You could be right.. as I say I don't know! There is always a degree of "recycling" going on around the scrap bins in workshops.. As a Loggie, it is something you are aware of but have to tolerate as long as there is nothing too organised or criminal going on.I think it was all "tip of the iceberg" stuff, though. The fact that parts in most cases are untraceable probably prevented this from being a much wider investigation. I reckon quite a few individuals in the Trade were in a cold sweat for much of the time.
Regardless of the cluster around weapon/parts status in museums and military collections, and the SA80 fiasco, its still not really on for someone in a position of trust to use Crown property as a private parts bin for personal gain.
Just because the scrap is firearms oriented and does not involve starred or pressure bearing parts, is there really an issue in reality? Stuff like part worn sights, screws and furniture are just going to go to landfill anyway. I would doubt if there was the same hiatus if it were vehicle bolts or radio knobs... ?
Please do not forget that there were perfectly legal local disposal arrangement available to the units involved for non starred items..! Whether they bothered to keep proper records of this is entirely another question..!