I rather miss doing this

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Grumblegrunt, Apr 16, 2013.

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  1. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer


    had bugger all ammo for it though and I dont miss carrying the bugger
     
  2. IIRC- they are considerably lighter than they were in my day! Intrigued by the training staff's beards and goatees- other NATO or civvies? The look far too old to be 'Their Them'!
     
  3. I always was taught a tap on the shoulder was the ready to fire signal.
     
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  4. Tap on the helmet for us, which was a pain because it knocked you off balance if done with "vigor", which it often was!

    Not that we were ever allowed to fire one for real, far to expensive!
     
  5. Load
    Loaded (tap on steel helmet)
    Prepare to fire
    Clear
    Firing
    Boing! (The only time I was given ammo, the range was too dry)
     
  6. Updated the old drainpipe quite a bit by the look of it
     
  7. So what you're saying is that you miss the cuddles?
     
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  8. Fang_Farrier

    Fang_Farrier LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    They definitely look smaller than I remember, like so many things in life!
     
  9. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    you needed that tap with every form of ear protection stuck on your head.

    I like the dinky blue practise rounds.
     
  10. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    the teeth rattling boom and the shiny boots afterwards :)
     
  11. That one in the video looks tiny, not that much larger than a pulled out 66mm in some ways. I've also read somewhere that they have a more interesting selection of ammunition these days rather than just heat?
     
  12. Fang_Farrier

    Fang_Farrier LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    According to that great source Mr. Wiki


    • High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) round
    • High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) round
    • High Explosive (HE) round
    • Illumination round
    • Smoke round
    • Area Defence Munition (ADM) flechette round


    The M3, (without mount) is weighing in at a respectable 8.5Kg
     
  13. Quite miss the friendly slap in the face......
     
  14. I remember doing a two week cadre where the "prize" for the best team was to have one HEAT round to fire..... then after years of having diddly squat to fire out of the thing, one weekend we got absolute shed-loads - It was obsolete or going out of date or summat and we were told to get rid of it. Blokes were getting 6 or 10 rounds apiece to fire. That Flechette round sounds fun - the grand-daddy of all sawn-off shotguns - but very much a last-ditch option I suggest !