That’s one heck of a small arms locker

Was reading up on 80-foot Nasty Boats (PTFs) used by the Navy during Vietnam and found the following tid bit from the most excellent N6CC.com site which covers military radios, MIUWUs, and a good bit of brown water Navy antics of the 1960s:

We carried approximately 20 M-16 Rifles, four .45 cal pistols, two .38 cal pistols, two M-60 machine guns, two M-79 grenade launchers, two M-870 12 gauge shotguns, a 40 mm Very pistol, a .45/70 line-throwing gun plus the .50 cal M2, two 20 mm cannons, the 40 mm cannon and the 81 mm mortar. Without a doubt, the most heavily armed vessel of its size anywhere.

Keep in mind these craft were slightly smaller than the Point-class Coast Guard cutters used in Market Time that we have covered here earlier.

Here are some shots from N6CC:

The M-16 was brand new at the time...note the AAA ring for the 40mm in the foreground (All photos via N6CC.com)

The M-16 was brand new at the time…note the AAA ring for the 40mm in the foreground (All photos via N6CC.com)

Nothing says Vietnam better than a waist level M60

Nothing says Vietnam better than a waist-level M60

Nice! The perfect accessory for your M2 .50 cal is always an 81mm mortar

Nice! The perfect accessory for your M2 .50 cal is always an 81mm mortar

That beautiful Bofors...keep in mind the Navy largely scrapped these from the fleet by the 1950s, but the PTFs were still putting them to good use in Southeast Asia long after that

That beautiful Bofors…keep in mind the Navy largely scrapped these from the fleet by the 1950s, but the PTFs were still putting them to good use in Southeast Asia long after that

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