If your coming over on OP's you will get the new rail one, which is still black.
Your not them so you wont have your whole weapon sprayed.
You will have a sprayed (Desert I presume?) handguard and the rest black and green. you will look like a : a) Walt b) Tw@t c) c0ck or all three.
you have a seriously dodgey armourer, if they are telling you to go and purchase integral weapon parts off the internet.
if you go to the clothing store and they tell you they dont have your size of combat jacket in, you dont go and say 'no worries mate. ill shell out the 60 quid to get one from the surplus shop.'
you get them to order it in, and annoy the **** out of them until they give you one.
the army would never reimburse you because the guys in charge of h&s and all the paper work shit would probably have a mild stroke at the thought of guys buying weapon bits off random sellers.
hell, its not even 'your' weapon. you pay no licence fee, you dont get to keep it when you leave, you dont pay for it, so why you would be prepared to shell out for its maintenance.
and lets gloss over the fact a new rail, paint job, and an extra pistol grip, is hardly neccesary. we have managed to muddle through with the a2 for a good while now, im sure you can wait a few months for a new case.
either your spinning us a line, or you have too much money and no sense.
i recon i was right the first time, a sample of your posts suggests you arent in.
hhhmm...deploy soon, but feel the need to ask what to carry on patrol?
hell, id have a fairly decent idea just from training, combined with a bit of common sense. and any grey areas would almost certainly be ironed out by unit SOP's, and will depend on the tasking.
not to mention, you seem suprised at the weights carried. the 'combat' weight is fairly well known, and i even read something about it on the MOD website at one point.
fair one i see were your comeing from but i really dont think im gunna get one, and i haven't been told anything bout the kit just trying to find out so i now what to take so i can do my job we'l so thanks for the positive help and please keep it comeing