From the WW2 manuals.....last date of Aug 1944......cloth belts were still in use and no mention is made of steel links. Upon further research,it is possible that 1919 steel links were used before the end of the war but can't confirm that. Both cloth belts and steel links were used in Korea. The Isrieli's used both in the '67 war and again in the '73 conflict. There were a few units that(National Guard) still had 1919's....by 1965 all front line units had the M-60. My info may be a bit off....didn't carry anything but a .45 in 26 yrs. of USAF service. Correct me if I'm a bit off,guys.....Fleetugsailor said:Can anyone tell me when the US started using disintgrating links on the 1919? TIA.
....Taber....I was a 'red hat'.... CATM firearms instructor... and because the OSI and pilots had .45's I had to remain proficient in and teach the .45. Most other troops who carried handguns had the .38 mod.15 S&W. The 9MM came into most units of the Security Police and pilots during the 1987-88 time frame. So at one point in time I had to remain proficient in three (3) hand guns....along with the M16,M60,M203,and the .50 BMG. Tough job....some one had to do this....LOL...Taber10 said:L999here: When did the USAF (not US Army Air Corps) issue .45s? Most of my career we had .38 revolvers, then went to the 9mm. I would have to guess that the Air Corps had the .45, but then, that was "Army" not USAF.
Just curious. I was qualified on the .45 during a tour that the Army provided our logistics support, but only for that assignment.