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  1. Sorry, I haven't seen a enameled badge for years, and then it was only one at a gun show and the gy wanted way too much. At this rate I'll have to be happy with my first issued Air Police badge, my last issued Security Police badge, and my Police qualification badge with a star. I did come across a women's Security Police badge. When women first started to appear as actual cops back in 1974 they were eventually given a smaller version of the regular Security Police badge. The first female cop I saw came as a surprise. Not only was this the first female S.P. I had ever seen becaus
  2. I was issued that type of jacket in the mid 70s while at Little Rock s part of a test program. We had to wear a tie and a certain type of shirt. Ours had metal hooks on the bottom to hold our Sam Brown police belts. They were never popular because of being uncomfortable with the belt hanging on the bottom, and having to wear a tie. Not a smart thing for a police uniform. It didn't take long before some of the guys started cutting off the hooks and eventually just stopped wearing them altogether. Despite that, I wish I still had mine.
  3. We had those jackets issued to us back in the mid 70s when I was at Little Rock A.F.B. I'm not sure how long we had them but in the mid 70s they were making changes from time to time in the uniforms. It was to be used with a shirt and tie, break a way of course. The hooks were to hand our Sam Brown belts and also help keep the jacket in place. It was not a comfortable set up and some of the guys just cut off the metal hooks and wore the belts the way they did normally. Since they were optional but encouraged for the evaluation, they just seemed to go away, after a short time nobody liked
  4. I never heard that story. Somehow I can't imagine anyone trying to load a mag from a 1911 into a carbine, the ammo and magazine size and shape differences were very great. Anyone trained with these weapons would know it can't be done. The common sense thing wouild be to find more ammo for the weapon, find another weapon, or just keep using your pistol and keep your eyes out for possibilities. As far as what their weapons might have been back in that time period, I can only guess, there was no point in going over useless history because we were pressed for training time between the three
  5. No problem about that. Most people didn't realize what kind of firepower we had available if needed. Normally all they would see was our M-16s (sometimes with a M148 grenade launcher attached), M-60s, shotguns, and S&W Model 15 pistols. What they almost never saw were the 81mm mortors, .50 cals, 174 automatic grenade launchers, 90mm recoilless rifles, claymores, M-79 launchers L.A.W.S.s and miniguns. The 90 and fifty didn't become known until the 72 Easter Offensive when we broke them out for the first time. Technically we weren't allowed 50s by the S.O.F. even though the locals had t
  6. My Father used to tell me that when they would go out on a special mission he would take the grease gun over the Thompson every time. I've never seen a real one but would love to try one.
  7. Thanks for the info. Glad I looked at this post. Now I know where I got all those mags from years ago. I had completellly forgotten where or how.
  8. Apes? Never did like that term. It was used just because at the time the official title was Air Police and I imagine they were not liked much back then either, hence the insult. Sort of like when we were called pigs. Back in 1971 my first badge did say A.P. but it was one of the last as the new Security Police job title was already in effect when I entered Tech School after basic, with the new S.P. badge arriving about mid 1971. During basic we qualified with the M-16 but used standard ammo, not modified weapons and I believe fired 20 rounds. The first time I saw a real carbine wa
  9. Have you tried contacting the military records storage facility in St. Louis?
  10. Good idea, but the movie was "The Thing From Another World"> Do you remember who played the alien?
  11. Is there a way ti get a cioy if my old draft card? They took mine when I went in the Air Force when I got my notice.
  12. Also, you may have to use some putty to seal up the crack. Mostly I use Tamiya gray putty because it goes on well and will do a good of filling any gaps when you lightly wet sand it. As for the color, I don't remember exactly because it was a weapon we rarely carried unless you were a member of one of the base mortor teams, then it would be issued to you along with a .38 caliber pistol. As best as I can remember, the shade of the barrel was your typical parkerize with the butt olive drab. The plastic stock was some weird pale pink color that you could see after the O.D. wore off.
  13. I was at Lackland in the mid 70s going through either combat school or traffic investigation school and decided to walk around one weekend. I was always curious about what part of the base was on the other side of the highway. I ended up walking completely through the base and ended up at an intersection at the bottom of a hill. Across the street was Kelly A.F.B. and this was parked alongside the road to the left. At the time there was a caretaker sitting near the aircraft and for .50 cents I could go into it. A couple years later I went back and it was abandoned. Since then it has been
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