Have we mothballed our SLRS?

#41
Kin-el. Imagine our coppers with an armoury like that !!!! 0.410 muskets & 2in mortars !!!!! Bet that,ll make a mess on any drugs raid !!

LT.
 
#42
mussolini93 said:
Surely we are missing the point here ? Star Wars was made in 1977. The SMG was still in service until Granby in 1991. The few used in the film were old scrap items recycled from ones used in James Bond films ( There were rather a lot on show during the climax of You Only Live Twice ) and the Professionals TV series etc, not ex Army ones.
I was still using an SMG during and after Granby. anyone know where i can get a deactivated one from? not that Mrs P would be impressed
 
#43
Just had a google sesh. www.machinegunnest.co.uk have one . Those fcukin wierdos at that project x site also have a few. They are not cheap though !!!! 250-900 beer tokens. Thats probally more than they cost to make brand new !! Alot I think are bought up by starwars fans which explains the high prices as you can get a Sten for just over a ton. One along side an SLR would look great on the wall in my study. Can,t see the missus being too impressed either. I would also feel a tad waltish as well !!!!

Regards LT.
 
#44
Mike_2817 said:
I wonder if someone did a 'Freedom of Information' request on the MOD, they would tell us who they sold them all to? What with all the surplus AK47's in the world, everyone must have one ot the other...... Not forgetting the Canadian, Australian and New Zeland SLR's
the NZ SLRs were withdrawn in '85-'88 most ended up on the civvie market, my old boss bought 2000 of them, it was my job to convert them to civvie standerd by removing the 'safty sear' (the automatic sear) and welding in a washer to fill the gap, the corresponding notch on the hammer was ground off, sorry no more 'matchstick trick',
 
#45
LoneTree said:
Kin-el. Imagine our coppers with an armoury like that !!!! 0.410 muskets & 2in mortars !!!!! Bet that,ll make a mess on any drugs raid !!

LT.
LT,

You ain't seen nothing till you've seen an MG42 on an Indian Army check point, manner by a guy carring an SMLE,with his oppo carrying a sterling.

Like a scene from a Commando comic!
 
#46
devilish said:
We had SLR's on Granby.
Yep, I had both!

Was sent out as a BCR until about 4 seconds after we arrived and boss man of 4 Regt realised that there were guys sitting around that could make up his numbers. I was sent to 654 with an SLR AND an SA80 as 3 Regt (parent unit) had been "converted" but 4 regt (the unti we were sent to support) hadn't.

Tipped up, put the SA80 in a bag and scrounged as much 7.62 ball as I could. SA80 was clean as a whistle when it came back as it never saw the light of day. Won a camp cot from a spam on a "you shoot mine and I''ll shoot yours" competition as he ran away crying after a couple of rounds from the elephant gun.
 
#47
Don't some still get used as specialist weapons by certain regiments? (sorry for ressurrecting an old thread)
 
#48
The ones at Bloody Sunday weren't all destroyed. When the SAS resuced the 1 R Irish hostages taken a few years back they took back a couple of SLRs that the West Side Boys had been using. One of the SLRs was used at Bloody Sunday. DOH!
 
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#49
plant_life said:
The ones at Bloody Sunday weren't all destroyed. When the SAS resuced the 1 R Irish hostages taken a few years back they took back a couple of SLRs that the West Side Boys had been using. One of the SLRs was used at Bloody Sunday. DOH!
well bugger me with a fish fork !
 
#50
Well in DRJ, there was an article about some new SF signals unit, showing a picture of the lads doing a tab with what looked to be DP SLRs.
 
#51
Random_Task said:
LoneTree said:
Kin-el. Imagine our coppers with an armoury like that !!!! 0.410 muskets & 2in mortars !!!!! Bet that,ll make a mess on any drugs raid !!

LT.
LT,

You ain't seen nothing till you've seen an MG42 on an Indian Army check point, manner by a guy carring an SMLE,with his oppo carrying a sterling.

Like a scene from a Commando comic!
I,m off around that neck of the woods next year (well Nepal actually) So I,ll expect to savour that spectacle !!! :lol:

Regards LT.
 
#52
I took an SLR to both GRANBY and HAVEN, 1991. Our SLRs and LMGs were replaced early 92 IIRC. At the time I seemed to be the only one sad to see them go. Opinions soon changed though.

PS, I've seen photos of pre-production SLRs (possibly just "Off The Shelf" FALs) in use on ops in Kenya, while hunting Mau Mau. This was the one with the tubular rear sight cowl.
 
#54
Delboy3 said:
mussolini93 don't know about Op Granby in 91 but we were still issued with SLR and SMG in 522 STRE in Willich/Hameln in 92
My unit was the same took my APWT in either summer 93/94 with an SMG every one who took it on the SMG had to retake it week or 2 later on the SA80 wouldn't have been surprised if we were the last regular unit to still use them
 
#55
MPGS /MOD Plod / whatever in Londonderry still had Sterling Mk VI(?) "Police Carbine" (semi auto only) in 1999.
 
#56
Oh, just remembered. While doing one of those Mil-Skills weeks that we sometimes do in the RLC, all the SA80s were sent back to Donnington (I think) to have something fixed and were replaced with SLRs from some reserve store. This must have been 94-95.
 
#57
Just to make you all horribly jealous, I've just taken my old girl out for a shoot; testing my new L4 30-round magazine was my excuse....
 
#59
Rincewind said:
No idea but, can i have one? oh go on.

Rincewind
ME too, please, please oh go on I want one :p
 

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#60
filthyphil said:
Quick question chaps, when were SLRs first issued with plastic stocks?
It was before 1976. I arrived in Omagh from Catterick and was presented with a brand-spanking new wooden-stocked SLR that I had to degrease before I could use it on the streets.

Only years later did I realise why the rest of my troop looked enviously upon my gat. I did think it was a very nice gat, but at end of tour a few months later, we all got Small Metal Guns, so it was a long time before I had to handle a plastic SLR and realise how nice the wooden ones were. (I'd probably used plastic ones during Alternative Personal Weapon Training at Catterick, but not realised then just how nice the wooden one was that I was about to be issued.)
 

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