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Posted: 8/17/2017 9:54:01 AM EST
I have tickets to see the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team this weekend.

They will be performing at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario.

I can hardly wait to see the show. I just have to ditch Crabby at a nearby casino so that we can watch the show in peace.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 10:05:32 AM EST
Enjoy it.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 10:33:12 AM EST
Finally, the invasion of canada begins.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 10:48:15 AM EST
My buddy was in silent drill. We went to go see them on a trip to DC one time. The guy in charge, can't remember if officer or enlisted, starts chatting the crowd about this and that. Everyone is having a good time. Guy in charge asks "does anyone know why the Marines wear this cord (aigillette) on their right shoulder?"

I'm pretty close, so I, being a 20 year old jackass, shout out "So they know which way is right?!" I think I got more than a couple of the Marines to laugh but who knows, maybe they were just drunk .

Flame on
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 11:00:30 AM EST
Finally something worth seeing!
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 11:15:38 AM EST
We were supposed to see them when I was at Comm school in Twenty nine Palms. I think it was the changeover for the base commanding general. End up not being able to perform due to rain. At Twenty Nine Palms! What are the odds.
I'd still like to take my dad to DC to watch them there.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 12:47:54 PM EST
I'm taking Bimba to Toronto's best dog spa tomorrow. I want her to look her best in case she can meet the Silent Drill Team.

I'm also getting her favorite USMC bandana properly laundered, pressed and starched.

And early on Saturday we will drive two and a half hours to Fort Henry.

And I am going to buy a proper camera. I want to get proper pictures this time.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 12:57:01 PM EST
That sounds great.

I saw them once back when I was in middle school.

I need to get off my ass and go down to 8th and I one night.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:09:23 PM EST
Saw them when I as in (1986) and when I was out(2008)....Very impressive both times. My girls were amazed and couldn't believe that at one time daddy could kinda march like that too. At the 2008 show the reporter from ABC who had got blown up by an IED was an honored guest.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:10:30 PM EST
It is truly amazing to see a rifle suddenly fly through the air, from one marine to the other, in one seamless motion!!!
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:37:56 PM EST
I wonder what kind of hoops they had to jump through to get their rifles into Canada.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:48:08 PM EST
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Are their M14's capable of firing more than blanks?
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:48:39 PM EST
Ooh Rah
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 1:48:58 PM EST
I saw them at an airshow at the Pittsburgh 911th airlift wing a number of years ago.

Back in the early 1980s when I was in college, I was a member of a precision rifle drill team. NOt Pershing Rifles. We were only loosely affiliated with ROTC, and mostly only drew from AFROTC plus a few non ROTC students. Not being affiliated with Pershing Rifles or ROTC we were able to use bayonets on our Rifles.
We went to a number of drill meets in NY, DC, Philly, NJ and MD and we always did very well. The 8th&I Marines judges a number of the meets we went to. They liked us as we brought them lots of beer for afterwards.
By the time I was on my way out of there, interest had really dropped off. Even schools that once had very prestigious drill teams like Rutgers quit having teams for a number of years. I think they may have tried to start again, but what I saw on YouTube was a joke of what they were once. No bayonets either.

I wish I had "borrowed" a couple of the 1903A3s we used. We had practice Rifles with plastic stocks, but used ones with walnut stocks for the meets. Those Rifles all had working actions, but the barrels were plugged end to end. I doubt any have seen use in 25 maybe 30 years. Wonder what was done with them.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 2:02:05 PM EST
Section 14 of the Visiting Forces Act applies and the Marines are lawfully allowed to import their weapons into Canada.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:06:04 PM EST
Marine Corps Silent Drill Team warming up before the show

Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:17:31 PM EST
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Are their M14's capable of firing more than blanks?
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Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:19:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By FluffyTheCat:
I have tickets to see the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team this weekend.

They will be performing at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario.

I can hardly wait to see the show. I just have to ditch Crabby at a nearby casino so that we can watch the show in peace.
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Y'all will love it!!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:20:30 PM EST
Tag for pics
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:21:04 PM EST
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I always enjoyed hearing the smacks while standing guard at 8th&I.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:21:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
We were supposed to see them when I was at Comm school in Twenty nine Palms. I think it was the changeover for the base commanding general. End up not being able to perform due to rain. At Twenty Nine Palms! What are the odds.
I'd still like to take my dad to DC to watch them there.
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I saw them at Comm school back in '81.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:22:04 PM EST
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Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
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Originally Posted By GreenLocust:

Are their M14's capable of firing more than blanks?
Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
Aren't they Garands?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:23:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By FluffyTheCat:
I'm taking Bimba to Toronto's best dog spa tomorrow. I want her to look her best in case she can meet the Silent Drill Team.

I'm also getting her favorite USMC bandana properly laundered, pressed and starched.

And early on Saturday we will drive two and a half hours to Fort Henry.

And I am going to buy a proper camera. I want to get proper pictures this time.
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Get a video camera, much better than stills.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:24:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BobCole:
Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
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Originally Posted By BobCole:
Originally Posted By GreenLocust:

Are their M14's capable of firing more than blanks?
Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
They are Garands.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:32:29 PM EST
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They are Garands.
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Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
Originally Posted By BobCole:
Originally Posted By GreenLocust:

Are their M14's capable of firing more than blanks?
Yes, they are fully functional, full auto M-14s.
They are Garands.
But are they fully auto?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:33:45 PM EST
Something to tide you over.

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:52:00 PM EST
I always assumed they were blank guns. That would make logistics much easier when traveling, you wouldn't have to keep them guarded for instance.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:00:24 PM EST
Before the show I walked up to a Marine and spoke to him. I had a good look at his M1 and it was live.
Link Posted: 8/28/2017 7:05:58 PM EST
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The Garand SPOKE to you!!!!
Link Posted: 8/28/2017 7:09:01 PM EST
When I was in ROTC they visited our school. One of them dropped his rifle, no big deal, they picked it up and kept going. Afterwards in the ROTC building that guy got a massive ass chewing and did about a million push ups.
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