard

The Beretta M9 pistol was adopted as the primary handgun in 1985 by the United States military, replacing the Colt M1911A1.  The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action/double-action pistol.  It utilizes a 15-round staggered box magazine and can be positioned for either right- or left-handed shooters. Multiple internal safety features are included in this weapon, including a firing pin block that prevents the firing pin from moving without the trigger being pulled.  It also has a firing pin striker that rotates when the safety lever is engaged, which prevents the firing pin from being hit even if the hammer falls. The M9 is the standard issue pistol for the Navy, Army, and the Air Force.  This weapon was used extensively during the Iraq war, ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 13th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Benavidez - Hero Defined

Roy P Benavidez was a Master Sergeant with the United States Army from 1952-1976.  He enlisted in the military at age 17 and was eventually assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.  He is the true definition of an American hero. MSgt Benavidez was deployed to Vietnam twice during his career.  The first time was in 1965, where he served as an advisor to an infantry regiment.  Shortly after his arrival in the war-torn nation, he stepped on a landmine and was evacuated to the United States.  His injuries were so severe that doctors never expected him to walk again.  Fortunately, Roy was a fighter.  Just one short year after his injury, he walked out of the hospital. In 1968, Benavidez returned to ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 5th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

PTSD - Invisible Wounds

We sometimes think the sacrifices of military men and women conclude upon their return home.  Unfortunately for many that’s just not the case.  Too frequently, they end up fighting post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a similar affliction for years after their deployment ends.  PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can result after exposure to a traumatic event and it overwhelms the person’s ability to cope with the situation.  Their are a multitude of symptoms; the most frequent include flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigiliance. In an effort to raise awareness and decrease the stigma associated with veterans seeking treatment for PTSD,  The USO put out a series of videos about invisible wounds.  The video we have included in this post is the story of Eric ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 22nd, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen

Everyone has heard of the Navy SEALs and the amazing work they do.  What most people don’t know is the amount of support staff the SEALs require to operate efficiently.  The Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) is one of the most critical players in helping the SEALs operate.  They operate and maintain an inventory of small craft that are used to support special operations missions. SWCC members are extensively trained in craft, weapons tactics, techniques and procedures.  They are most often used in clandestine infiltration and exfiltration operations – which means they drop off and pick up Navy SEALs on secret missions.  SWCC is able to provide dedicated, rapid mobility in shallow areas of water.  Operators must be physically fit, highly motivated, combat-focused, and responsive ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 9th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

The Ever-Popular M240

One of the most loved weapons among the infantry in the United States Armed Forces is the M240 Machine Gun.  In use since the 1980s, the M240 is a belt-fed, gas operated medium machine gun that uses the 7.62 x 51mm NATO cartridge.  While it isn’t the lightest machine gun in its class, it is one of the most reliable and most widely used. The M240 is often found among rifle companies, as well as ground vehicles, watercraft and aircraft.  This machine gun is usually fired from a bipod, tripod, or a mounted position on a vehicle.  There are many variants of this weapon, with each deviation designed to meet a specific area of the military.  One of the most common variations is the M240G, ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on August 1st, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military
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