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    When I am well again and back to full strength I...

    When I am well again and back to full strength I will say how we used to do it. But be prepared..... A bit over zealous and it is easy to go past the point of redemption. Simple if you can just...
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    As a little aside, as I understand it, the large...

    As a little aside, as I understand it, the large unidentified Casualty clearing Station and the Field Hospital are UK supplied too
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    As Surpmil says above, while there are about 6...

    As Surpmil says above, while there are about 6 versions of the TOP part of the clicker, varying from 2 MOA, 50 yard Mk1 type to te full radius Mk3 1 MoA versions, there are 4 variations of the Mk4...
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    In personally think that Rob, Surpmil was being...

    In personally think that Rob, Surpmil was being quite unkind. Sorry Rob..... At least we GAVE them three PLUS spares AND instruction on repair and maintenance prior to handover. And if just one of...
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    Value? The radio valve boxes - so far as I recall - ...

    The radio valve boxes - so far as I recall - were all the same size fitted with little acmpartments made of thich yellow stained felt for protection. BUT the inside walls were not lined with the...
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    Value? Interesting..... That little box started its life...

    Interesting..... That little box started its life out as a 1940's Army protective radio valve box. It was soon being converted to take the 20 round magazines. In the 60's and early 70's they were...
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    Interesting little question and thread. These...

    Interesting little question and thread. These were a two-off buy for the UK MoD. It wasn't specifically issued for the L42 or the L96 but it did find its way into the CES, almost by default. Those...
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    Warren is right. The standards of repair and...

    Warren is right. The standards of repair and maintenance towards the end of the L1A1s lives was dire. The maib workshops were all civilianised or privatised and QC was not kept in check. The...
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    I have to say that I can't remember having a...

    I have to say that I can't remember having a totally jammed up Mk3 that didn't take a LOT of heat to free off. The jammed up turrets usually migrates to the front shade too. To be honest, I just...
  10. I seem to recall that there were TWO variations...

    I seem to recall that there were TWO variations of the L96 chest. A shorter one where the rifle fitted 'snugle' and another that was a bit longer. This was allowed by the procurement people in...
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    Fjruplle is dead right. The best one of all was...

    Fjruplle is dead right. The best one of all was the M203. Never saw one fail, never went wrong that wasn't a simple fix. The phrase '.....if it ain't broke, don't fix it....' was invented for the...
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    We were using those 6x 30 binos until about 10...

    We were using those 6x 30 binos until about 10 -15 years ago. We'd occasionally see Mk2's too. There still seemed to be spares around too. Certainly in use in Malaya and SVn era. Good, hard...
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    What is interesting about the S-African No9 is...

    What is interesting about the S-African No9 is that at Warminster we had an UZI with the barrel machined to accept a No9 bayonet. Never seen -or heard of one - since. But clearly, it was a factory...
  14. lines brothers, a hallowed name........ In the...

    lines brothers, a hallowed name........

    In the world of guns........, especially sub-machine guns..... or more specifically, Sten guns, Lines Brothers are a hallowed name. There were TWO variants...
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    Nope, I never saw one of those and never heard of...

    Nope, I never saw one of those and never heard of any discussion to fit one.
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    Before I can go any further and ensure that our...

    Before I can go any further and ensure that our descriptions match, have you got a parts list? Birmingham, Canadian and Oxfordshire designations do not equate to the official designations
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    Third one along looks like a REME bloke. There...

    Third one along looks like a REME bloke. There was always a bit of chatter about him wearing the full wings but not doing the full course - which includes P Coy. Old and new smocks there too by the...
  18. Yep, keeping really well Cinders. A bit of an...

    Yep, keeping really well Cinders. A bit of an ordeal, but life is good.

    As a matter of interest, the Military police (not the real police incidentally) stated in the court paperwork that between...
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    The reason why you usually find zillions of these...

    The reason why you usually find zillions of these No7 and 9 bayonets WITHOUT scabbards is because when the unit was issued with its compliment of L1A1 rifles in the late 50's until the mid to late...
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    Yes. Some Mk5 Sten butts were made from...

    Yes. Some Mk5 Sten butts were made from converted No4 butts and used the SHORT bolt (you'll need to think about that.....), while other butts, made new, used a standard longer bolt. It's all to do...
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    I think that the blue/grey sling is an RAF issue....

    I think that the blue/grey sling is an RAF issue. Yes, really......... The RAF had this colour webbing until the late 70's when questions were asked why........., when they fought on exactly the...
  22. Words of pure magic there from Brian Dick,...

    Words of pure magic there from Brian Dick, especially thread 11. Every No4T owner and shooter ought to remember this or better still, learn it by rote.

    And something else too. There is just far...
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    First things first. Have you got a parts list? ...

    First things first. Have you got a parts list? If you have I will be able to help you pictorially and if need be guide you through and possibly send you the bits you might need. No parts list -...
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    I seem to remember those exact phones being used...

    I seem to remember those exact phones being used on the rifle ranges well into the late 70's - maybe even a bit longer. Replaced with an armoured plastic boxed and waterproof set. Yours looks to...
  25. Not a good description of the fault, but...... ...

    Not a good description of the fault, but...... Clearly, if the bolt is released on SEMI, but NOT auto, then the selector lever is not depressing the tripping lever sufficiently to clear the piston...
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