Joining as an Armourer

I've been chatting to a few ex squaddie friends of mine, and they all say that I should join as an armourer (I work on their civvy guns). I've got a couple of questions that are TA specific which they couldn't help with as they are all regs, help me have a bit of an idea before I talk to the local centre.
So I thought I'd be best off heading over here and asking you knowledgeable fellows.

1. My nearest centre is the REME 147btn in Scunthorpe, and I don't know if I'm just being thick, but if its a REME btn then surely there wouldn't be much reason to have an armourer? (so this follows to my next question)

2. In the TA do you get attached to a company, it'd make sense and I wouldn't mind traveling if I was.

3. What does one do, day to day, as a TA armourer? there surely can't be that many weapons that go wrong.

Any help or information would be great.

Cheers in advance,
Rick
 
It's hard to answer. Our armourer is a civvy, and he's just been made redundant.


Tapped in morse code on the radiator.
 

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LE
Due to restructuring, well OK - the lack of armourers, pretty much all armourers are being withdrawn from 1st line units and are being redistributed to REME battalions. There is a lack of armourers as they are signing off as they can't work at their local units or they are being removed from FTRS positions and basically sacked as all support is being done by REME battalions. People don't want to travel the longer distances or can't due to family & work commitments.
Armourers are in short supply in regular units too - it sucks! More equipment, less manpower - dogshit morale, more postings to REME battalions = more people signing off. So that explains why most of the armourers are at REME Battalions.

Not sure how the attachments to units work as I've been out of the 'normal' TA loop since 2008 - Used to have REME companies dotted all over the country - worked quite well. (Probably shit canned now.) As for getting attachments to other units - possibly for exercise or deployment but I'll check for you.
 
Thanks for your input guys, I presumed there would be an overpopulation of armourers lately because of that huge drive they had a couple of years ago, I'm basically interested in working with things that go bang, especially small arms but real guns are good as well. Ive worked in a gun shop a few years ago and loved diagnosing problems and making them work again, I'm just wondering if I would be able to actually get to do some real work on equipment if i joined my local TA as its REME, do knackered guns get sent over to get fixed, I really have no clue, went over to have a chat this evening but apparently no one was available so Ive been told to go back next tuesday.

If I can get along with the job and it suits me (which I think it would) then I'm considering joining the regs down the line, I guess it would beat my current job as a bloody ASDA delivery driver haha!
 
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3. What does one do, day to day, as a TA armourer? there surely can't be that many weapons that go wrong.

Training, usual mill skills, weapons inspections, testing, servicing, some repairs, drink tea.

If its anything like Australia you will be sent out on weekends to range shoots as duty armourer, or sent to units to conduct weapons inspections.

On the range not a lot will go wrong, so you will be sitting around drinking tea. Maybe someone will get a pull through stuck in a barrel. You may get a shoot in. you are really there in case something goes wrong. If something does go wrong - an ND, or an injury, expect to have to switch on very quickly and do a full inspection and report on the weapon.
 
Oh, that sounds like a good thing! I do that role when I'm designated as RCO at Strensall MOD ranges with my civvy shooting club, so I'm used to that sort of thing.

Cheers
 
The other bit I noticed in Australia was that RAEME gun plumbers tend to be excellent shots - they have in interest in weapons and get a lot of time on the range with them. They also make good coaches.

for some years the best shot in the Australian army was a Reserve RAEME Craftsman Armourer.

Experience may vary.
 
I would hope that this side of the world is on the same lines as over there. I think I've got what it takes, I can fix guns, I don't do sunlight, the alcoholism, and the porn stash is growing day by day.
 
I would hope that this side of the world is on the same lines as over there. I think I've got what it takes, I can fix guns, I don't do sunlight, the alcoholism, and the porn stash is growing day by day.

Recovery Mechanic may be more your thing......
 

CC_TA

LE
On the range not a lot will go wrong, so you will be sitting around drinking tea. Maybe someone will get a pull through stuck in a barrel. You may get a shoot in. you are really there in case something goes wrong. If something does go wrong - an ND, or an injury, expect to have to switch on very quickly and do a full inspection and report on the weapon.

Only a class one armourer will do an ND inspection.
 

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