Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

DP28 gunners sidearm?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • DP28 gunners sidearm?

    OK there have arrisen a argument about DP28 gunners in infantry platoons and its loader carried Sidearm such as a pistol TT-33 or similar. we cant find any proofs that they did carry sidearms, but there are several pics that shows DP28 gunners carry pistols...

    So anyone in here that can help me with this issue?

    /Thomas


    www.reenactor.se
    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y29...ussianppsh.jpg
    www.reenactor.se

  • #2
    Originally posted by ThomasM View Post
    OK there have arrisen a argument about DP28 gunners in infantry platoons and its loader carried Sidearm such as a pistol TT-33 or similar. we cant find any proofs that they did carry sidearms, but there are several pics that shows DP28 gunners carry pistols...

    So anyone in here that can help me with this issue?

    /Thomas


    www.reenactor.se
    I think pistols can be used as an additional arms. For example in some fight soldier captured some pistol (the best case was Parabellum, or Walter). It also could be Soviet pistols... I have doubts those pistols were nominal ones
    However I'm not so deep specialist in this subject to be 100% sure

    Regards
    Alex
    If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

    Comment


    • #3
      Well, if you have pictures, what's the argument.
      Dunno about Russian regs, but most armies supply crew served weapons folks with sidearms.
      Mike

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Trung-si View Post
        Well, if you have pictures, what's the argument.
        Dunno about Russian regs, but most armies supply crew served weapons folks with sidearms.
        1.1 Just because there is pictures of sidearms on machine gunners doesnt mean they was handed out to the soldiers. that can just mean that the gunners have aquiered one in one way or another...

        1.2 As a reenactor you dont want to send out a wrong image of what you portrait just because you saw something on a pic and you think its cool to cary sidearms. we have only 2 DP28 gunners and if both carrys sidearms that gives a wrong picture of the armament of the DP28 gunners in the red army.

        2. Sidearms handed out to MG gunners? I was M240 gunner in the army (sweden) and we sure didnt have sidearms, neither did our officers, exept from when being on guard duty. otherwise they had Ak5 like the rest of us.

        /Thomas
        http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y29...ussianppsh.jpg
        www.reenactor.se

        Comment


        • #5
          I think that it depends on the conditions.
          If the gunners just have arrived to the front they would probably not have any sidearms.
          If they have been at the front for a longer time , they would have had time to get a sidearm (from dead comrades or dead enemies).
          “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

          Max Sterner

          Comment


          • #6
            Don't have any re-enactor experience, just live fire.

            Like I said, normally crew served weapons folks are designated and trained as that within their unit. This would be wherever it might be serving. They are accordingly issued what the TO&E proscribes.

            Those who unexpectedly found themselves in a crew might be different.

            Could be the Red army of the time was different. There are an awful lot of cheap refurbed M-N revolvers on the US market.

            I personally would put one of those pictures in my pocket to show the stitch counters if they got too annoying.
            Mike

            Comment


            • #7
              I think it makes sense to carry a sidearm. As Alex and others have said, they could easily obtained from a dead person (friend or foe), and regardless of whether they were standard issue, it seems logical that in the field - distinct from peacetime service - you'd want a backup for personal defense.

              In the U.S. old west, cowboys used to carry five rounds in their six-shooters so they didn't injure themselves if the hammer got snagged. So most cowboy reenactors (and shooters) do likewise. But if you're dressed for the gunfight at the OK Corral, you could legitimately load six rounds on the theory that no one is stupid enough to go into a gunfight without arming themselves to the teeth. Same applies to non-standard personal weapons like M-N or P.38 pistols, IMO.
              "There are only two professions in the world in which the amateur excels the professional. One, military strategy, and, two, prostitution."
              -- Maj. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

              (Avatar: Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, Republic of Texas Navy)

              Comment


              • #8
                I believe, in as much as possible, MG gunners were equipted with pistols because MGs do JAM, and any other weapon slung over the back would inhibit the use of the MG.

                Comment

                Latest Topics

                Collapse

                Working...
                X