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    The RCT had DUKW's in Singapore in the late 60's...

    The RCT had DUKW's in Singapore in the late 60's they were so tatty that when some swam to Singapore from Blackang Mati island for a 'factory' rebuild they were found to be so rusty that they were...
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    Re these No1 threads, the last series of EMER's...

    Re these No1 threads, the last series of EMER's for the No1 shows the threads which can be tapped to accept No4 rifle BA equivalent screws. If I remember correctly, all the 4 and 8BA equivalents can...
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    The problem with using s converted .303 extractor...

    The problem with using s converted .303 extractor on a 7.62 rifle is one of geometry. There is a greater space between the bolt face of a .303 than the 7.62 and the start of primary extraction takes...
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    The 7.62mm bolt heads were simply engraved very...

    The 7.62mm bolt heads were simply engraved very lightly with 19T on the top visible surface of the bolthead. Just quickly looking, those extractors don't look like the factory extractors that I...
  5. I must admit that when I saw that rough-as-guts...

    I must admit that when I saw that rough-as-guts turning on the tube I thought that it was an old No42/53 turned down slightly to 1.00" to fit into bracket. Markings lost. The turret and range heads...
  6. Pretty crap photos to identify anything Paul!!!!!...

    Pretty crap photos to identify anything Paul!!!!! Or are they the sellers deliberately fuzzy photos. But could those markings on the scope that I can hardly see be overstamped marks from another...
  7. I don't know whether anyone else has noticed it...

    I don't know whether anyone else has noticed it on the No42's and 53's, that the external anti rotation positioning stud can be found around any left or right sector of the underside in relation to...
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    We had to lower the magazine in the body to mount...

    We had to lower the magazine in the body to mount the rifle magazine. The A2 guns had the magazine lowered a bit more too and that's why they had to have magazine lip rib strengthening inserts...
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    Maybe BAR or Muffer can answer this. But...

    Maybe BAR or Muffer can answer this. But regarding putting bigger guns onto vehicles. There were trials to put the 81mm mortar into the back of the 432 (your M113 APC's) and all sorts of things...
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    Joe is right. It's just sufficient to allow the...

    Joe is right. It's just sufficient to allow the rear of the mag to rotate and click into place. What did you do about the magazine catch?
  11. Someone told me that the L2 backsights and covers...

    Someone told me that the L2 backsights and covers all came from Canada and Lithgow didn't tool up for them. They were always a bit flimsy and ALWAYS in short supply (or dues-out in armourer speak)...
  12. Thread: STEN Mk5

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    For Sale: STEN Mk5

    Last orders please Gentlemen...... Last chance bargain of a new old stock Mk5 wooden Sten butt, Beech (or birch?). The last one I have, just unwrapped and still smells of the Armourers shop linseed...
  13. I was hoping that you'd come in Woody. Jock was...

    I was hoping that you'd come in Woody. Jock was my boss at the Northern District Ord Depot when I had to give them brief tech details of the first GPMG's that had come into NZ. I'm sure that me and...
  14. I wouldn't care to elaborate on how government to...

    I wouldn't care to elaborate on how government to government or Army or Army transactions take place........ The L2's were really just heavy rifles as far as we were concerned especially those Oz...
  15. The NZ L2 at Warminster and a Steyer-Aug were...

    The NZ L2 at Warminster and a Steyer-Aug were exchanged for an L42 and CES and a couple of SA80's. As a matter of interest, the L42 we gave them was the second to last L42 to be withdrawn from UK...
  16. I can tell you where I was and what I actually...

    I can tell you where I was and what I actually saw. The factory crated rifles we had - and there were a large amount of crates) were stacked upright in the crates 10 or so per side, butt to bottom,...
  17. Some No32's and L1A1's were definitely...

    Some No32's and L1A1's were definitely overpainted with sploshes of khaki and sand coloured paint - along with the rifles, spotting scopes and binos. The courses usually added a bit to the lenses...
  18. Thanks for that KtK. There was always a bit of...

    Thanks for that KtK. There was always a bit of controversy regarding the later grease v the earlier grease. The old XG340 was actually a thick, pasty graphite grease - or grease made from graphite,...
  19. Have you ever heard of deck cargo? Have you ever...

    Have you ever heard of deck cargo? Have you ever seen deck cargo from across the Pacific? Grease and whatever else doesn't do much especially when they are left crated. Annanuvverfing. I was...
  20. I was in NZ as an Armourer, conveniently based at...

    I was in NZ as an Armourer, conveniently based at the two BIG Ordnance depots of Sylvia Park and where the small arms were stored, at Ngaruawahia. According to the Ordnance census records, the NZ...
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    Any of the local saddlers will be able to replace...

    Any of the local saddlers will be able to replace the strap and buckle part. Living out in the horsey country in the wilds of rural Wiltshire, like you do, will have a saddler. The buckle is a...
  22. I was a bit puzzled about mounting a No42 or 53...

    I was a bit puzzled about mounting a No42 or 53 in the bracket because the tube dia of the No42/53 is 1.025"(?) while the No32 tube dia is exactly 1".
  23. I was going to say how simple it all seems to be...

    I was going to say how simple it all seems to be nowadays but will hold off on that. But back to the subject and keep my immediate thoughts to myself.....

    You are really making a mountain out of...
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    You have to shave wood from the top of the...

    You have to shave wood from the top of the fore-end, FROM THE LOWER BAND FORWARD, equally from both sides, deepening the shave towards the muzzle. That way it lowers the front end of the top...
  25. Save yourself a whole lot of bother and get a No...

    Save yourself a whole lot of bother and get a No 42 or 53 with what looks like a horizontal AND vertical crosswire. These are actually etched onto a glass plate (which changes the nomenclature from...
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