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 www.militaryphotos.net
Additional gadgets bodily attached to me:
- 1x Dog-Tag or Name-Tag.
- 1x Identification Card (BAT.C 10).
- 1x Survival Knife.
- 1x Multi-purpose Pocket Knife.
- 1x Wrist-watch.
- 1x Binocular.
- 1x Pocket Compass.
- 1x Cigarette Gas Lighter.
- Edible Snacks.
- 1x Pocket-bottled 330ml filled with drinking water.
- 1x Flying Jacket.
- 1x Bullet-proof or Fragmentation Vest.
- 1x Mae West (Survival Jacket).
- 1x Night-stop Kit.
- 1x Survival Kit.
- 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).