I forget the whole story (it was a long time ago). ISTR the M1s and the S&W revolvers were a govt contract which was halted, and the Rugers bought commercially. Of course it could be a myth, like the Macdonalds ‘IRA Donations’, and they just went for newer weapons, but I’m sure I recall reading something about it in an article nearer the time.The companies (rather than the countries) refusing to supply under Kennedy influence I take it? Ruger are also American so not a Government embargo?
I was aware of RUC use of Rugers. It's more about the mystery of how ammunition, presumably used and withdrawn from RUC locations physically moved from NI to Western Sahara and came into use with UN. Maybe RUC disposals were very different from MoD ones.RUC used Rugers for a long time. In fact when I think RUC the first image I see in my minds eye is a damp pissed of looking cop cradling a Ruger at the side of the road looking back in at me through the window of my Dads Morris traveller.
Unrealistically Dry RUC Officer and (not a) Ruger.
The pistol would be a Presentation Grade P08 to use the German nomenclature, but the more interesting item to me is the Iron Cross (class unknown) shown in the pic. If one views it sideways one can read the date 1939 on the base of the Cross, which makes it Second World War issue, but when one looks at its center there is no swastika present.
I've covered many domestic riots and have considered hiding my old BSA Airsporter in my tripod case. There's a handy roof overlooking Whitehall that we use for filming. With all the noise and chaos the violent scrotes wouldn't have a clue where the pellets were coming from. I'd also aim at a few rioters.They should be issued to UK inner city Police for the same purpose.
I came across one of these in a certain establishment in the south of England.Its unique feature was a partition or bulkhead in the middle of the receiver that the rear of the bolt passed through. That separated the cocking handle slot from the bolt and magazine and reduced the openings through which grit could get into the small, critical clearances between the moving parts. That made it a lot more reliable than the other tube-gun SMGs of the WW2 era, allegedly. I've never fired or seen one, so don't quote me.
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