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George
Centre Hastings ON Canada
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1/20/2021 2:14:16 PM
I watched the US inaugural ceremony today and noticed that the honour guard was carrying a vintage rifle but I could not determine its make but I assumed that they were M1 Garands or Springfields. There were honour guard people from all the services I believe. Were they all carrying the same rifle?

I enjoy pomp and circumstance so little things like this interest me.



Cheers,

George
Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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1/20/2021 6:18:42 PM
Hi George,

From what I've learned, those were 1903 Bolt-action Springfield Rifles used even before WWI!? On the other hand some honor guards were updated to M1 Garands, I can only see part of the rifle so I'm not 100% sure? We could use a little help.here! Fellas!? Anyone?

Regards,
D
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Brian W
Atlanta GA USA
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1/20/2021 7:27:50 PM
I believe the Air Force guy (the 2nd from the front) is carrying an M1.

This is interesting for the USAF:
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There are four different weapons housed in [the USAF honor guard] armory: the Springfield 1903, which is the primary weapon of Color Teams, the Garand M-1, used by the Drill Team and for presidential ceremonies, the Grand M-14, used by the Firing Party and the Ceremonial Flight, and finally, the Smith & Wesson .38 Cal. M-15 that serves as the Noncommissioned Officer's sidearm along with the Beretta Model 92F M9 that serves as the Armorer's sidearm.

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George
Centre Hastings ON Canada
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1/20/2021 10:21:40 PM
Brian, what is the difference between the colour team, drill team and the people who attend presidential ceremonies? Why would the Springfield be used by the Colour Team rather than the Garand M-1? I'm not military so please pardon my ignorance.

Cheers,

George
Brian W
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1/20/2021 11:37:40 PM
George, from what I understand, the Color Guard is for civic events and displays the "colors" (flags). Marching and synchronized marching. Think of marching in a parade.
The Drill Team is for precision and has complex maneuvers. Since I'm ex-USAF, here is a great presentation from the USAF Honor Guard Drill team [Read More]

If you ever get a chance to visit DC, the changing of the guard is at Arlington is must. I've brought each of my 3 kids to DC separately over the years and it's made a lasting impression on each of them.
[Read More]

I'm not sure why the difference between Springfield and M-1.
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George
Centre Hastings ON Canada
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1/21/2021 9:22:44 AM
Great video. Recorded in Nova Scotia at the Tatoo.

I was wondering about injuries during training and wondering whether they substitute rubber bayonets during training. The officer who walked the gauntlet had to have a lot of faith in those men.

Thanks for the link,

George

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