TROY XM177E2 Commemorative
The XM177E2, in partnership with SOA & SFA, is the second in the TROY My Service Rifle series following the GAU-5/A/A. The XM177E2 is a U.S. Special Operations icon specifically built for the covert combat needs of MACV-SOG in Vietnam. The TROY XM177E2 Commando is of heirloom quality and aesthetically precise.
Immortalizing duty, sacrifice and honor, proceeds from each XM177E2 will support the charitable efforts of The Special Forces Association and the Special Operations Association as they,
“commemorate fittingly the memory of those who have given their lives in defense of the Free World.”
Remembering the XM177E2
TROY was privileged to discuss the XM177E2 with American author and U.S. Army Special Forces combat veteran, John Stryker Meyer “Tilt
and his experiences in Vietnam. John was kind enough to share several photo with us below.
A posed shot in camp,with a good view of our XM177E2s, while you’ll note that Lynne’s (Lynne M. Black, Jr.) has the 40-mm grenade launcher attached to it, which is the XM-148.
Here’s my favorite photo of myself with a XM177E2, when I’m being inspected by Lt. Gen. Richard Stilwell at our base in xxx,xxx April 1969. You get a good view of the XM177E2, complete with the thin rope that is taped back with electric tape because the rope was quiet in the jungle and the tape was black, to blend in with jungle darkness. Another highlight of this photo, even though it is slightly out of focus: the Jeep bumper says, CCN-61 & SFGA stands for Special Forces Group (Airborne). This is how we dressed for top secret missions into xxxxxx, xxxxxxx, & N. Vietnam. I never wore a hat, only the cravat which could be used to hold bandages of the wounded. I’m also wearing a WW II BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) ammo pouches for my webgear.
Me (John Stryker Meyer “Tilt”) and my first XM177E2 in November 1968.
This is an unique photo of ST Idaho being inspected by Lt. Gen Richard Stilwell. I’m (John Stryker Meyer) standing behind the general, Hiep – with the sunglasses and Sau to Hiep’s right, both have XM177E2. Photo taken April 1969 at CCN during formal inspection by Stilwell prior to launching for mission into xxxx.
This is the second photo taken on Oct. 6, 1968 at xxxxxxxxxxx, prior to launching into a target in xxxx. Note, all six of us are carrying XM177E2s. On the mission, I fired every bullet I carried for my XM177E2, all the M-79 rounds and all of my hand grenades.
They came at us hard…
MACV-SOG and seven XM177E2s What’s unique about this shot is two things: In the back row, from the left, John Shore’s XM177E2 is equipped with a scope and you can see Lynne’s (Lynne M. Black, Jr.) XM177E2 with the XM-148 grenade launcher attachment. The team member standing in the middle with a hat, looking down has an M-79 grenade launcher. Chau has an AK-47 over his shoulder, so that doesn’t count.
This is one strong XM177E2 photo, taken Oct. 6,1968, early morning, prior to ST Idaho launching into a target in xxxx. All three of the South Vietnamese members of the team have there XM177E2s, from left, Phouc, Hiep – our interpreter who lives in (xxx,xxx) now, and Sau, the team’s indigenous team leader. In the back, not scene are Jim Davidson, Don Wolken – team leader – One-Zero, and myself the team assistant team leader One-One. Photo taken at FOB 1, xxx xxx, S. Vietnam, a top secret base.