What rifle does the Marine silent drill team use?

M1 Garand rifles
The Marines execute a series of calculated drill movements and precise handling of their hand-polished, 10-and-one-half pound, M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets.

What rifle does the US Army Drill Team use?

The U.S. Army Drill Team is a precision drill platoon with the primary mission of showcasing the U.S. Army both nationally and internationally through breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.

What gun do honor guards use?

The M14 was the standard Army infantry rifle, until replaced by the mass fielding of the M16 5.56mm rifle in 1966-1967. The M14 was also converted into a Sniper Rifle (M21). The M14 is the standard ceremonial weapon used by the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) today, and is the current weapon carried by Tomb Guards.

What is the US ceremonial rifle?

Ceremonial rifles available are M1 Garands (equipped with blank firing adapters) which are issued on a conditional basis. These rifles remain the property of the United States government. The rifles cannot be loaned, sold, transferred or given to anyone else.

Why do soldiers spin their guns?

It’s an exercise of strength (those rifles are heavy), discipline (pretty ballsy walking that formation with the bayonets attached, although just the rifle smacking you would be a strong impact, and precision (matching & timing the movements. Ultimately it’s flash.

How many Marines are in the Silent Drill Platoon?

24-man
The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon led by a Captain and Platoon Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Often referred to as The Marching Twenty-Four, the unit performs a unique silent precision exhibition drill.

How heavy is a drill rifle?

Length is 43.3″. Weight is 8.5-8.6 lbs. Made of the same tough, scratch-resistant, high-impact resin as our DrillAmerica┬« M1 Garand.

What does DP mean on a rifle?

A drill purpose rifle (aka: parade rifle) is a rifle which has been altered so that it can no longer be fired. This is generally undertaken by either removing the firing pin or leading the barrel.

Do drill teams use real guns?

All drill teams can march a guidon. Standard drill team rifles in the United States are the M1 Garand, M14, or the M1903 Springfield rifle. Armed teams usually use a demilitarized version of the rifle or a facsimile, which may be light-weight for spinning (such as for marching show band use).

How do you join the Silent Drill Platoon?

The Marines selected must be male and must be between 5’11” and 6’1″ (180.3 and 185.4 cm) tall and be in the median of their weight requirements for their height. Uniformity is a key asset.