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SLR related senile dementia?

#1
OK - here it is.

I woke up this morning trying to remember whether the BFA for the SLR was yellow or black, and exactly how it screwed in to the muzzle.

What the fcuk is wrong with me?. Is this how it starts? Is the Emperor Mong playing tricks with me? Will I end up like Tropper? On a dark night? In Carterton?

Anyway, in case this has lit a small candle in anyone else's head, I enclose some pictures. It's yellow, and screwed in.

And relax.......
 

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#6
The BFA was yellow, unscrewed until it came loose, then the barrel restriction plug fed into the flash-hider until the lower half fitted over the bayonet lug and the end part got screwed in place to hold it solid. It was an absurd weight, and unbalanced the Rifle of the Lords something rotten. I can't see the picture of the BFA used by some special forces units of the day; it was a fancy little yellow-painted lightweight jobbie which had the same barrel restriction rod but with a little strip of steel and a wing-nut to hold it in place. I remember trying to think of a way of half-inching one of those, as they were in perfect condition. The legitimate owners tended not to use blank rounds very much.

That will be my medication on the tray, thank you nurse.
 
#7
You're only half senile.

There was the big heavy yellow one where the end screwed in (as in the photo), and the small lightweight one with a butterfly nut on the underside.

The latter were a bit more ally, because if you covered them in black tape, they blended in with the flash supressor and made it look like you were firing live rounds....


Edited to add: (apart from being beaten to the draw) the latter lightweight BFAs IIRC were withdrawn from service because they'd get metal fatigue, snap -and turn into actual live rounds...
 
#9
4(T) - thanks, who got those, and from where? Only saw one once in my service, the armourer couldn't get one for me. He told me the lightweight ones were discontinued as they tended to snap.
 
#12
Those yellow things robbed people of going "Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang" in a full auto kinda way after going "Wokka wokka wokka" during a silent insertion from a 4 tonner helicopter.

They stole all the realisim of warfare....
 
#14
Blank Firing Attachment.

The only thing I never had to clean. One's Armourer said I didn't have to, as officers couldn't be trusted to put them back together correctly. The weight was to ensure that if an officer had disobeyed a legitimate order from one of his corporals, and had not assembled it correctly, then the mass x velocity made sure it couldn't fly towards the "enemy" fast enough to give him more than a bruise in the chest. Seeing as we didn't have anything as unmanly as body armour in those days.
 
#15
Blank Firing Attachment.

The only thing I never had to clean. One's Armourer said I didn't have to, as officers couldn't be trusted to put them back together correctly. The weight was to ensure that if an officer had disobeyed a legitimate order from one of his corporals, and had not assembled it correctly, then the mass x velocity made sure it couldn't fly towards the "enemy" fast enough to give him more than a bruise in the chest. Seeing as we didn't have anything as unmanly as body armour in those days.
Ahem!! Well and truly Wahhed.
 
#18
IIRC the weight of the heavy one was supposed to simulate the rifle handling with a bayonet fitted.

old_nis, as far as I recall, the lightweight ones were the original standard issue, and were originally only being replaced by the heavy ones in infantry units (because of the bayonet theory). My units just had a complete mix, with everyone trying to get a light one because they were marginally more ally for those that cared about that sort of thing (um...guilty. I was young and keen at the time..).

I do recall that all the lightweight ones were all suddenly withdrawn after someone got "shot" with one; the thin bit of metal connecting the spike inside the barrel with the locking nut on the bayonet boss used to get metal fatigue by being flexed every time a blank was fired. When it snapped, the spike became quite a high velocity bullet...
 
#19
Didn't the LMG have a shredder incorporated in the BFA to chew up the wooden plugs in the blank rounds? Or am I confusing something? Did the Bren not use the same 7.62 blanks as everything else?
 

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