Question for all you Armourers, or peeps on the know how.

Might sound like a silly question, but I need to know to make an important decision.

I served in the Infantry (RWF) and then I worked in America teaching firearms classes and doing some armorer work. Now I'm back in the UK and missing my work with firearms badly. Obviously with the UK's stupid laws, the only place I can work with firearms is in the Forces There's a chance I could go back to America to work and go on some civvie Armourer courses run by the manufacturers (Smith & Wesson, Sig, Bushmaster etc).

A few weeks ago a thought popped into my head, why not re-join as an Armourer with the REME. Now this leads me to my question, I want the job where I will gain most experience with firearms. So I would like to know, aside from the mainstream L85, GPMG, L9 etc, what other weapons will I be working on? What weapons have you guys fixed. I want the most variety I can get, whether it be here or America. I have most experience with the HK weapons, mainly the roller locked series.

Cheers :)
Kit an armourer might expect to work on:

155mm AS90 & Turret
120mm Challenger 2 & Turret
105mm Field gun
81mm Mortar
51mm Mortar
30mm Rarden Cannon & Warrior, Scimitar turrets
H+K L104 Riot gun
L67 Riot gun
Pistol pyrotechnic
L74 and L32 Shotguns
Browning .50 Machinegun
Barret Sniper rifle
AI .338 Sniper rifle
AI L96 Sniper rifle
GPMG + Tripod
L94 Chain gun
L85 A2 SA80
L86 A2 LSW
Apache Chain gun
Pistol 9mm
Special ops weapons, specialist training.

6x42 Schmidt and bender scope from L96
C2 Sight
Prismatic compass
L12 Bino
No2 Bino
No5 Bino
CWS Image Intensifier
PNG Image Intensifier
Manacle Image Intensifier
Spyglass Thermal imager
Mira Thermal imager

Super Nikon and other special to role observation equipments

This list is far from exhaustive and does not include the misc equipments such as cookers and water heaters
Very few units tend to have engravers these days but it is another string to the bow and some ex armourers make good money engraving.

What about joining the UK Police as a Force Armourer? You would then get to work with HK? or the same type of job with the security service?
Police armourer pay is crap!! Some forces want the armourer to repair the weapons, issue and receipt them, Ammo storeman and range conducting officer for the wage of a Cfn - LCpl. Each to their own though.

Agree with but cant confirm the pay issue re Police armourers. Would have thought the job would be ok for someone after full army career on a pension. Not that many of them either, we have only one in the whole of West Mercia. Would have thought Forces with higher number of Firearms Officers (Met, West Mids, Manchester etc) will have more but would have thought a huge number.
There isn't that huge a call for Police Force Armourers in the UK, and given I'm still in my twenties, they probably wouldn't let me until I had done 2 years probation as a regular bobbie. Now if I had done full 22 years in the Army as an Armourer then they mite reconsider. And hey, running around in greens again would be a nice trip down memory lane. :)

Yeah the pay is less than the Police, now I think about it, how much does an Armourer get paid after completing Phase 2?
What you also need to consider is that the armourers and gunfitters have now combined and you might end up in an armoured unit that will have less of the kit that you want to work on.
If you get attached to a multi-national force, you get to work on anything from M16's & Glocks to AK47's & Draganovs. Although, don't expect to get any training.

The Crabs use M60's on Chinnocks, so being attached to a helicopter force will allow you to work on those (nearly identical to GPMG anyway).
Armourers are on the higher pay band as a Lance Jack onward to Artisan Ssgt where you revert to lower band again(like all of our poor tradesmen). Just a point to note but an important one if your fella is make the leap!
Artisan SSgt is a long way off for a new recruit and of course Tiffy is the obvious option if pay is a driving factor over job satisfaction IMHO


Mr Happy

StabTiffy2B said:
The Crabs use M60's .... (nearly identical to GPMG anyway).
Hmmmm, really..... they must have changed then...

My advice, for the few pennies its worth to some people....

Go as a contractor to Iraq, earn 300 GBP a day handing out great kit to ungrateful stealing recently liberated 'allies' in dishdashes - the police force is crying out for blokes with 'maintainence' skills.
I had a chance to fiddle with an M60 during my time in the states, so I'd be fine with that, lol.

Well I went down to my local AFCO today but they said they'd need my discharge papers before they could do anything with me. So I'll take them tomorow. I'm thinking of doing my service and then joining the Police in however many years I decide to serve. Sure an Armourer pays less than the Police, but I'd enjoy the work immensley.
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