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Posted: 9/7/2004 5:44:51 PM EST
I haven't seen this posted before, thought it was pretty cool.


TAMPA, FL - Springfield Armory recently honored Four-Star General Tommy Franks with two one-of-a-kind Springfield firearms.

Gen. Franks served as Commander in Chief, United States Central Command from June, 2000 until his retirement August 1, 2003. He commanded Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

"Gen. Franks is a truly great American. He has done so much for all of us in the battle against terror." Springfield Co-Chairman of the Board Dennis Reese said. "We feel that by honoring him, in some way we honor all the other great Americans that have served under him."

The guns presented were embellished versions of two of the hottest new firearms in the industry, Springfield's Micro-Compact 45-caliber pistol and the new SOCOM 16 version of their M1A rifle. Both bear Frank's name, four gold stars, custom serial numbers and other embellishments. The Springfield M1A is the civilian version of the military's M-14, which was issued to Gen. Franks when early in his military career.

Reese said that he hopes the elegant appearance of these custom guns will not keep Gen. Franks from getting full enjoyment out of them. "Don't let the beautiful exteriors fool you," he said. Underneath it all, they are Springfields, and that means they were made to be shot."

Gen. Franks was truly impressed with the new additions to his firearms collection. "Abosolutely beautiful," he said. "I've loved you guys for years, and now I know why."










Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:50:15 PM EST
So now he owns an EBR
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:52:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:
So now he owns an EBR



Yeah, note the 10rnd mag and no flash hider. Should have waited a couple days.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:54:19 PM EST
Very cool! That 45 is sweet!
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:54:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By michael_seltenright:

Originally Posted By CRC:
So now he owns an EBR



Yeah, note the 10rnd mag and no flash hider. Should have waited a couple days.



You prolly want that brake instead on a .308 that short.

CRC
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:56:00 PM EST
That pistol is great! The rifle is kind of boring, though.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:56:01 PM EST
I'm not a SA pistol nut, but doesn't the XML look a bit cheesy ?

CW
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:56:31 PM EST
That's pretty cool. A couple of very nice firearms.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:58:05 PM EST
It may look a little dull, but the SOCOM 16 is a blast to shoot.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:58:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:

You prolly want that brake instead on a .308 that short.

CRC



Nope, what you want is a flash suppressor. No 7.62*51 rifle kicks enough to requrie a brake. Mark my words, brakes will disappear (except for state bans) from new guns on Sept 14. They were only placed there for the 'look'.

Those are some ugly guns. Perhaps he should have waited a week, and DSA could have made him a proper FAL...
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:01:06 PM EST
I disagree.

I know some people who think 7.62 kicks too much.

Depends on the person.

CRC
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:08:06 PM EST
WOW!!! Nice made in Brazil guns!!!! I'd be proud to own them!!!
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:13:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:

Originally Posted By michael_seltenright:

Originally Posted By CRC:
So now he owns an EBR



Yeah, note the 10rnd mag and no flash hider. Should have waited a couple days.



You prolly want that brake instead on a .308 that short.

CRC


Awhile back, I shot an M1A, with a brake, man the anti-gunners really did you favor, you can hardly feel the recoil in the thing.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:14:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:
I disagree.

I know some people who think 7.62 kicks too much.

Depends on the person.

CRC



You should have seen my ex wife's uncle trying to sight in his .308 bolt gun. 50lb bag of rabbit feed as a rest, and a 50lb bag on his lap in between the rifle and his shoulder. Couldn't stand the recoil. I'd never shot a .308 so I asked to try, sans the "shoulder pad'. I ended up sighting it in for him.

Mike
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:16:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZSherman1:
WOW!!! Nice made in Brazil guns!!!! I'd be proud to own them!!!



Just bits of em (and only the pistol)
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:24:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZSherman1:
WOW!!! Nice made in Brazil guns!!!! I'd be proud to own them!!!

me too!
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:26:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:

Originally Posted By CRC:

You prolly want that brake instead on a .308 that short.

CRC



Nope, what you want is a flash suppressor. No 7.62*51 rifle kicks enough to requrie a brake. Mark my words, brakes will disappear (except for state bans) from new guns on Sept 14. They were only placed there for the 'look'.

Those are some ugly guns. Perhaps he should have waited a week, and DSA could have made him a proper FAL...





It would probably have more mil-spec parts on it than what Springfield is putting out.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:29:14 PM EST
I think that was a great, and well deserved, gesture by Springfield.

That man's service to his country is something to be honored and remembered.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:34:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By michael_seltenright:

Originally Posted By CRC:
So now he owns an EBR



Yeah, note the 10rnd mag and no flash hider. Should have waited a couple days.




he could of had a Flash Suppressor, since the M1A has only bad one bad feature
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:31:02 PM EST
Beautiful guns, Bravo to Gen. Franks a real American Hero...

But WTF is up with these back east dorks and their fricking pinky rings....


"Hello? It's the 70s calling, they want their fashions back"

What a Tool.

D.
AZEX
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:49:49 PM EST
Derek Huffman from AZEX Arms RULES!!!! His par-kote finishes are second to NONE!!!!!!! (sorry to hijack the thread a little bit!)
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:54:37 PM EST
It'll fall apart after a few shots...
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:24:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By John91498:
It'll fall apart after a few shots...

riiiight...
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:26:29 PM EST
at least he isn't waving it around like scary Kerry
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:38:43 PM EST
Damnit!

That is one HOT looking pistol...

I bet he isn't allowed to carry it unless he is in a Caddie and sellin wommenz.


- BG
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:42:53 PM EST
The Socom 16 looks retarded.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:21:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By azexarms:
Beautiful guns, Bravo to Gen. Franks a real American Hero...

But WTF is up with these back east dorks and their fricking pinky rings....


"Hello? It's the 70s calling, they want their fashions back"

What a Tool.

D.
AZEX



Back east??

Dude, he was born an raised in Oklahoma.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 7:56:18 PM EST
Oklahoma is back East.

He does make the rifle look small though doesn't he. Big enough to not need a brake.

My Navy Reserve unit tried for 5 years to get rifle ahooting. (We mobilized to Subic and many would have been assigned to "Provisional Rifle Brigade". Once things went to poop in the late 80s the powers that be finally decided to be benevolent and train us on rifles. One of the guys brought his AR in a few times the months before for those that hadn't seen an M-16 to get a little hands on and familiarity. You should have seen the looks on the faces when we got to the range at Pt. Mugu and they brought out M-14s. (Expert of course, thanks for asking)
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 10:23:33 PM EST
Anyone other than SA offer a 1911 frame with rail like that?

S.O.
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