..........I have spent the last few days being bored out of my tiny mind. I decided it was time to break out the Brasso and shine up the artillery shell casings and other brass "soveniers" on the mantle piece. All went well, and only took an hour (as theres not a lot on there). But, then I had the stupid idea of unpacking my tin of 200 gimpy rounds, all still linked, and all got new pointy bits on the top. "How long could this take me?" "Not that long....a day maybe?" Yeah...right. 3 bloody days it took me. I unlinked em all, and set to. One at a time, I polished up the casings and the bullet tips. 10 at a time. Then re-linked them back up again, the belt gradually getting longer, until all were done. Like I said - 3 bloody days. Why am I moaning? Well, I dropped my coffee cup TWICE afterwards, as I could not feel the ends of my fingers. Trying to hold down a round with one hand and polish it with t'other. Polish on....wait....polish off. As we're well used to polishing stuff, I thought it'd be a doddle. But at least I now have 200 rounds of shiny brass as though they just came out of Radway. That is, until 6 months until they all dull down again, and I have to go through the whole bloody thing again. And it is here that I ask.....why hasn't anyone invented the staybright ammunition casing? It'd save me a lot of work, and would also have prevented a shed load of swearing and 2 large coffee stains on me carpet due to whitefinger. Has anyone got any ideas as to how I can keep the whole thing shiny WITHOUT having to polish each one by hand? I don't want to go to Halfords for spray laquer either. As when that flakes off brass, it looks hellish. (I've just wrapped the whole belt in greasproof paper, and then put them back in the ammo tin. I also put 3 sachets of Silica Gel on top, to sook up any excess mopisture that may get at them). Sorry it was a long winded post - and I would have put it in the irrelivant section (the arrse hole) but they denied me access, saying I ain't got the priviliges yet. Stuff em....what do they know? I'm an ex reg, served well, and they say I don't have a privilige? knickers.