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    Can I ask an obvious question?
    Has the piston had a really good clean as well as the gas regulator recently, as these often get neglected by those who dont shoot L1A1 regulary!
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    All these "hot brass" stories make me chuckle I'm quietly infamous for badly consoling the hot brass wounded. Not a SLR story, but while showing a rapid fire drill of an LE with "long" blanks there were shouts from the guy behind me - he took one down his tunic and he was in an enclosed space for the "wiggly worm dance" and I advised that "war is hell". Similarly my best words of wisdom are "keep your mouth closed" when the brass starts flying... There is nothing like the rush of massed fire..except the brass hunt afterwards - wishing you all tight cuffs and collars.

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    It's a right of passage, getting branded by red hot brass

    I've had two, .308 down the back of my shirt and one of the rather hot (1650 fps) CCI high velocity .22lr cases down the front ... Out of the chamber, bounce off the firing point wall and straight down my shirt, I sweat that little sod burnt more than .308!

    Those hot loaded little rounds are ejected from the rifle white hot!

    The guy on next firing point said helpfully "who's cooking burgers"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I had a guy take a fresh fired blank round down the back of his neck in winter kit in the field one snowy day. He went down like he was shot...
    A friend here in the States had a similar story of a classmate from when his Basic class was training on Garands, back in the early 60s. His words, "Never knew a man could actually LEVITATE like that!"

    More recently, a fellow I used to know was going through National Guard training, and saw an, ahem, "well endowed" member of his training group take an M16icon case down the front of her shirt...the result was not pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    It's a right of passage, getting branded by red hot brass
    Have had a few cases bounce of me in the past, most memorable was during the second phase training for the reserves, when a smart arse in our section thought he would position the change lever to full auto on our rifles before a range shoot, it had become to a point we all needed the toilet due to long wait to get on the range, so two were left with the rifles....... obvious it was picked up by everyone when on the range and going through the drill at "Make Ready" but someone was in a bit of a panic and missed out the change lever and started off in full auto, I was the one next to him........ there was hell on at the time but it all calmed down, the character in question had stolen my apple from my lunch bag the previous day so it was a time for a lesson, the next day he had the shits for nearly 24 hours........

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