Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"Behind Enemy Lines: Weapons of Vietnam's Covert Warriors"
An article at the American Rifleman by Maj. John L. Plaster discussing various weapons used by the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). Because the units weren't supposed to be operating in Laos or Cambodia, there had to be deniability of their association with the U.S. military. Accordingly, at least early on, they used weapons from other countries and/or considered obsolete. Later, after it was not uncommon for enemy troops to use captured American weapons, they SOG turned to using the M-16, XM-117 (CAR-15) and other modified U.S. weapons. The SOG also used a number of unusual weapons, including a gyrojet pistol. Anyway, an interesting read for those who like military history.