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Historic arms discovered on current operations?

#2
In 2002 some old Martini Henry rifles where for sale on Chicken Street in Kabul, there were some pics of Gen McColl playing about with one on the MOD website.
Came accross quite a nice (to someone who admitedly doesnt know much about shotguns) Purdey shotgun too when doing an Op with the Danes in Iraq too. God knows how the bloke got hold of that as the house we took it from was a complete sh*t tip.
 
#3
Yes the Italians found some biplanes in the scrapyard up by the Tank graveyard by the ranges at Kabul.....there were some Hawker Harts found too ...and the Yanks took a WW1 tank back to the US from the same place.....place is full of old weapons and the odd mine...so i never wondered around too much
 
#4
Can't speak for the 'Stan (though I imagine a lovely collection of jezails, Baker rifles, Martini-Henrys and .303s must be hanging on the walls up in the mountains), but I've read that in 2001 in Macedonia, the local variant of the KLA handed in absolutely ancient old pieces as part of their 'disarming' process. So much so, that the Skopje museum requested first refusal before they were all destroyed.
 
#5
Mag_to_grid said:
In 2002 some old Martini Henry rifles where for sale on Chicken Street in Kabul, there were some pics of Gen McColl playing about with one on the MOD website.
Came accross quite a nice (to someone who admitedly doesnt know much about shotguns) Purdey shotgun too when doing an Op with the Danes in Iraq too. God knows how the bloke got hold of that as the house we took it from was a complete sh*t tip.

Chicken St! :wink:

Better than Asda..... :D

Car St was also good for crazy stuff!
 
#6
Tartan_Ninja said:
Yes the Italians found some biplanes in the scrapyard up by the Tank graveyard by the ranges at Kabul.....there were some Hawker Harts found too ...and the Yanks took a WW1 tank back to the US from the same place.....place is full of old weapons and the odd mine...so i never wondered around too much
Ive got some great pics from the tank graveyard, I will have to get round to uploading them on here one day.
 
#7
don't know if its "historic" but theres loads of pictures of gold plated ak47's and tarted up weapons knocking about. Theres probably alot of .303's in afghanistan apparantly it was the weapon the soviets feared most when they were there.
 
#8
Rumpelstiltskin said:
Can't speak for the 'Stan (though I imagine a lovely collection of jezails, Baker rifles, Martini-Henrys and .303s must be hanging on the walls up in the mountains), but I've read that in 2001 in Macedonia, the local variant of the KLA handed in absolutely ancient old pieces as part of their 'disarming' process. So much so, that the Skopje museum requested first refusal before they were all destroyed.
I forgot about Op Essential Harvest, ive got some good pics from that too! Some of the works of art that were carved into the AK butts where quite impressive too.
 
#9
Rumpelstiltskin said:
...but I've read that in 2001 in Macedonia, the local variant of the KLA handed in absolutely ancient old pieces as part of their 'disarming' process. So much so, that the Skopje museum requested first refusal before they were all destroyed.
Hardly surprising but I have certainly come across a 1917 Lee-Enfield SMLE Mk III* in that general part of the world.
 
#11
Mag_to_grid said:
Tartan_Ninja said:
Yes the Italians found some biplanes in the scrapyard up by the Tank graveyard by the ranges at Kabul.....there were some Hawker Harts found too ...and the Yanks took a WW1 tank back to the US from the same place.....place is full of old weapons and the odd mine...so i never wondered around too much
Ive got some great pics from the tank graveyard, I will have to get round to uploading them on here one day.
Did you go up to the scrap yard on the left before you hit the tanks?
some old stuff up there....get your pics on...all mine are "Joy of Wimk" and need need scaned....bummer. :)
 
#13
My Li'l bro brought a "Khyber" Martini Henry back from Maymanah a couple of years ago. It's even got dozens of "ordnance stamps" on it - all fakes!

He's slowly bringing it back to life with some "Renaissance Wax" he bought from the British Museum
 
#14
Tartan and Mag......

Will you stop yakking and get them up please? :D

Especially the Hawker Hind piccies. A Hart or a Nisir would be a find and a half.

The Italian Biplanes were Ro.37's as I recall, and may already be on their way back to Italy.
 

ugly

LE
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#16
Darra was famed for small arms production, there was a great lecture at The IWM on the Khyber pass guns. A lady walked the N W Frontier and brought back some great photography of pedal powered lathes used for turning barrels on the floor of the chicken shed workshop!
 

napier

LE
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#17
Slightly lower down the pecking order than biplanes, my old CSM was chatting to a shop keeper in central Basra and noticed a WW1 era cavalry sabre hanging on the wall - needless to say it is now safe in chez Ronnie, along with all the rest of his 'collection'.
 
#18
There were a number of Sea Furies, which I believe were shown in the Gallery some time back.

These are now, reportedly, back in UK, having the 'aging proces reversed' and will be worth a small fortune!

Beautiful machines and worth every penny!
 

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