WWII Memoirs – 1944 – Qualifing With Carbine

One day it was all about shooting—not about combat, though. We were loaded into trucks and driven to the northern tip of the Island to a place called Kuhuku point. It was the location of the military’s rifle range, and we were up there that day to qualify with our carbines. The carbine is the weapon the enlisted personnel of squadron would be assigned in a combat zone.

The carbine was similar to the .22 Caliber rifle I used during my teen years. I used it to shoot gophers, rabbits and other small animals often called varmints. During seasons when gophers were seriously damaging crops, our State paid cash to control his infestation. To make a little money that summer I became a “Bounty Hunter.” The rate was 3 cents a tail.

It also helped sharpen my shooting skills, that eventually led me to qualify as an “expert” with the carbine that day at Kuhuku Point. There are three levels for qualification: Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman.

All of us knew what the carbine was for in the service, but nobody dwelled on that topic. I remember the attitude of the guys as they came up to the firing line; they were serious and focused. Most of them were members of a civilian army, and their attitude was, “Let’s get the job done, and go home”.

 
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