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    Here's an interesting point....... In the STEN,...

    Here's an interesting point....... In the STEN, the angle of presentation of the round was 7 degrees - according to the EMER that I've just looked at. This angle was ensured BY THE MAGAZINE. IN...
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    I never saw an external magazine mandrill in...

    I never saw an external magazine mandrill in service - and rarely saw an internal one....., if ever. The magazine lips were reinforced by the sheath, spot welded on the outside. The lips were easy...
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    For Sale: Collector Grade set.

    For Sale to good home. Complete Collector Grade set, volume 1 to 3, The Browning Machine Guns by Dolf Goldsmith. Perfect condition. No dog ears, oily or torn pages......, just put on bookshelf as...
  4. In the early to mid 70's, small agricultural...

    In the early to mid 70's, small agricultural company called EVERS and WALL, based at Shefford Woodlands near Newbury were using old stores/living accmmodation and dining room facilities left from...
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    Yep, No2 Mk1/1 or 1* Had the trigger axis pin...

    Yep, No2 Mk1/1 or 1* Had the trigger axis pin hole ring punched. Later we were permitted to ream them out and insert a roll-pin
  6. Definately NO! The BESA is marked T for TANK

    Definately NO! The BESA is marked T for TANK
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    But what was its POST census number Gee Ram? A...

    But what was its POST census number Gee Ram? A lot of mixed motor bikes were in the YT and WY batches. In Singapore, 25 Company RASC/RCT had a Triumph motor bike that was recorded as having a...
  8. The big workshops was on the Ayer Rajah Road in...

    The big workshops was on the Ayer Rajah Road in Alexandria. That was 40 Base - or Singapore Base as we called it. There were a few workshops scattered about the place for the individual units. My...
  9. The 7.92 extractor is identical to the 7.62...

    The 7.92 extractor is identical to the 7.62 version except for the marking and the spring and stay were the same as the .303 versions.
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    What is interesting in the photograph is that it...

    What is interesting in the photograph is that it shows that the tank PREVIOUSLY had a wartine 'census' number, commencing T followed by its serial number, such as T-123456 for a tank. Immediately...
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    The wire cutters were very capable and on yours,...

    The wire cutters were very capable and on yours, the 'cutter' was replaceable. In fact, the cutter was a commercially available tri-corner lathe tool insert. Alas......, the saw was a bit of a...
  12. It is the 'parachute troops' part of this that...

    It is the 'parachute troops' part of this that puzzles me a tad. Rifles are container loaded and if a No4 rifle would fit neatly into a container, then, er........., so would a No5 rifle! So the...
  13. We had a butt for one of these with the rounded...

    We had a butt for one of these with the rounded alloy abutment feature at Warminster. But the fixture was wood - similar to the original butt. The back end was exactly as per Paul's photo. Alas,...
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    Malaya/Malaysia was a strange scenario when I was...

    Malaya/Malaysia was a strange scenario when I was there in the 60's. The Malayan government called it Malaysia, supposedly to encompass the whole of Malaya, Sarawak and Borneo - or whatever, to...
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    We had the predecessor, the Bristol Belvedere -...

    We had the predecessor, the Bristol Belvedere - or Bedeviller - in Malaya. Nobody ever wanted to move in one because they all carried their own fuel supply, in 44 gallon drums strapped in the...
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    For Sale: Mk5 Sten wooden butt

    Last opportunity..... I have got two brand new wood Mk5 Sten butts £30 each. Will fit bracket, sling swivel and butt plate for UK buyer as a degree of hand fitting is required on these things
  17. It's a '44 pattern belt along with the other...

    It's a '44 pattern belt along with the other webbing we had at the time. Studded ammo boots too..... JUST pre-higher combat boots. Grey or khaki woolen socks (best for your feet) rolled over tops of...
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    I did a fully skeletonised L9 pistol for the SASC...

    I did a fully skeletonised L9 pistol for the SASC at Warminster using the machinery in the old Bedford machinery truck. It replaced an old hotch-potch thing that never worked properly and was...
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    Yep, the L2A1 it is. Not quite as good as the...

    Yep, the L2A1 it is. Not quite as good as the trusty Bren - or the 7,62mm L4. Malaya was wholly an L4 theatre but SVn was L2 territory.
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    All shortie Sterling magazines were converted...

    All shortie Sterling magazines were converted from fuill-length magazines. It was a simple insert and a saw blade came down and chopped the unwanted part off. Then the usual tool used to spay the...
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    One of the equipment repairers told me once that...

    One of the equipment repairers told me once that when inserting rivets into webbing while repairing it, it was MOST important NOT to cut through the webbing. Once you cut the webbing, you have...
  22. Changed for simplicity and ease of manufacture. ...

    Changed for simplicity and ease of manufacture. Originally made so that the butt would only fit one way - the correct way! But quite soon it was realised that only a clown would fit the butt upside...
  23. Spoke to JE this morning re this and he said that...

    Spoke to JE this morning re this and he said that the 'classified scrap' in the form of Sterling type SMG parts purchased from Donnington and used by Sterling was pretty-well limited to rear sigh...
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    Simplicity itself. Get a No8 firing pin, remove...

    Simplicity itself. Get a No8 firing pin, remove the firing pin part and insert an extended firing pin to suit the No7 extended bolt. Silver solder in place and that's it.

    When the RAF Cadets...
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    The ejector doesn't strike the cartridge cap. It...

    The ejector doesn't strike the cartridge cap. It strikes and deforms the cartridge case JUST above the primer pocket. This is just sufficient to firmly hold the primer in place during the harsh...
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