Editor’s note: The Long March will be closed for inventory the month of August. We regret any inconvenience this causes our loyal customers. In an effort to keep you reasonably content and focussed, we are offering re-runs of some of the best columns of the year. We value your custom and hope you will stick around for . . . the Long March.

Looking at the photograph above, I was struck by how similar this torpedo looks, at least on the outside, to those featured in World War II photographs.

It made me think of other things in the military that really haven’t changed, like the M-2 .50 caliber machine gun. It is kind of weird to think of that — we don’t use airplanes or radios from World War II, but we do use some things that date back that far.

I wonder: what the oldest item is in the U.S. military inventory that is still is regular, common usage? I don’t mean like the USS Constitution, which is consciously a museum piece. I mean, things like the .50 caliber machine gun or entrenching tools.


In The Military? Tips For Saving Money At Every Stage

Think Your Absentee Ballot Doesn’t Matter? Here’s Proof It Does

9 Ways To MacGyver Your Life With A Rip It Can

10 Essential Fieldcraft Survival Tips, According To A Veteran

How This Soldier Used His Military Skills To Build A Career And Serve Veterans At Sodexo