Rusty miniguns

#1
OK, this is a question that was raised on another forum I frequent. Someone noted that a picture of a minigun on one of HMs finest grey war canoes appeared to show rust on the minigun barrels. A couple of people thought it was just because of "reflected sunlight" (though some now are disputing this). However, another picture from an RAF Chinook also appears to show rust on the barrels. As someone who know very little about weapon maintenance etc is this just bad drills, or an unfortunate side effect of being constantly in a maritime/airborne environment?

The RN picture...



...and from the RAF.

 
#2
I think the main difference for me is one looks that its been fired some, the other hasn't!

[I'll leave you to work out which is which...]
 

ugly

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#4
No daily cleaning regime in place then?
 
#5
Why is the sailor carrying an SA80 while crewing a minigun on board a ship? Just what is he expecting to happen?
 
#6
:? :? The heat from firing damages to rust proofing?along with air oxygen so should be a good temp cleaning agent/rustproofing restorer available? :? :?
 
#7
bad drills all round really.
 

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flamingo said:
Why is the sailor carrying an SA80 while crewing a minigun on board a ship? Just what is he expecting to happen?
Not being a Force Protection specialist, my guess is to give a range of options. You don't want to go blatting away with the minigun if a warning shot from the SA80 will suffice to move a wayward vessel away.

ugly said:
No daily cleaning regime in place then?
Maybe a lack of miniguns which means they have to be on the upper deck all the time (ie no ability to rotate them and therefore clean them properly?). Just speculation.
 
#9
POGscribbler said:
bad drills all round really.
That's the problem in the RN - you get issued CS95 but never get shown how to wear it/use it properly. My spec is wearing it more and more often so someone has finally realised it maybe about time to teach us how to wear the bloody stuff properly and not look like complete knobs when we pitch up in front of the Army.
 
#10
flamingo said:
Why is the sailor carrying an SA80 while crewing a minigun on board a ship? Just what is he expecting to happen?
How are you supposed to "butt stroke" a would be assailant with the minigun? ;)
 

ugly

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#11
How do you butt stroke them with the tupperware gun?
 
#12
flamingo said:
Why is the sailor carrying an SA80 while crewing a minigun on board a ship? Just what is he expecting to happen?
Hello,

you can't be too careful,some people will go to any length to get their hands on a sailor's iPod.

tangosix.
 
#13
How are you supposed to "butt stroke" a would be assailant
I thought the Navy were trained to butt stroke anyone let alone an assailant (though assailant is usually willing and dressed in leather,in the Navys case)
 
#14
tangosix said:
flamingo said:
Why is the sailor carrying an SA80 while crewing a minigun on board a ship? Just what is he expecting to happen?
Hello,

you can't be too careful,some people will go to any length to get their hands on a sailor's iPod.

tangosix.
Miaow............... saucer of milk at Table Tango!!!! :wink:
 
#17
Good to see he has fastened his helmet to his head too. Perhaps he is simply too fat for the strap to fit...
 
#18
I like the bespoke 'handyman' belt rig he's got going on. You never know when you might need to do some re-wiring on deck...

Plus the shoulder flash really impresses me. Needing a large white patch with the word 'SEA' on it to remind yourself of the medium on which you're meant to operate.....classic! Perhaps we should all get big green shoulder patches that say 'DIRT' on them...... :D
 
#19
DocSTAB said:
I like the bespoke 'handyman' belt rig he's got going on. You never know when you might need to do some re-wiring on deck...

Plus the shoulder flash really impresses me. Needing a large white patch with the word 'SEA' on it to remind yourself of the medium on which you're meant to operate.....classic! Perhaps we should all get big green shoulder patches that say 'DIRT' on them...... :D
Just means he's part of the Seamanship specialisation. Traditionally they have always worn the leather tool holder etc., part of issue kit. Does look a bit strange with everything else on though I admit.
 
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