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@Cutaway will be more au fait with that end of things. 32Bn was pretty much Portuguese speaking. Porra bloke I was at school with was in 1 Recce and I know 5 had quite a few Rhodies.
 
Lt Col Marcelino de Mata, the most decorated Portugese miltary officer in the Portugese Army's history, succomed to COVID earlier this month. He showed up on my Reddit feed, may be a Black History Month thing, if I saw certain images of him, would have put them in Un-Ally thread as he looked like an over-medallioned member of the Black Panthers.

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According to Wiki, he took part in....2412 operations !
 
Image from the Granby thread, LMG used in 90s. The question i want to derail this thread with is this, that magazine looks straighter than the BREN (303) magazine, I know it's slightly at an angle, but the BREN magazine had quite a curve. Was there a straight LMG magazine available?


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The Bren mag was curved because it had to accommodate rimmed .303 rounds. 7.62mm is rimless so the mag can be straight.
 

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The Bren mag was curved because it had to accommodate rimmed .303 rounds. 7.62mm is rimless so the mag can be straight.

Yeah, what he said.

I had a few cabbies with the LMG before the LSW came in at my old Regiment. It helped in my first SAA lesson with it that I'd had previous with the Bren Gun as a skinny ickle snot-nosed Cadet-type.
 
Yeah, what he said.

I had a few cabbies with the LMG before the LSW came in at my old Regiment. It helped in my first SAA lesson with it that I'd had previous with the Bren Gun as a skinny ickle snot-nosed Cadet-type.

Snap. My 4 Star lesson was given on the barrel changing of the bren.
 
Image from the Granby thread, LMG used in 90s. The question i want to derail this thread with is this, that magazine looks straighter than the BREN (303) magazine, I know it's slightly at an angle, but the BREN magazine had quite a curve. Was there a straight LMG magazine available?


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The Aussies made a straight, thirty round SLR magazine. I dare say it would have fitted the LMG.
 
I found that the combination of an L34 magazine and a Dremmel made a very workable substitute, similarly 10 round magazines for the SMG.
 
The Aussies made a straight, thirty round SLR magazine. I dare say it would have fitted the LMG.
Highly likely.
I spent the summer of 1985 on a team that toured around providing OPFOR to station TACEVALs, bluffing our way into HAS sites, brassing up gatehouses, and generally making life miserable for penguins across the UK. To relieve the boredom, we'd experiment with various weapon 'configurations', including a 7.62 link-carrying performance comparison of various supermarket carrier bags (Sainsbury's won), and using LMG mags on an SLR (designed to gravity-feed therefore weak spring, so didn't reliably feed if more than 22 rds present). Coke tab sear modifications may or may not have been involved.
 
Got to report that I never had/have problems with feeds, keep the 'mags clean and give the springs a regular stretch and don't leave the 'mags loaded for extended periods of time.
 
Blimey, time to get the Dremmel, , Crows Foot stamp, and assorted punches out.

All of a sudden I've got a new project that might earn me a few quid.
 
@Cutaway will be more au fait with that end of things. 32Bn was pretty much Portuguese speaking. Porra bloke I was at school with was in 1 Recce and I know 5 had quite a few Rhodies.

The unit badge/patch for 5 had the Rhodie S. Scouts wing insignia as part of its design.
 
Yup. Doing a course at 1BN we had a load of pissed up ex Scouts in our bungalow, doing their para coure before joining 5. Rolled in around 2am, an hour before we were due to be roused, well oiled and loud and proceeded to find empty beds and scraps of carpet to sleep under. Good eggs. This was around the time Rhodie went wahoonie shaped and most of the docs and sneaky beaky hardware and toys were escorted out of the country and into SA, incl the RLI statue.

Plenty of Rhodies took the opportunity to join the SADF as well.
 
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