RIVRON-1 in Anbar

lake thar thar an anbar marine navy RIVRON-1 m-14 rifle

Sailors, Riverine Squadron One, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, enter the reeds on the edge of Lake Thar Thar in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq to conduct cordon and search operations July 15. The 13th MEU is deployed with Multi National Forces-West in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq to develop Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of official rule through democratic reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. Photo by: Cpl. Kyle J. Keathley

Hey, that’s no poodle shooter on the right. I thought the Navy just used M-14s for salutes and shooting lines between ships. Well, besides Navy SEALS, anyway.

As it turns out, Last sailors trading in their M-14s.


  1. Last sailors trading in their M-14s. That’s a pity. Another bean counter, lame brain idea. Contrary to common belief there are a couple of swabbies who can shoot more than the breeze. The ’14’ was the last weapon I qualified on before the Crotch and I (honorably) parted company. That was a couple of lifetimes ago. It was a tad on the heavy side, especially if you were packing 12 to 15-20 round magazines while humping up and down the countyside, but it was damn DEPENDABLE, accurate on battle sights and didn’t fall apart if you butt-stroked the deck, by accident of course. I’m not too sorry I never got acquainted with the ‘poodle shooter’s’ grandaddy the ’16’. I heard it got more than a few grunts in a world of shit up in the hills around Khe Sanh.

  2. Toejam and DJ: A while back, when the M-14-equipped designated marksmen were first getting noticed, I wondered why the Navy didn’t turn its rifles over to the troops. A conversation I had ended up changing my mind, though, and the key point was exactly that when defending your ship you don’t want a poodle shooter and that, when defending your ship, humping the heavy weapon and all the heavier ammo isn’t such a problem. I can totally see some sailors going to the M16. Boarding parties and some basic security could have a mix. But to ditch almost all the heavy rifles seems a bit much.

  3. I’m glad they’re getting rid of the M-14. Think of all the collateral damage it might do to an enemy ship or boat. It is much smarter to send our boys on board to get shot up than it is to put unnecessary holes in an enemy vessel. After all, they might be using that vessel as a mobile mosque or something way more valuable than one of our sailors like that.

  4. I don’t know about these days, but certainly the Navy (I mean the Navy, not the US Navy) used rifles as part of minesweeping techniques during the Second World War. Minesweepers used paravanes towed out to the side to sever mine cables as the minesweeper sideswiped the minefield ever closer on each pass, and as the mines bobbed up snipers shot them.