Questions about Armourer trade.

Afternoon Chaps,

I've decided to join the Army (just waiting on my medical paperwork to process ATM) and I've got my eyes on a few different jobs, one of which is the Armourer trade. I've searched for about an hour and I found some good info but I still have one question:

How much of being an armourer is parts-fitting and store work and how much is "skilled" repair work (machining, metal working, problem solving etc.)? No disrespect to parts-fitters as I'm sure they do a vital job, it's just not what I'm looking for really.

Thanks in advance.
 
It virtually all parts fitting but with some diagnostics required to identify what needs replacing.

The last guns that needed any real fitting skills were the L4 ( 7.62mm version of the Bren) and the .30 Browning machine gun, plus the old SMG and bayonets if parts needed brazing or welding back on.

But then I would say that as I did a three year apprenticeship to learn to be an armourer and left 22 years ago while there was still a bit of fitting to be done! :)
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Being an armourer is much more than just parts fitting.

You'll also be responsible for selling pirate DVDs and some very very niche pornography to the other members of your unit.
 

Army_Rizzle

War Hero
You just tap on parts of said rifle or gun and sign a bit of paper.

Occasionally when a bit breaks you replace it for a new bit.

Can't ever remember an Armourer "machining" a part.
 
The carrying handle on the L4 had an AA position where it locked under the body. If it failed to lock the repair was to put weld on the body and file to profile.

If the top cover on the 30 Browning didn't latch tight again a weld and fit was the repair.

Same repair for 1" and 1.5" signal pistols and 1.5" riot guns.

Lose cross piece/pommel on bayonets were again weld and file to fit the grips.

If you really want to go back a bit further repairs to the wood on No4, L42 and SLR were done by cutting out, making inserts and hand fitting and shaping, usually on the toe and heel of the butt.

It never used to be spare part replacement!
 
Can you play Warcraft?
 
Being an armourer is much more than just parts fitting.

You'll also be responsible for selling pirate DVDs and some very very niche pornography to the other members of your unit.
That's very much a tri service perspective as well.
 

Army_Rizzle

War Hero
The carrying handle on the L4 had an AA position where it locked under the body. If it failed to lock the repair was to put weld on the body and file to profile.

If the top cover on the 30 Browning didn't latch tight again a weld and fit was the repair.

Same repair for 1" and 1.5" signal pistols and 1.5" riot guns.

Lose cross piece/pommel on bayonets were again weld and file to fit the grips.

If you really want to go back a bit further repairs to the wood on No4, L42 and SLR were done by cutting out, making inserts and hand fitting and shaping, usually on the toe and heel of the butt.

It never used to be spare part replacement!

Not really relevant to today's aspiring Armourer.
 

pan bash

Clanker
The only weapons systems ( talking 1990s onwards here) or parts of, that required fettling were 81 mm mortar bipod, GPMG SF tripod, and the weapon that can reduce grown Armourers to tears, Rarden cannon. Though how much longer Rarden is in service for God only knows. It was due out of service in the early 90's but some sod dreamt up a Mid Life Improvement for it.
But remember, bang sticks will only be a part of your work. Your main responsibilities will be;
Odds and Sods
Bits and Bobs
Bicycles
Tricycles
and Tilley Lamps

Edited three times for fat finger syndrome
 
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The carrying handle on the L4 had an AA position where it locked under the body. If it failed to lock the repair was to put weld on the body and file to profile.

If the top cover on the 30 Browning didn't latch tight again a weld and fit was the repair.

Same repair for 1" and 1.5" signal pistols and 1.5" riot guns.

Lose cross piece/pommel on bayonets were again weld and file to fit the grips.

If you really want to go back a bit further repairs to the wood on No4, L42 and SLR were done by cutting out, making inserts and hand fitting and shaping, usually on the toe and heel of the butt.

It never used to be spare part replacement!
You forgot about brazing the gladius and polishing the pilum :grin:
 

greyfergie

MIA
Book Reviewer
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Getting that swing arm shaved down is a bastard, takes all day!
 
You could add polishing silver cap badges, making crib boards, altering Sam Brownes to clip on instead of a buckle, taking links out of chin straps or even repairing private guns.

Sorting out the swing arm above is easy, try bedding a No4 stock from scratch,

As I went to Hadrians Camp anything Legion related is a piece of cake. I draw the line at sweaty leather sandals though.

Warcraft was what you did, not played and a computer game was how quick you could add up on an abacus.
 

BlinkML

Clanker
and the weapon that can reduce grown Armourers to tears, Rarden cannon.

Bollocks, and there was me liking the idea of armoury so I could do some CVRT stuff and maybe get out on exercises, not languish in the deepest darkest parts of wherever I might be posted.
 
I remember our unit armourer *refurbing and deactivating weapons* 'acquired' overseas during ops in the 70's (for a fee!), so that some of us had nice things to hang over the fireplace back home...

*..Allegedly..

(Overseas did not include NI before anyone raises eyebrows!)
 
work on your masturbation. Masturbation is key for armourers

I think it's still a spec qual. Certainly it was mentioned on every meeting I had with my ASM
 

BlinkML

Clanker
Masturbation is key for armourers
There was a seperate test at ADSC for those going for REME trades, we had to w*nk off the PTI to completion within 2.5 minutes. 30% of your selection grade or something.

Now that I think about it, whats the number for op yewtree again?
 
There was a seperate test at ADSC for those going for REME trades, we had to w*nk off the PTI to completion within 2.5 minutes. 30% of your selection grade or something.

Now that I think about it, whats the number for op yewtree again?

That's just how ADSC is.

The old days of the ACIO's were much more masturbation-focused, as was basic training at Arborfield. We didn't have milling; instead, we got given a gumsheild, sized off with an oppo who was about the same length & girth as you, then given a minute to bring him to completion
 

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