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    I thought 73 was very early for plastics, 76 would fit with the transition to plastic...

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    John,
    Have to agree 1973 was pre plastic crap.
    We started to identify CROWS...."new" lads as we called them, by their black plastic issue rifles, cos they couldn't get any of us sensible lot, (who had only bounced on our heads 30 times) to change from wood.
    Thats why wood is to die for these days, all matching!!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Thats why wood is to die for
    We never did change from wood until we changed rifles.
    Regards, Jim

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    Always taught to hold the rifle firmly, you certainly can't do that with plastic, especially in wet weather
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Never had a problem with plastic on the R1. Might be different plastics LEW used.

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    Daan...............probably just as the Chinese came into the MOD supply chain
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    No gender confused lads in that photo.

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    Gil, long before Chinese. Locally manufactured, didn't slip in wet weather.

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    Daan,
    Must have been my soft Fairy Liquid hands then.
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    I thought you were in the 'Maroon Machine' Gil, not the cook house rifles mate!

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