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wayoflife
11-03-2012, 04:21 AM
In the back corner of the Off Road Hall, there was a really cool display of vehicles that Special Operation Forces use in the field and, as you can guess, the first one in the line up was a standard AM General HMMWV...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319582&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

Next up was a Polaris MV850 ATV...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319558&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

Of course, that was followed up by a Kawasaki Teryex...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319618&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

and last but not least, an armored up Toyota Hilux....
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319540&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319515&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=319519&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=72b69f84ba0ff1cd501c01780915948a

I'm sure this is no news to Greg but for the rest of us, go figure :crazyeyes:

GCM 2
11-03-2012, 04:25 AM
Those ARE my actual rigs I do most of my wheeling in. Although the newer Hilux's are not nearly as cool as the earlier models. :thumb:

wayoflife
11-03-2012, 04:27 AM
Those ARE my actual rigs I do most of my wheeling in. Although the newer Hilux's are not nearly as cool as the earlier models. :thumb:

aside from everyone shooting at you, sounds like a fun job :crazyeyes:

GCM 2
11-03-2012, 04:31 AM
aside from everyone shooting at you, sounds like a fun job :crazyeyes:

It's even better when you are stuffed into the vehicle, which is stuffed into an aircraft that is being shot at during the landing on an insertion. Now that gets you thinking about picking the right driving lines quickly.

J-S
11-03-2012, 04:32 AM
Indeed it is a fun job ;)

wayoflife
11-03-2012, 04:34 AM
It's even better when you are stuffed into the vehicle, which is stuffed into an aircraft that is being shot at during the landing on an insertion. Now that gets you thinking about picking the right driving lines quickly.

what, you mean to tell me you don't get use a spotter? :thinking::crazyeyes::cheesy:

GCM 2
11-03-2012, 04:43 AM
what, you mean to tell me you don't get use a spotter? :thinking::crazyeyes::cheesy:

If you are in the GMV (HMMWV), your spotter is on the main gun up top in the turret. Back in the early days we never had doors so it was easier to self spot ;)

ProfessionalDriver
11-03-2012, 05:04 AM
If you are in the GMV (HMMWV), your spotter is on the main gun up top in the turret. Back in the early days we never had doors so it was easier to self spot ;)

Nice AK... :yup:

Better yet, nice gun sling.

wayoflife
11-03-2012, 05:10 AM
If you are in the GMV (HMMWV), your spotter is on the main gun up top in the turret. Back in the early days we never had doors so it was easier to self spot ;)

damn, that's just badass there my friend. props to you and all you do :thumb:

GCM 2
11-03-2012, 03:11 PM
Nice AK... :yup:

Better yet, nice gun sling.

Bungee cords, Velcro, zip ties, duct tape (100mph tape to military guys) .....never go to war without them :rock:


damn, that's just badass there my friend. props to you and all you do :thumb:

Well thank you Eddie :thumb:

J-S
11-03-2012, 04:19 PM
damn, that's just badass there my friend. props to you and all you do :thumb:

Yep I had few chances to carry these guys in a chinook in Afghanistan and every time it made me miss my grunt time.

ProfessionalDriver
11-03-2012, 05:00 PM
Bungee cords, Velcro, zip ties, duct tape (100mph tape to military guys) .....never go to war without them :rock:


Thank you for your continued service to this great country, Greg! :cool:

Prime8
11-03-2012, 06:54 PM
If you are in the GMV (HMMWV), your spotter is on the main gun up top in the turret. Back in the early days we never had doors so it was easier to self spot ;)

Curious as to why you have an AK? Easier to use in dirty conditions?

J-S
11-03-2012, 06:54 PM
I would guess that it's because AK's rarelly/never have stoppages

Strainger
11-03-2012, 07:31 PM
Thank you for your continued service to this great country, Greg! :cool:

Times two! Stay safe! ( you still owe me a beer, but I won't press the point....too much. ).

GCM 2
11-03-2012, 08:05 PM
Curious as to why you have an AK? Easier to use in dirty conditions?

