1-3 Carbines in Vietnam War
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Dense jungle combined with unbearable humidity and heat meant that lightweight weapons were much appreciated by the grunts hauling the gear in jungle patrols. Density of the foleage and short fighting distances meant that long rifles were unpractical. Various carbines were created for these reasons and they were more of customized personal weapons with status value for those lucky enough to get them. US Special Forces units were especially fond of various carbines such as XM177 series and CAR-15. Light and easy-on-recoil M1 and M2 carbines (both obsolete WWII carbines) were useful for more diminuative Vietnamese soldiers. Carbines were exclusively Allied weaponry as NVA and Vietcong didn't field any specialized carbines.