Yes, There are pheasants in Korea. Shotguns are also used very often in combat situations, usually in jungle warfare. They were very popular in VietNam. Friend said he went trap shooting dang near every day but used double ought buck for the birds he was shooting at.
Yes there are plenty of birds in South Korea. In the early 80's we were able to catch the Marlog flight to Korea and the another to a small island on the southern tip (CHEJU DOU). Not sure of the spelling. There was a comm center there. You could get shotguns and ammo from special services and hunt all you want. Don't remember the daily limit but they would clean and freeze them. We would take them back to Oki and have a big cookout. It was fun. Mike
The easiest way to tell the Model 11 from an A5 at a glance is to look for the magazine lockout. The Model 11 does not have one. It protrudes from the left side of the receiver and in this case would be obscured from the camera by the shooters hand. The back of the trigger guard safety could go either way. The picture wasn't clear enough for me to get a good look at the scrolling on the receiver so no help there.
Pheasants are allowed to migrate freely across the border between China and Korea. However they do run the risk of being turned into soup when doing so.
Let's have some fun. I noticed the Unit insigna on the side of the jeep. Some guys in my Unit the 82nd, said the Badge stood for the "Horse they couldn't ride, and the line they couldn't cross". LOL sorry, I know the Motto of the 82nd by some, was "Almost Airborne". When I pulled permanent guard duty at Bien Hoa,in '67, I was put into a bunker with either a M-14, or an Remington 870. The other G.I. took the '14, and took the 870. The Sergeant of the Guard told us "do not load the weapons". Yea right,I should sit there all night with an empty weapon, I think not. First of all there was no way that I round could be chambered, because the gun was full of sand and dirt. I could hardly open the action. With some cleaning the action was freed up, and magazine was filled. An uneventful night, and every night there after while I was on Guard duty, I made sure I had the right shotgun. Welcome Home fellow Troopers. JoeZ
If this picture was taken in Korea is saya a lot of things.
The insignia on the side of the jeep is that of the First "horse s**t kickin" Calvary Divison and had to be taken before the end of 1951 as the First Cav. Division was replaced by the 45 Oakie Division late in 1951.
I surmise this is a photo of an officer of at least Regiment level being squired on as pheasant hunt by two lesser lights. Both of the GI's have their combat gear including steel helmets and dust goggles and the jeep being 50 cal equiped smacks of a recon company vechicle. The person with the shot gun is undoubtly a high rank officer due to the way he is attired and not having any combat gear. The gun is probably a browning as they were the only type I saw there and were available through special services if you had enough rank to borrow one. Which I didn't.
There were many phesants all over Korea rspecially around the rice paddies. An M1 carbine would work ok on them too.
I was there then and did that.
My older brother served in Nam and loved his M-16. But chose to carry a shotgun with 00 buck in it. He said it was the best way to survive in the jungle. He bought 3 Darne shotguns while he was there and always carried one of them with him while on patrol.