Gun Legend: Here’s the Real Story Behind the Top General in Afghanistan’s .45 Pistol

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Gun Legend: Here’s the Real Story Behind the Top General in Afghanistan’s .45 Pistol

Once again, social media is fascinated with the type of weapon the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan uses.

This time, the attention is on Army Gen. Scott Miller's sidearm. On May 28, Afghan media tweeted pictures of Miller meeting with Afghan officials while holstering a .45 caliber M1911A1 pistol — which the Army no longer issues to soldiers.

After Military Times reported that Miller is a former special operator who was likely issued the pistol years ago, some barracks lawyers took to Facebook to claim Miller should face non-judicial punishment for bringing a personally owned, unauthorized weapon to a combat zone.

One critic even claimed that Miller was, "A good example of I'm above the law toxic leadership."

However, this is not a case of different spanks for different ranks.

Miller was first issued the .45 pistol in 1992 and it became his official general officer assigned weapon in 2009, his spokesman Army Col. David Butler told Task & Purpose.

The general fires his weapons regularly and encourages other troops downrange to go to the firing range as well, Butler said.

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