Side arms in the Desert

#1
Seen alot of lads carrying sidearms aswell as an SA80 in the desert,is this optional or SOP for certain members of a section ? . Is the leg holster issue or a private purchase ?
 
#2
Both Telic one and four my unit all had pistols as well as rifles. The holsters we were issued were the same as the ones issued to the MOD Plod, black fabric ones that could be worn on the hip or the leg. Personally I found these to be pretty gash as the catch on the closing flap was a bit fiddly and kept getting caught on things so I carried my pistol inside the holster in my assault vest. In an ideal world, all vehicle born troops should be armed with both.
 
#3
Same for me working on helli's on telic. Carry both. The holster i got issued was gash to say the least so i invested in a viper holster and got it customised, it was bob on afterwards.
 
#4
Policy came out a few months back stating that pers are not to wear the 'drop-leg' holsters on ops and that only issued holsters are to be worn.
To be honest, I wore a drop leg holster on HERRICK as when you are sat in a veh, wearing body armour and combat vest, it is near on impossible to access your sidearm if you use the issued belt holster.

Also looks really ally as well......
 
#6
3 Para had them on Herrick 4 though many were taken off us to give to the REMF's in Bastion as they were fed up of carrying their rifles around with them everywhere they went.
 
#8
Fallschirmjager said:
3 Para had them on Herrick 4 though many were taken off us to give to the REMF's in Bastion as they were fed up of carrying their rifles around with them everywhere they went.
Funnily enough similar thing happened to us on Telic 1, a loggy Lt Col pished off that he and his other orriface chums had to carry rifles everywhere with them tried telling my platoon commander that we should not have pistols as we had no need for them and that we wasnt correctly trained :? He was told to fcuk off in the most politely possible way by our OC when he got wind of it.
 
#9
Fallschirmjager said:
3 Para had them on Herrick 4 though many were taken off us to give to the REMF's in Bastion as they were fed up of carrying their rifles around with them everywhere they went.
I saw a photo of a Guards platoon in the paper over the weekend. One of them was wearing a drop leg. The intensity of (infantry) operations on Herrick must dictate that a backup weapon (other then a bayonet) is available.

Suprised and a little shocked by your statement Falls, I would not be happy.
 
#10
We used to carry pistols as it's bloody awkward logging a rifle around under a Tornado jet & just used a sort of belt order (gas mask,water bottle & holster.)
I managed to scrounge a aircrew shoulder holster which was a lot better.Still have it somewhere.
If you come across any Nimrod or Herky & you ask nicely,you might be able to get one.
 
#12
Just wondering, how many are being issued the Sig-Sauer P226 instead of the Browning?
 
#13
Bravo2nothing said:
Fallschirmjager said:
3 Para had them on Herrick 4 though many were taken off us to give to the REMF's in Bastion as they were fed up of carrying their rifles around with them everywhere they went.
I saw a photo of a Guards platoon in the paper over the weekend. One of them was wearing a drop leg. The intensity of (infantry) operations on Herrick must dictate that a backup weapon (other then a bayonet) is available.

Suprised and a little shocked by your statement Falls, I would not be happy.
The reason FSJ gives for losing his pistols may be right (I wasn't there); alternatively could it be that some Bastion-based troops were more vehicle bound (not WMIK) and could not, therefore, use long barrelled weapons to full effect?
 

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