Friday, October 15, 2010

Air Gunner's Weapon Inventories

My shoulder holstered sidearm - Browning 9mm automatic pistol carried. 

On every operational gunship mission, weapons are my best friends of which I am authorised. They were provided for my protection against the enemy and super-extended to safeguard the friendly troops below me with the superiority of cannon MG151 on-board the Alouette111 gunship. I use to carry three authorised weapons as an air gunner. Namely they are as follows: 

Browning Automatic Pistol c/w 9mm bullets.

Colt M16A1(retractable butt) c/w 2 magazines x 20 rounds of 5.56mm bullets.

Cannon 20mm MG151 for Alouette III. Photo found on

Additional gadgets bodily attached to me:
  1. 1x Dog-Tag or Name-Tag.
  2. 1x Identification Card (BAT.C 10).
  3. 1x Survival Knife.
  4. 1x Multi-purpose Pocket Knife.
  5. 1x Wrist-watch.
  6. 1x Binocular.
  7. 1x Pocket Compass.
  8. 1x Cigarette Gas Lighter.
  9. Edible Snacks.
  10. 1x Pocket-bottled 330ml filled with drinking water.
  11. 1x Flying Jacket.
  12. 1x Bullet-proof or Fragmentation Vest.
  13. 1x Mae West (Survival Jacket).
A non-bodily attached Kits:
  1. 1x Night-stop Kit.
  2. 1x Survival Kit.
  3. 1x Pyro-technique Kit.
Question: Besides handling the cannon MG151, do you have the opportunity to practice shooting with 9mm sidearm and the M16 rifle?
Answer: Absolutely yes! and normally organised by the RMAF Base from time to time or it being requested by the Aircrew Wing independently.
Question: Is there any shooting range at RMAF Butterworth?
Answer: Yes! only a small shooting range which is suitable for small-arms like 9mm pistols. A larger shooting range are the Howard Camp Rifle Range, Sungai Petani which quite popular among NZAF, and the RAAF.Last but not least the Baghdad Rifle Range at 6 Bge.Camp Jalan Lapangan Terbang,Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Self (left), Lt.M(U) Hamid (right) on shooting practices for M16 rifles and 9mm pistols.
Baghdad Rifle Range at 6 Bge. Camp, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Sungai Petani, Kedah (1978).


Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...


May I seek your permission to copy the photograph of 20mm cannon's barrel for my proposed book. Syukran.

Mohd Ismail Bin Mohd Hashim said...

Salam Tuan,

Tafaddal..Go ahead and you are most welcome.