G3 caried by Military Cross Winner?

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  1. Colour Sergeant Paul Baines, 35, of 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, was blown over by the detonation of a roadside bomb which took off the legs of one member of his 24-man unit.

    As the Taliban bombers shot at the squad, C/Sgt Baines went to tend to his comrade before a secondary, larger bomb exploded, blew him 10ft in the air and severely damaged another soldier's legs.

    He suffered shrapnel wounds to his head, back and legs but continued to apply tourniquets, administer morphine and comfort the men in what he described as "like a scene from a horror movie".

    His rifle had been blown off his back so he drew his pistol to return fire and continued to treat his comrades.

    Once the evacuation helicopter arrived, he helped carry then to safety, then refused to be picked up for immediate treatment and was only given stitches in hospital later. He discharged himself after a week to return to fighting the enemy.

    His family only learned of his bravery when he returned to the UK on scheduled leave three months later.

    While he was on tour, he took photos of his patrols using a helmet-mounted video camera which give an insight into life on the front line in the Babaji area of Helmand Province.

    The clips show his platoon out on routine patrols, searching enemy compounds and engaging Taliban fighters, and highlight the soldiers' daily concerns over enemy movements and the constant threat of Improvised Explosive Devices.

    C/Sgt Baines' heroism is to be recognised with a Military Cross to be given at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

    His citation reads: "This astonishing act of selfless gallantry in the face of horrifying tragedy was remarkable.

    "Baines showed raw strength of character and deep reserves of courage on this gloomy day and these exemplary actions deserve significant public recognition."

    He described the rescue, saying: "I knew the helicopter was going to touch down only 30 metres from us but there were not enough able people to carry the stretchers.

    "I hesitated because I had to use a bridge - possibly littered with devices. I closed my eyes and held my breath and stumbled over the bridge and into a field.

    "I had been with this guy from the start. I didn't want to leave him."

    He refused a space on a second Chinook helicopter which had come in to evacuate more casualties.

    He said: "The medic was saying 'get on', but I told him 'I've got to stay'.

    "That day we also had three gunshot wounds in another of our battalion's areas. There was a total of 10 in hospital that day.

    "It was the worst casualty evacuation we had had to deal with and it was only in its first month."

    His mother Susan said: "Words fail to describe it really. I'm so proud of him.

    "I keep going on at him about grandchildren, but he's married to the army. He said: "Perhaps you'll be happy now I've got a Military Cross"."

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  2. Oooh, it matches his outfit as well!

    Well done in general, aside from the painting by numbers.
  3. Looks more like a 53 to me. I'm sure the G3 is a lot longer.

    I know Paul 'Bitch' Baines of old and am chuffed that he's been recognised for his courageous act.
  4. HK417 with custom stock?
  5. Dunno, mag looks like 7.62 - bit straight for 5.56.

    But then again, why put a stubby little barrel on a 'sharpshooter' rifle?

    Can I paint an SLR on my L85?
  6. its a G3K (the short barreled version of the G3)
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  7. Where could he have got that from?
  8. There are loads of odds 'n' ends in theatre - All sorts of specialist teams with different tools kicking about. (Feck knows if he was with one of these teams or was just holding it for a friend.
  9. well done that man
  10. 'Nulli Secundus' and, indeed, well done that Guardsman.

    Christ, that was painful, as to what weapon he's carrying who gives a toss?
  11. His local airsoft club...
  12. Don't know where the rules n' regs stand on this - if he finds that weapon being sold privately on camp, say by a yank who's bought it in the US and shipped it out to Afghan, and it's compatible with NATO 5.56mm, is he allowed to buy/use it?

    I have family (of sorts) in the US and their lad joined the Army infantry (he's with Army SF/Green Berets now) - he got hold of a Russian-made AK on a market stall in Baghdad in 2004, used it throughout his tour with permission from his CO (when his team were given 5.56mm, they gave him a chain of 7.62mm to load his magazines with) and, what with easy US gun laws, it only took a little paperwork to take the thing home and use it on every operational tour since. Then again, this could be because of a) 'everything goes' gun laws and b) the US army having so much cash they can afford to waste chains of 7.62mm on an infantry private when they could just give him the cheaper rounds (5.56mm) and tell him to bugger off and use his M4 like a good boy.
  13. Aren't Soviet and NATO 7.62 completely different sizes?
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  14. I'm just going to guess here... the armoury?
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  15. No, he's fcuking not allowed to just select his own gun. And I really don't think the Yanks are 'free and easy' with carrying what ever weapon you fancy either. More likely your colonial cousin found an AK and just helped himself to 7.62 link. Taking it home might be a bit more complex (even in America) as it would be a fully auto assualt rifle. Not many states allow them.

    JBM, IIRC NATO 7.62 is differnt to the 7.62 used in an AK.

    Don't the Danes use G3s?