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Just to add to this. The Blue coats you're all seeing in a Unit issue coat, and only (as far as I know) only used at certain ceremonial duty stations (like 8th and I). There made out of the same material as the standard issue service uniform rain coat (very prone to the wrinkle effect).
Originally posted by usmc91hps
Unkempt uniforms is a different thing. If you look you will see longer coats than the usual Dress blue coat that is trimmed entirely in red for enlisted marines. This is what I can only assume to be a dress blue cold weather coat that is black or dark navy blue with the white belt. You can see a bit of the red trim from the dress blues on the neck collar and the ends of their sleeves. Trust me on this; they would have had multiple dress blues inspections and the dress blues would be perfect. The only reason I can give for the supposed unkempt uniforms is that a decision was made to utilize the black over coats and all the Marines probably had them stuffed in a sea bag or the bottom of the locker. Regardless of how they looked it was every Marine wearing it or none of them did. And it was cold that day. That jacket is not issued at boot camp and I, myself, have never seen one. (Granted I'm in an infantry unit)
Originally posted by robobbob
hows this for an idea. regular troops were replaced not with actors, but politically reliable security forces?
This isn't true for all cases. M-1s are still used as ceremonial rifles in firing squads at funerals. The ones we had at my duty station were still in fully working order. They have a BFA attached to them in order to fire the blanks used for these functions, but we had an occasion where we took them out to the range for a shooting event.
Originally posted by ANNED
since the M1 is long out of service and only used now for training and service matches "parade rifles"are junk rifles that are no longer shooters but with good steel and wood stocks that are used for parades and funerals.
many have the firing pin hole welded shut and just look good
Originally posted by Nola213
Originally posted by OOOOOO
reply to post by Signals
They look like crap the Chinese make them look really bad.
Lett me see if I can Find clip
Found it this bad www.liveleak.com...
If someone can embed this
edit on 26-2-2013 by OOOOOO because: (no reason given)
Always in awe by the Chinese Marching. Now that is tight. Has to be physically taxing as well, those leg movement's and the arms. Everything is perfect.
edit on 27-2-2013 by Nola213 because: (no reason given)