PS Does anyone know what the tripod mounted gun is?? I have one other picture of that scene, so they must have been having a good time when they took that picture...
This is great information, I knew I would pick up some knowledge if I posted this. Thank you dfariswheel.If he was issued or managed to get a pistol it would likely have been either a 1911-A1 .45, or a S&W "Victory" model in .38 Special.
It's at least possible he could have had a Colt or S&W Model 1917 revolver in .45ACP.
If he had a rifle it almost certainly would have been an M1 Carbine since it was intended to be issued to non-combat support personnel.
If Navy personnel had access to an actual rifle, it was almost always a 1903 series Springfield.
I knew a shooter in my old gun club who'd been in the Navy during the war and he said they had M1 Carbines, 1903 Springfield's and a few Thompson SMG's.
He said other then in the hands of Army and Marines, they never saw an M1 Rifle.
It was very late in the war before there were enough M1 Rifles to go around, so most non-infantry personnel didn't have them.
For knives, if he was actually issued one, it would have been a Mark One as above, or a Mark Two which is the same as the Marine "Ka-Bar". Both the Mark One and Mark Two were issued with leather sheaths, and later in the war with gray fiberglass bayonet type scabbards.
Both the Mark One and Mark Two were made by a large number of companies who'd made knives before the war.
MANY personnel had personal knives of any conceivable sort they picked up somewhere, including home made knives. A lot of knives owned by Navy personnel were made in Navy machine shops both for Navy and Marines willing to trade or pay.
Many Seabee's had hot businesses making knives or converting knives and bayonets into combat knives.
Every commercial company who made knives before the war made them during the war for use of military personnel. These were sold through PX's and Ships Stores in VAST numbers, so large numbers of people who had a knife had a non-official issue type knife that had been sold as hunting knifes before the war.
I want one!There's a chance he carried one of these: PAL USN Mark 1
"Goofin' for the Photo!"why is that one man in the picture pointing a shotgun at the head of the man siting behind the browning machine gun? a pretty loose bunch of fellows.
Do a search on e-bay these can be had a lot of the time for around $50 or less. The most expensive one I saw was $185. Just depends on what condition you want it in... Good luck. DennisThis is great information, I knew I would pick up some knowledge if I posted this. Thank you dfariswheel.
I want one!