I am. . .

In Officer Candidate School Quantico, in one of the many long and boring classes, there was a little event to wake the students up. At a set point in one of these classes a group of Marines would run in wearing their 782 gear and firing blanks. They would run up on stage and one by one recite (loudly and enthusiastically) the following. The section below is typed as the handout was typed.


SQUAD LEADER

I am the squad leader, I carry out the orders of my Platoon Commander. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 Bayonet. I am responsible for discipline, training, and welfare of my squad. In the event of combat I am responsible for the tactical employment of these motivated trained killers.

FIRETEAM LEADER

I am the fireteam leader, I carry out the orders of my motivated squad leader. I carry the M16A2 service rifle with M203 Grenade Launcher attached. I am responsible for the tactical employment of my fireteam, as well as my M203, and when you hear the “THUMP” of my 203 you will know death is in the house and HELL! is in session.

AUTOMATIC RIFLEMAN

I am the automatic rifleman, I carry the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and K-Bar Killing Knife. I carry out the orders of my motivated fireteam leader. I am responsible for the care and effective tactical employment of my weapon, and when I open up, you will know that heavy metal thunder is about to rain down hot lead and fear on the enemy.

ASSISTANT AUTOMATIC RIFLEMAN

I am the assistant automatic rifleman. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I also carry the spare barrel and ammunition for the Squad Automatic weapon. I am responsible to ensure that the Automatic Rifleman continues to put deadly rounds on the enemy. In the unlikely event that the SAW Gunner goes down I will continue to cause hate and discontent in the hearts of our enemies!!

RIFLEMAN

I am the rifleman, I am also trained as the Squad Scout. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I carry out the orders of my Fireteam Leader, I am the master of detection as the pointman of my Squad. I am responsible to locate and close with the enemy and to ensure death and destruction rain down upon the enemy.

Colt Demo/Sales Pictures

Over on AR15.com, a member aeyoung, shared some really cool photos of some of the demonstrations Colt did to sell weapons. Doing things like throwing them around, burying them, putting them in water, before shooting them.

Note the “Dissipator” on the far right. That is the Model 605. Colt would later sell a couple of limited runs of 16 inch carbines with rifle length handguards to the public.
I didn’t see the rifle the first time I looked at this photo. Good throw.
That is either some sort of barrel shroud or different barrel profile I have not seen before on this .50.
That is a pretty big drum. Aeyoung comments that it might be 500-1000 rounds.
Colt CMG-2
XM148 Grenade Launcher. I’ve never seen that handguard with it before.
Colt 608, AKA the CAR-15 Survival Rifle

I really wish photos and videos of demos like this were more readily available. So many people forget that military grade weaponry is designed to be able to survive abuse. Also it is easy to forget how much cool stuff has been made and forgotten about over the years only to be rediscovered later. Like that cone flash redirector.