Book Giveaway: How Long Did You Serve?


** This giveaway has ended, but be sure to check the Inside Gun Digest Books blog for more chances to win great Gun Digest books.**

Since the book blog began, many of you have mentioned military service. Just last week, “jarhead” talked about his “all-expense-paid trip to Vietnam.” Last month, in our discussion of combat handguns, “chet” fondly remembered the Mauser 1910-34 auto-loading pistol his grandfather (a POW) brought back from Germany, and “hardcase” talked about the 1911 he carried in the Navy.

To recognize (in a small, but sincere, way) the time so many of us spent in military service, this week one lucky winner will get two books: the recently-released 6th edition of the Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, edited by Phillip Peterson, and Tactical Pistol Shooting by Erik Lawrence.

To enter the random drawing, post a comment below telling us how many years you spent in military service, and/or the time spent by family members – fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children. It'll be interesting to see how many total years we'll have in our blog group.

Or, as always, you can just say you'd like to win the books.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday (Oct. 9), and we’ll announce the winner on Monday (Oct. 10).

Good luck in the drawing, and thank you.

One entry per person, please.
Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.





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  1. My father served 32 years, I served 13 years with a disability, my oldest son retired after 22 years, my middle son has 13 years in with plans to retire at 24, my youngest son has 5 years and is looking to retire at 23

  2. When I got my retirement out of the Naval Reserves I had a total of just shy of 24 years Active and Reserve time. Put 14 years in the cockpit, mostly in SH-3D and some P-3A/B time. Got to fly into Hyphong Harbor on my first operational flight and ended up in the Sandbox in Dessert Storm as OIC of a detachment in Saudi supporting the P-3’s.

  3. I served from 9/81 to 9/85, U.S.Army. Did a tour in Germany and Ft Campbell KY.Was National Guard prior to U.S.Army 10/79 to 7/81.

    • My father served during WW2 in a quartermaster/graves registration unit in the Europe theater of operations.My son Caleb is now serving in Afghanistan as an Army M.p. For my self i three brothers who in the military also. One Air force,one Navy and the other brother Army.

  4. March 1970 to April 30, 1972 Navy. Became an “O-Boat” sailor and Cam Rahn Bay vet of the ingenious “Operation Market Time”; which was short for being slow-moving targets for the RVN PTFs 3 times a day (nerve racking)!!
    My father spent at least 2 years in the Pacific courtesy of the US Army on Kwajalene, Eniwetok, and Saipan finishing-out as a Staff Seargent in the Quartermasters. Never would talk about it much. His brother, Uncle Hank, was a Staff Seargent when he landed with the Occupation Forces near Tokyo. His sister’s husband, Uncle Ed, was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne on D-Day June 6, 1944. He’d say, “Little did we understand that when we jumped that day, we were jumping into Pure Hell on earth!!” Another uncle, Earl, served in the Navy on convoy duty in the Atlantic. My step-father landed in North Africa and survived all the way to the Occupation of Germany. He stayed in the reserves and National Guard to retirement. Achieving the rank of Command Seargent Major; a singular individual who gained your respect without trying!!

  5. I served 3 years in the Army from Sept 1963 – Sept 1966. My father served with the Army during World War II and was with the troops that first entered Japan after the surrender. Dad stated that they went into training camps and took guns away from Japanese troops who did not know the war was over.

  6. In the Navy from Jan 76- Mar 85 and two more years in the reserves.
    My dad was in the Marines in WWII. Not sure of the years but was in in Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. I’m guessing 2 years.

  7. Me – Master Sergeant,USAF(Ret)1983-2004
    Step-Dad – US Army, late 1960s
    Uncle – USAF Reserve late 1960s
    Uncle – US Army, Korea 1960s,
    Uncle – US Army, Berlin Brigade, 1950s

  8. Served 20 in the USN @ Grenada, Lebannon, Desert Shield/Storm in Amphibs, Destroyers and CVN.
    One Uncle in USN and Merchant Marine (Murmask runs) in WWII.
    One Uncle in USMC ITinian) in WWII.
    Two Uncles in Army in Burma during WWII.
    Two cousins in USN, four years each in 50’s.
    Father-in-law 32 years USN.
    Brother-in-law USA 20 years.

  9. I only spent a short time in the navy but my mother & father met in the air force and I was born at Beal AFB in California.

  10. Served in US Army 20 years, 3 months five days…1963-1983….served in Turkey, Vietnam, Germany, Korea and various posts around the United States.

  11. Grandfather WWII 1939-1945 US Merchant Marines
    Uncle #1 WWII 1942-1946 US Army
    Uncle #2 WWII 1941-1945 US Navy
    Father 28 Years Korea-Veitnam 1949-1976 USMC Sgt/Maj.
    Brother USMC 1982-1988 Sgt
    I enlisted in the Marines initially in 1972 to 1978 as a SSGT. Re-enlisted in the US Army in 1984 until 1993 as a SSG and was medically retired for I was hurt during Operation Desert Shield/Storm 35 miles inside Iraq as a UH-60 Blackhawk crewmember looking for downed colition pilots getting shotdown ourselves.

  12. I had 6 years USAF – 1966-1972 SEA
    My uncle had 5 years marines – 1941-1946 Pacific Theater
    My grandfather 4 years Royal Air Force – 1915-1919 France

    My earliest US ancestors Hessians 1776-1783

    It is interesting that both sides of my family – Irish and German were impressed into the British army, one in 1775 and the other in 1915.

  13. Me, 1986-1996, US Navy (STG1(SW))
    Dad, 1950-1954, US Navy (AE3)
    Grandpa, 1936-1945, US Army (M/Sgt, LT)
    Great, great grandpa, 1863-1865, 27th Michigan (Sgt)


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