Fort Snelling squad sticking to its guns

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2011 - 10:39 PM

Volunteers who honor veterans at funerals resist Army plans to change rifles, saying World War II-era weapons are too heavy and too complicated.

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SixmarkDec. 21, 1111:03 PM

Tell the Army to give a total dollar amount they want for the rifles if they were to turn them over to the rifle squad on a permanent basis and I will write them a check.

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sharkysharkDec. 21, 1111:11 PM

Government to the rescue. Is there no end to this?

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lenny7Dec. 22, 1112:11 AM

First, I'm impressed with the writer for making the distinction between the M1903 and the M1903A3! I own one of each, and three M1 Garands. While I love the M1, I can certainly understand why these old soldiers prefer to use the '03s. They're much easier to load for those old veteran hands. I guarantee the Army cannot come up with one logical explanation to do this, and hopefully they will see the error of their ways. If the US Army takes away the squad's '03s, I will gladly donate both of mine to them.

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aspartzDec. 22, 11 1:17 AM

The '03 Springfield rifles are wearing out. This wear is causing problems at services. The local legion post has stopped reloading between volleys, but rather just have 1/3 of the squad fire for each volley to avoid the fail to eject or jamming of the bolt which interrupts the flow of the services. Also, according to Wiki, the weight difference is less than one pound.

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gener7Dec. 22, 11 4:53 AM

These people are performing a wonderful VOLUNTEER service for the families of our deceased veterans. Within reason, it only seems right that the Army comply with their wishes. If the problem is merely an occasional finger getting caught, have them sign a release form and send them to the VA to get it stitched. If the problem is that the weapons are no longer functioning properly, then somebody either needs to take the responsibility to put them into good repair or allow the Army to replace them. What do we need to hire a professional mediator here?

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darkknight9Dec. 22, 11 6:14 AM

Wearing out? The venerable springfield is based on the Mauser 98 design. Hundreds of thousands of rounds go through either of them before you even have to think about replacing some of the springs. A set of fresh springs and a new extractor would work wonders. Not to mention cost quite a bit less than if say one of the incoming M1's were from CMP's rack grade where the op rod breaks and screws up the gas system after the first hundred rounds or so. You go vets! (Not to mention, have you ever been the recipient of a "garand thumb"? Ouch.)

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wclabotsDec. 22, 11 6:55 AM

I am very confident that we as private citizens can raise the private funds need to provide and maintain the rifles of choice for the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad. They were at my father’s internment. My check book is ready.

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UMD1983Dec. 22, 11 7:51 AM

Hats off to these guys for honoring their comrades-in-arms. They honor the dead and do a service for the survivors. Sounds like the Army is trying to fix something that isn't necessarily broken; leave these guys alone. If some of them are up for the change, why not allow each member to choose his firearm?

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tpnelsonDec. 22, 11 8:48 AM

Typical goverment.. What caught my eye was big brother trying to bring down the number of rifles in the squad.

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vampress_meDec. 22, 11 9:52 AM

Sixmark and wclabots - I'm with you. They should be allowed to keep these guns, and my checkbook is ready too. They do a wonderful service for families and the memory of the rifle volley has stuck with me for over 30 years from when my grandfather was buried.

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