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Tunnel rats were US and allied troops who went into tunnels seeking out the enemy during the Vietnam War.  The tunnel rats were typically equipped with just a pistol, knife and flashlight due to the confined spaces they had to enter.

The Colt M1911A1 was the standard issue pistol, and was frequently carried by the tunnel rats.  However, other handguns were frequently used including personally owned handguns and “battlefield pick ups.”

"Tunnel Rat" in Nam

"Tunnel Rat" in Nam

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