Use to joke around with some of the guys when I was in that were Warrant Officers or E-9s about how long they were in by asking them if they first qualified with a musket or were they still using bows and arrows when they came in? lol. Or, my personal favorite were the Navy Guys we'd be out with and asking them if they crewed Noah's Ark. haha. Love the lifers have a lot of respect for those guys, because I know the toll it takes on your family.
USAF 1961-65. My favorite Air Force story about guns was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. I was in Turkey near the Russian border with the impression that we might soon be cinders if the problems weren't solved. So they put us on the wire with M1's. Problem was they didn't issue ammunition. I guess we were supposed to club 'em with the gun butts. Love the Air Force. I live in a military town (Air Force & Army) and I still feel pride & gratitude for those who choose to serve.