Originally Posted by Cannibul
Have you been to boot camp yet?
The Marines will provide you with the tools you need to kill people. You will NOT be allowed to carry a personal weapon. In fact you normally as a junior enlisted man can't even have a personal weapon. If you are allowed to have it on base you must keep it in the Armory.
A bog standard XD45 is the perfect weapon for killing people at close range. No need to add a trigger job. In fact for a carry weapon I would not suggest a trigger job at all. At most you might want to add night sights. But go to boot camp first and then figure out if you can even keep the weapon on base.
You are not allowed to keep this weapon anywhere on base except the armory, with the exception of those living in SNCO and Officer housing. While doing a field day inspection on my Marines barracks I found a Glock in one of their rooms, and with in 2 hours he was processed and sitting in the brig. That is something that is not tolerated and you would be a fool to try it, you will get caught.
Originally Posted by masbell1981
yes i just enlisted, no i have not been to boot camp but i dont want some ****ty 9mm to have to use. i picked up the xd because after much internet research i found websites where they were left in sand, frozen and left in mud. i figure it to be a great weapon to take into the desert. thanks all for your input, looks like ill be getting a match grade barrel then the night sights then the trigger job. to all you who responded and had nothing nice to say, tough **** you never had the gonads to serve your country, to those who did serve, semper ****ing fi. and by the way i wont be carrying this thing around a mall, i am not some black gangbanger i am a VERY fit 26 year old (150lbs 6.5 minute mile and very hungry to serve) with aspirations t make it into recon, so there is a real chance i might have to use this thing to save my life. i was told by a recon member that we can carry whatever sidearm we pleased, its not like i plan to go into combat with a german mauser or anything. anyways thanks for the help
To start off I truly appreciate your desire to serve our country. However, you really need to check your attitude. You are not yet a Marine; you have not earned the honor of being one. To be honest with that attitude I would not be surprised to hear that you washed out of boot. Racism is not tolerated, and neither is arrogance. I have had a few Marines such as yourself come into my platoon, and I got them assigned elsewhere ASAP because you are not the person whom I want watching my back as my life is on the line. The Recon command will see that in you and you will NOT make it. It is not about killing people. If you want to kill people go elsewhere. If you do end up going to the sandbox and decide you're going to kill someone when the escalation of force was not necessary, then again you will again, be sitting in the brig, but for much longer this time. It seems that you have heart and desire for this service, just make sure it is in the right place. Right now it seems that it is not.
Do not disrespect anyone on this forum, LEO, Civilian, or Military. As you decided to serve your country overseas, they all serve their country here stateside. Every single American serves his/her country is their own way, and just because you decided to enlist in the delayed entry program doesn't mean you are any better than any of them.
As far as the "****ty 9mm" I can tell you that if you have no experience with something and try to speak about it with assumptions then it will come across as strait ignorance. I have served 3 combat tours. I have carried the Beretta M9 on every deployment, and never once in my experience has it let me down, never once has it failed to stop the enemy, never once have I felt insecure in its abilities, and never once have I wished that I was issued something different. On top of that as a junior enlisted you will be issued a M16 with a bayonet. So, you will not have to worry about being issued a M9. As far as taking your XD with you on deployments you will not be allowed to. So, donít worry about it. But if I was to take my XD45 with me I would take it bone stock. It performs flawless as is and I do not want any unnecessary modifications to rely on.