I have an AK because the guy I got it from didn't need it anymore..... but that's another story that always gets better over the years ;) Anywho, the weapon helps me apply a long honored tactical tradition that applies to many things in life; "one is none, two is one, three is two.....". What that means is that if you only have one of an item, you basically have none because the laws of averages is sure to have it stop working, have it break, or you will lose it. So you carry two of certain things to ensure your survivability, or you may even carry three. In this case I already have a suppressed M4 carbine slung over my shoulder for doing my real fighting and distance work (my primary weapon), I have a 1911 pistol strapped to my right thigh (my secondary) and then the AK became a third weapon for urban operations, but actually has the likelyhood of being used first because it's sole purpose was for reaction to ambush and/or picking up the firing duties if my main gunner up top on the .50cal or mini gun needed to change ammo cans out because he went dry. This means no pause in returning fire towards the enemy's general direction while the main gun is down. As the driver, your duties are to DRIVE and not be involved in the rolling gun fight unless absolutely necessary.


I would guess that it's because AK's rarelly/never have stoppages

This does have a little merit to it :) AK's are built so cheap and are really such shit weapons because their machining tolerances are so loose, they rarely jam up, just keep on firing clean, dusty, muddy, wet, whatever. The best accuracy equals tight build tolerances, but means poor reliability in austere conditions. You have to find that sweet middle ground for combat guns.

but over the course of any war, conflict or event in the last 28 years or so, I have always come across one or two extra weapons.

Prime8
11-04-2012, 01:59 AM
In your third picture... I recognize the M4 and the MP5, but what is that odd looking third weapon?

MTG
11-04-2012, 01:59 AM
I have an AK because the guy I got it from didn't need it anymore...

LOL! So awesome!

MpulseJK
11-04-2012, 03:12 AM
I have an AK because the guy I got it from didn't need it anymore..... but that's another story that always gets better over the years ;) Anywho, the weapon helps me apply a long honored tactical tradition that applies to many things in life; "one is none, two is one, three is two.....". What that means is that if you only have one of an item, you basically have none because the laws of averages is sure to have it stop working, have it break, or you will lose it. So you carry two of certain things to ensure your survivability, or you may even carry three. In this case I already have a suppressed M4 carbine slung over my shoulder for doing my real fighting and distance work (my primary weapon), I have a 1911 pistol strapped to my right thigh (my secondary) and then the AK became a third weapon for urban operations, but actually has the likelyhood of being used first because it's sole purpose was for reaction to ambush and/or picking up the firing duties if my main gunner up top on the .50cal or mini gun needed to change ammo cans out because he went dry. This means no pause in returning fire towards the enemy's general direction while the main gun is down. As the driver, your duties are to DRIVE and not be involved in the rolling gun fight unless absolutely necessary.

This does have a little merit to it :) AK's are built so cheap and are really such shit weapons because their machining tolerances are so loose, they rarely jam up, just keep on firing clean, dusty, muddy, wet, whatever. The best accuracy equals tight build tolerances, but means poor reliability in austere conditions. You have to find that sweet middle ground for combat guns.

but over the course of any war, conflict or event in the last 28 years or so, I have always come across one or two extra weapons.

That's just crazy man. Mad props to u Greg.

Sharkey
11-04-2012, 03:25 AM
LOL! So awesome!

Yeah...I definitely laughed at that one too.

Seriously though Greg, thank you (and anyone else on here who works for our country on foreign soil) for helping to make a safe and free country for my children to grow up in.

GCM 2
11-04-2012, 03:37 AM
........what is that odd looking third weapon?

Beretta M12, it's been around since the late 1950's.

GCM 2
11-04-2012, 03:41 AM
Yeah...I definitely laughed at that one too.

Seriously though Greg, thank you (and anyone else on here who works for our country on foreign soil) for helping to make a safe and free country for my children to grow up in.

Hey brother, you are welcome. There are a lot more guys that are younger, harder charging in the midst of their prime doing the job now. I'm just the older guy mentoring them now, fortunately I still get to be at the tip of the spear every now again overseas :thumb:

CALIJK
11-04-2012, 03:58 AM
If you are in the GMV (HMMWV), your spotter is on the main gun up top in the turret. Back in the early days we never had doors so it was easier to self spot ;)

Yes sir, but we learned very quickly that hard doors were our friends!