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    French Foreign Legion

    Looks like a DW-9052? on a Legionaires wrist on jungle warfare training in French Guyana




    A Legionaires Captain's LCD watch with compass bezel used for timing individual performances.




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    Might be a DW-9000. I know those were French military issue.

    Here's a pic of Laurent's that shows them in action...

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    The French military using Smith & Wesson revolvers??!

    They appear to be S&W model 686's in .357 Magnum...

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    Re: French Foreign Legion

    Quote Originally Posted by Schuey2002 View Post
    They appear to be S&W model 686's in .357 Magnum...
    I'm no expert, but they do indeed. I have a Co2 S&W 586 which looks very similar.
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    @ schuey2002,

    I'm not quite sure but I would presume the picture is rather a photo of the police special force GIGN than of soldiers....

    but besides that, yes the french are known for more trusting in revolvers than semi automatic pistols, rather uncommon these days but effective


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    effective is the right word...
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    Sorry to degrade off topic, but the revolver is Manuhrin--a VERY good one.
    And the unit pictured is the GIGN indeed--the one used in counter terror operations and capturing extremely dangerous criminals. In the legion only automatic pistols are used as sidearms.
    In the Legion Etrangere they DO NOT issue watches to troops. In fact this is one of the small number of items a candidate is allowed to keep when entering selection (together with shaving kit, a french dictionary, underwear, pocket money..) so most recruits enter with their own ones. And if you do not have one, the siren in Aubagne will serve as one But a watch is a necessity when in the service, so most guys end buying one anyway. I do not remember the foyer in Aubagne selling watches
    Maybe the DINOPS are issued some..I do not know. The REI units (infantry) do not get issued watches for sure, and such is the case with the REP (paras). I do not know abut the REG, but doubt it.
    Believe me, I know as it went in one movie with DeNiro I KNOW what color the boathouse is in Hereford (and if there is a boathouse)
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    Re: French Foreign Legion

    Someone on another forum also thought they were Manuhrins. MR-73's to be exact..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sntangerbg View Post
    Believe me, I know as it went in one movie with DeNiro I KNOW what color the boathouse is in Hereford (and if there is a boathouse)
    So, are you implying that you have some real-world experience in the armed forces or law enforcement? That DeNiro quote from "Ronin" caught my attention.

    I find all of this very interesting, especially the pic of the officers using revolvers rather than semi-autos...when I saw that I thought the pic was staged by someone who wasn't familiar with the usual equipment issued to most law enforcement and military agencies. Very interesting.
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    Bear in mind that we usually allow guns in pictures of a documentary nature which illustrate the use of watches, but we're not a gun forum.

    You could say that we're not a bicycle forum either , but Moderators might use their discretion and limit discussion if a thread turns out to be more about weapons than watches.
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