Belfast 1978 - soldier (aiming) holding magazine in standing position

Did she have tattoos ?
No actually she didn’t. Zoom in on her with one of those long range telescopes and you could see she had all her own teeth and everything. She was a definite a 7 or 8 on the Belfast I wouldn’t mind meeting her in a dark alley scale.

It was the sanger that if you knew you were going to be there at that time on stag, take some tissues! The telescopes were so powerful, once you were zoomed right in, it seemed like you could reach out and have a fondle.

It was always a rush job as well because you had to keep a general eye open on the area just in case she was a distraction.

You did used to wonder whether the locals had any idea just how close you could be to them with one of those telescopes. Judging from their behaviour though, I don’t think any of them ever realised! :)
 
Just as a sign of the progress of technology, that what I assume to be an image intensifier / IR sight is ******* massive.
It’s a SUIT sight. (sight unit infantry Trilux) It’s basically half a binocular on a bracket that clamps it onto the top of an SLR. It has a vertical reticule pointing up from the base that can be illuminated in the dark. Two range settings. 100 metres and 300 metres.

Quite a good bit of kit in it’s day!
 
It’s a SUIT sight. (sight unit infantry Trilux)
Are we looking at the same picture? Having had a quick google the SUIT looks like the small sight on top of the main tube.

I was referring to the drain pipe he's got fixed to the top of his SLR.
 
I think he might be EOD escort.
Doubt it, he would leave the ICP. His job is to:

1. Assist the No2 and bleep.
2. Security in the ICP.
3. Over watch the boss when he’s on a manual.
4. Buttstroke any prick officer who demands this and that during EOD operations.
 
Are we looking at the same picture? Having had a quick google the SUIT looks like the small sight on top of the main tube.

I was referring to the drain pipe he's got fixed to the top of his SLR.
That’s an overslung Charlie G:wink:
 
Are we looking at the same picture? Having had a quick google the SUIT looks like the small sight on top of the main tube.

I was referring to the drain pipe he's got fixed to the top of his SLR.
My apologies. We are not looking at the same picture. I was referring to the one right at the start of the thread and having just gone through the thread again, you are referring to one where the guy has what looks like a starlight scope on his weapon.

Yes it was very big and very heavy. They were carried out on patrol but because of the size and weight, they weren’t used a lot. it was also more unusual after SUIT sights were issued. A starlight scope when carried was often issued one per section. SUIT sights were often issued one per rifleman and were better suited for built up areas like Belfast where there was all kinds of ambient lighting which aided a SUIT sight being used but would cause a starlight scope to white out albeit, it was a bright green colour.

Starlight scopes were more commonly found permanently situated in sangers.
 
Ah... nostalgia. On the Crumlin Road around about the time that King Billy was contemplating granting some more estates, I was running a cordon around an suspected IED. It was Belfast. It was February and it was snowing. Felix was on hand. My blokes had pyramids of snow on their berets and Rickshaw decided enough was enough.
Barged to the back of the Pig. Opened up the rear door and was met by a blast of hot air.. there was Felix. In an armchair. With a brew and the radio playing. After the usual polite introductions (Shut the effin’ Door. What the feck do you want?) I gently suggested to our hero that it might be nice if went out and rendered the IED inert. His response was measured, professional, and all that you would expext of a walker of the longest walk. “I think we’ll let it sweat”. Bastard. That’s one reason why I left the infantry on commissioning.
 
Ah... nostalgia. On the Crumlin Road around about the time that King Billy was contemplating granting some more estates, I was running a cordon around an suspected IED. It was Belfast. It was February and it was snowing. Felix was on hand. My blokes had pyramids of snow on their berets and Rickshaw decided enough was enough.
Barged to the back of the Pig. Opened up the rear door and was met by a blast of hot air.. there was Felix. In an armchair. With a brew and the radio playing. After the usual polite introductions (Shut the effin’ Door. What the feck do you want?) I gently suggested to our hero that it might be nice if went out and rendered the IED inert. His response was measured, professional, and all that you would expext of a walker of the longest walk. “I think we’ll let it sweat”. Bastard. That’s one reason why I left the infantry on commissioning.
Primary soaks need to be applied.
 
This image showed in my Twitter feed, and have never seen that the "grip" of the SLR before. Details I have as per title View attachment 450892
"F**k me careful son, Falls Road has lost its appeal thats you sure, and you ain't helping my incontinence either"
 
Are we looking at the same picture? Having had a quick google the SUIT looks like the small sight on top of the main tube.

I was referring to the drain pipe he's got fixed to the top of his SLR.
I've seen the same fitted atop a GPMG.

For those occasions when your weapon and ammo just isn't heavy enough.
 
Styles of helmet changed over time.
Fashion at the time. I would also expect him to have a tailored jacket but it does seem to be a bit baggy.
Yes. He also seems to be unique in wearing the visor flipped half way back on top instead of all the way back or all the way forward.

Baggy like everyone else's light trousers utility with cargo pocket.

He is also missing web belt and pouches.
 
Primary soaks need to be applied.
No doubt. You speak from a position of knowledge. I spoke from the position of a half frozen grunt on the street.
 
He also seems to be unique in wearing the visor flipped half way back on top instead of all the way back or all the way forward.
You can only do that if the visor is brand spankers, after ten minutes it will be like everybody elses. Come down "on auto"as you are running, slowly and fog up, or come down like a guillotine, put you off and you trip up! ;)
 
It’s a SUIT sight. (sight unit infantry Trilux) It’s basically half a binocular on a bracket that clamps it onto the top of an SLR. It has a vertical reticule pointing up from the base that can be illuminated in the dark. Two range settings. 100 metres and 300 metres.

Quite a good bit of kit in it’s day!

Range settings were 300m & 500m Lever to the rear 300, lever forward 500m

No wonder you were never a Tom Plunket :cool:

 
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