Whats the oldest bit of kit still in use in the Army?

#1
We've all heard the whinges: " This widget's been around since Pontius was a pilot", "Grandad told me about this" etc. What is the oldest bit of kit still on issue? My own bet is the Browning 9mm, basically the same shooter that did WW2. How about Binos No 2 Mark 3, as seen in all good war movies with Richard Todd in, followed closely by the Compass Prismatic? (Ice Cold In Alex) Slightly more up to date, I remember a Series 2 Landrover Amby going to Bosnia in 96 (No, not as a gate guardian for Split!), and I went to TELIC 1 with something that was a cross between Monty's caravan and a sand anchor, a 2 Ton Binner. Can anyone top that? Before anyone pipes up from behind the fug of pipe and cigar smoke in the RA Officers Mess, no, elderly watchkeepers don't count.
 
#3
Old gits don't count.
 

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#4
How about the Pointer, Staff, as used in Target Indication lessons?

Or the Prismatic Compass? They are still the same design as pre-war, and there are probably a few pre-war ones still in service.

9mm HP came in during the war as well, wonder what the oldest of those still around is?
 
#6
The anvils used in the Blacksmith's Shop at the Royal School of Military Engineering are absolutely ancient, some of them dating back to the early part of last century. Not exactly kit that the vast majority of the army would ever come across, but strangely heart-warming to see them still in use nonetheless.
 
#7
I'm sure we've had this question before. The 1906 pattern mess tin is the oldest bit of kit. Although it was tin coated steel in those days and gave you metal poisoning. Wisely changed to aluminium in 1945. I still have one of these in my collection and it is a little thicker and more durable than the current issue version.
 
#9
mussolini93 said:
I'm sure we've had this question before. The 1906 pattern mess tin is the oldest bit of kit. Although it was tin coated steel in those days and gave you metal poisoning. Wisely changed to aluminium in 1945. I still have one of these in my collection and it is a little thicker and more durable than the current issue version.
....."in my collection"........... I'm feeling a little afraid here, people.........
 
#10
The D10 cable winding machine .
 
#11
Part Time Pongo's Long Johns.
 
#12
How about the Kukri? Johnny Treefrog's been using them since forever.
 
#15
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#16
Re the D10 winding machine, is this actually a re-badged D7 winding machine? (Or is it the other way round, it's been so long that I can't remember).
 
#17
The ceremonial 13 pdrs used by King's Tp RHA are of WW1 vintage IIRC.

The FAME setup used by artillery Safety Acks is also WW2 ish. The saluting 25 pdrs will be WW2 as well. They were used by TA OP Btys well into the 90's and in fact I remember one that had it's 50th birthday whilst still used for live firing. We stood well back from it, and didn't fire SUPER . . . .

UIMM, the 5.5" gun is still in use at the RSA (although it's been a couple of years since I was there), which is also likely to be WW2, after they found a Cold War ammo dump back in the early 90's with a gazillion 5.5" shells in it, somewhere near the IGB.
 
#19
the mad slighlty dangerous water heater thing
 

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