Ferrets

Lid140

Clanker
Following on from the CVR(T) thread, does anyone remember the Ferret scout car? What a bundle of laughs they were; Pre-select gearbox, ultra cramped and a tendency to roll over!
 
I never understood why a Sqn SCM (SSM) after working his way up through the ranks to a position of great importance was given the crappiest ride for exercise. Freezing cold and pathetic storage.
 

02FD11

Old-Salt
the_butler said:
I never understood why a Sqn SCM (SSM) after working his way up through the ranks to a position of great importance was given the crappiest ride for exercise. Freezing cold and pathetic storage.

Ah Butler, I fear it could have something to do with the 'man at Q&M' syndrome that the HCR suffer from. I guess your SCMs were not allowed to modify the ferrets to have baskets over the back decks in case it looked too unmilitary! Fantastic cabby, 2 RTR once had a Ferret display team, lots of tent pegging and that sort of thing, difficult getting saddles made though.
 
Would look funny though - a ferret with a saddle, bit small though.......

Oh, is it nut fed?
 
Still, they were pretty good for a scout car. They just tried taking it a bit too far with the CVR(W)

NTM
 
stern said:
Following on from the CVR(T) thread, does anyone remember the Ferret scout car? What a bundle of laughs they were; Pre-select gearbox, ultra cramped and a tendency to roll over!

Never heard of a Ferret going over. We had great fun in them and never rolled one once. I know that there were a few fatalities with the Fox (Yeomanry), so much so that the Arabs got wind of it and refused to buy them from us.

Hatch rash. F*ck that hurt.
 
California_Tanker said:
Still, they were pretty good for a scout car. They just tried taking it a bit too far with the CVR(W)

NTM

I used FOX in NI in ´79 and had no problems with it,yes they were top heavy but the problem was I think driver training which is at best `ropey`in the British Army.

We got the Fox´s one day and were driving them on ops the next,we had thank God no accidents but one unit lost a Commander in Belleek basically due to driving too fast, IIRC the same driver nearly did the same a few days later!

Such a small vehicle and so much firepower,30 mm Rarden Cannon(no ammo in NI though!) co-ax GPMG,and a fantastic Night Sight,and x10 Gunners sight,just sit back and watch the natives enjoying themselves!

Why it was `binned`I don´t know,it was a great improvement on the Mk2 Ferret which only had an old .30 inch Browning.There was a Swingfire version also but I never served on one of them. :?
 

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elovabloke

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Provost_Marshal said:
stern said:
Following on from the CVR(T) thread, does anyone remember the Ferret scout car? What a bundle of laughs they were; Pre-select gearbox, ultra cramped and a tendency to roll over!

Never heard of a Ferret going over. We had great fun in them and never rolled one once. I know that there were a few fatalities with the Fox (Yeomanry), so much so that the Arabs got wind of it and refused to buy them from us.

Hatch rash. F*ck that hurt.

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Nobody hurt this time.
 
Provost_Marshal said:
stern said:
Following on from the CVR(T) thread, does anyone remember the Ferret scout car? What a bundle of laughs they were; Pre-select gearbox, ultra cramped and a tendency to roll over!

Never heard of a Ferret going over. We had great fun in them and never rolled one once. I know that there were a few fatalities with the Fox (Yeomanry), so much so that the Arabs got wind of it and refused to buy them from us.

Hatch rash. F*ck that hurt.

I believe 3RTR lost an Officer to a roll-over in ´74? On exercise in Soltau.I think the Blues and Royals would only let L/Cps drive them(could have been just a rumour!)which if true was a good Idea.
 
We had the Mk 1 ferret with the Blues in 1959, they were then known as Fieldmice, the Mk 2 that came with the turret was basically the same vehicle. We had a couple trialling VIGILANT while I was there . All in all they were a fairly good vehicle and I can never remember one being rolled, we reserved that manouver for the Austin Champ. There is a Mk 2 with recovery gear in the REME Vehicle Museum.
 
elovabloke said:
Provost_Marshal said:
stern said:
Following on from the CVR(T) thread, does anyone remember the Ferret scout car? What a bundle of laughs they were; Pre-select gearbox, ultra cramped and a tendency to roll over!

Never heard of a Ferret going over. We had great fun in them and never rolled one once. I know that there were a few fatalities with the Fox (Yeomanry), so much so that the Arabs got wind of it and refused to buy them from us.

Hatch rash. F*ck that hurt.

Before

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And after

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Nobody hurt this time.

Elova, I hadn't spotted it when you posted these in 'the other place', but you've got two different vehicles here: 03CC44 and 01CA16! Granted, both from 'Bollokcs' Tp ...
 

elovabloke

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Moderator
Yup with same commander and this time BFG in the seat (I think)- the shinny one up top is the after - my mistake - well spotted for a rupert.
 

SamCaine

War Hero
I remember a story from Castlemartin Ranges; somebody found a pristine Mk 4 set out as a target. There appeared nothing wrong with, so one evening they took out some batteries and a can of petrol and got it going. Drove it back and painted a name on it. Free-ran back to base and drove it around for over a year before it was discovered during a QM handover. How nobody realised is a mystery, the only Mk 4 in the garrison. :twisted:
 

Hobgoblin

Old-Salt
I have very fond memories of these from my days in Oxford OTC. In fact I was there when we finally put them to rest in 1990 with a formal dinner in the field on SPTA followed by a drive past and salute.

What a wonderful vehicle and with some minor mods to the back decks and some industrial piping they could be quite warm inside as well!!
 

aghart

War Hero
The Mk 5 Ferret or FV712 was great fun, 4 man compo packs could easily fit in the missile storage bins. Drank fuel like nobodys business though.
 

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