Stage 1 - Vietnam - the Battle of Ia Drang
The Battle of Ia Drang was one of, if not the first, major US engagements in the war. It was unique in that it included close CQB but also long range shooting - something not common in the conflict and thus was it was a good fit for our "long range" bay. This is the same battle that was profiled in the book and film, "We Were Soldiers" by Hal Moore & Joseph L. Galloway.
As we had access to a Troy GAU-5/A/A Reproduction Carbine and an original Colt SP1, what better reason would we need to do a Vietnam themed 2G-ACM match? None, of course.
We're going to get a lot of comments on this, but the Colt SP1's A1 birdcage IS period correct, although maybe not specifically for the Battle of Ia Drang. The original 3 prong flash hiders were prone to damage, collection of debris, and abuse by the soldiers so the A1 birdcage replaced them gradually over time, starting as early as 1967.