Weapons, of course we would have to cover weapons. We will tackle them one by one. This page is organized by rifles, sub-machineguns, pistols, machine-guns, explosives, edged weapons, and other. Within each category, they are ranked (highest to lowest) in 'acceptability'. That is not to say we won't allow you to have X for a weapon, it's just that you should probably consider one before another. Again, this just serves as a basic overview of all weapons used by the 10th Mountain as opposed to an in-depth analysis of them.
The weapon that won WWII, what else is there to be said? Gas operated, semi-automatic, with eight round enblocks filled with 30.06 M2 Ball ammo. Best source would be the Civilian Marksmanship Program if you're looking for a reliable shooter, guaranteed to be free of operational issues, at good prices. There are some hoops to jump through, but nothing to difficult.
Issued to machine gun crews, mortar crews, radio operators, officers, truck drivers, and anyone else that was not necessarily meant to be directly shooting at an enemy. The M1 Carbine is fed from 15 round clips, of .30 caliber ammunition. The carbine was meant to replace the M1911A1 pistol and was never meant to stand up to the M1 Garand or M1903 Springfield in terms of range or stopping power. Effective up to around 300 yards. CMP is currently sold out with no plans for a restock, so private-purchase may be your only option. There exist civilian manufacture copies on the market (Universal, Iver Johnson, Auto Ordnance), be careful with them, they are not always USGI spec or capable of taking USGI parts.
The WWII variant of the M1903 Springfield. The ladder sight was removed and replaced with aperture rear sight on the back of the receiver. Bolt action with a five round magazine. A good reliable weapon.
Early war dated rifles exist, since the need for weapons was so dire early on that the Government ordered whatever the arsenals could produce, WWI model rifles. This is the rifle used in WWI.
The 'sniper' variation of the Springfield. These rifles had different bolts and front sights removed. In addition mounts and a scope was added. Rare and used by only designated marksmen, we have photos proving they were issued to the 10th so if you can part with the money, go ahead!
Not necessarily preferred over the M1928A1 variety, but definitely a WWII variety of the Thompson. Fed .45 ACP from 20 or 30 round magazines (drums will not work). The bolt is located on the right side of the receiver. Heavier than one would expect and accurate only at close ranges.
Identified mostly by the fins on the barrel and the bolt located on top of the receiver. Capable of being fed from 20 or 30 round stick magazines or a 50 round drum. Drums tended to fail more frequently and also rattle.
M3 Grease Gun
The grease gun was introduced as a low-cost weapon that would also be capable of using the German 9mm Parabellum ammunition in addition to the standard .45 ACP.
The .45 semi-automatic pistol, M1911A1, was issued to the same individuals as those who received the M1 Carbine later. Only useful or accurate at very close ranges.
This revolver made by Smith & Wesson or Colt used .45 ACP (or .45 auto rim in the Colt models) ammunition in half moon clips. Carried as a supplement to the M1911A1 and issued to secondary or non-deployed troops. Seen often carried by MPs.
Generally issued to Navy or Marine air crews. Was also issued to guards at stateside factories, bases, etc.. Fired .38 special ammunition.
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR):
The BAR was developed for WWI and used in WWII in the A1 and A2 versions. Fired .30 caliber ammunition from 20 round magazines. The original M1918 version fired semi-automatically or fully-automatically. The A2 variety did away with semi-automatic firing and introduced two different speeds of fully automatic operation. Usually seen with a bipod, but also sometimes had a carry handle.
Tripod mounted M1919 machine gun, air cooled, firing .30 caliber ammunition. The gunner would carry the tripod and 'place' the gun where he wanted. The assistant gunner would carry the gun itself and put it on the tripod for the gunner, who would then proceed to fire it.
Same gun as the M1919, but fitted with a bipod and shoulder stock.
Water cooled browning machine gun. Considered a heavy machine gun and best used in fixed positions (heavy, thus difficult to move). Mounted on a tripod.
Fifty caliber machine gun with the heavier barrel for ground use. Tripod mounted, forcing the gunner to stand exposed to fire. Great against light vehicles and infantry concentrations. Usually seen mounted on vehicles.
The 'pineapple' Grenade
Standard grenade seen carried by GIs throughout the war.
Sometimes a pineapple grenade fitted to a special mount that could be fired from a rifle. Sometimes a special design of its own. This weapon is fired from a mount on a rifle, using a grenade launcher sight (mounted on the stock). The rifle butt is placed on the ground, NOT to one's shoulder when firing. Short range, but much longer than that of one's arm strength.
M1 Bayonet (10")
Could be new production model or a cut down version. Look at the blood groove. Does it run the entire length of the blade or stop just before the tip? If it runs the length, the blade has been cut down. If not, it was the updated pattern. Neither is more preferred over the other, both are proper. The cut downs were produced from M1905 bayonets since the extra 6" was just too much.
M1905 Bayonet (16")
Issued with the M1903 Springfield back in WWI and used, briefly, in WWII until they started cutting them down.
M3 Fighting Knife
A knife with a 6.75" blade issued to many of those individuals who, for one reason or another, don't have a bayonet.
Mountain Pocket Knife
Don't discount this as a lethal weapon! The mountain pocket knife is similar to any other pocket knife except for one major exception. It has a phillips head screwdriver. Phillip's head did exist during WWII, look at original mountain boots, they have Phillips head screws!
The second pattern of bazooka produced, replacing the M1 Rocket Launcher. Fired a M6A1 rocket capable of knocking out a German tank, if the round hits the right parts of a tank. Can blow wheels or treads off and best if used on weak spots on tanks. Use at close range.
The successor to the M1A1 bazooka. Capable of being broken down into two sections for easier transportation. This one packed a bigger punch than the M1A1 version.