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The Brits have LOST IT!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cls12vg30, Sep 30, 2004.

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  1. cls12vg30

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    I found this hard to believe. How can a nation be so afraid of firearms? Has every British male been castrated?

     
  2. sendec

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    Who wants to bet that one of these guys leaked the story, knowing full well that after this "security breach" they'd have to be given ammo, now that everyone knows the big secret.

    Sly, very sly.....;)
     
  3. fistful

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    Reminds me of the rules of engagement in Bosnia, according to which I was sitting in a HMMWV behind a .50 cal, fair game for any bloke who could shoot me before I could put the belt on the feed tray, close the lid (nomenclature?) and charge the weapon. At least they could have given me more practice in that procedure than the ONE live fire session I got at Fort Hood.:confused: Seems the besmirching of some officer's career by a ND in his unit is worse than a lowly gunner getting taken out of the action before the fight even starts.
     
  4. SMLE

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    I have spoken to a former Guardsman. He told me that any time you see a Guardsman with a weapon it has ammo in it. The Household Division is an elite unit within the British Army. I would guess that this "story" is some kind of red herring. I sure as heck am not planning of trying to force my way past any of those chaps.

    Perhaps one of our members in GB can fill us in.
     
  5. Lone Star

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    I can't name any names, but a friend of mine who had official contact with a protective officer for the Royal Family said that when Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips were shot at and their bodyguard killed (he may have been just wounded; I can't recall) some years ago, Anne, not liking guns, had ordered him to lock his PPK in the boot (trunk) of the car. Thus, he couldn't return fire.

    Officially, the press was told that his gun had jammed.

    The man who talked with my friend was carrying a S&W M36, with ordinary roundnosed bullets. Not the best protection!

    I really think the only thing that's stopped the IRA from killing Royals is the concern about public indignation hurting their cause. The Al-Queda crowd may not be so restrained.

    As for the officer who wants "bullets" for his men, he should be more ambitious. He should ask for complete cartridges! It's a damned shame that a military officer doesn't know the difference. Maybe the reporter just misquoted him, as reporters usually don't know the difference.

    Lone Star
     
  6. FRIENDLY

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    unarmed troops

    Americans shouldnt laugh at this situation - in Lebanon at the Marine barracks the sentries were NOT carrying ready to fire weaponry and over 200 Marines DIED because of that stupidity.If you are on guard duty in a bad situation you MUST be ready to use your weapon not ask the bad guys to wait just a moment while you load and chamber a round
     
  7. R.H. Lee

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    "Ceremonial troops"? Aren't they just standing there like targets anyway?
     
  8. RobW

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    Didn't the "guards" on board the Cole have no ammo in their weapons due to an order of the "Commander in Chief" Bill Clinton???

    Don't know if it's true. But I go with Dan Rather: "Yes, the documents are faked, but the contents are true!" :evil:
     
  9. CZ-100

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    Well if one of them do take a bullet, oh well.. :D
     
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    The incident with the Marine Barracks was a mix of commanders covering their rear's and blissninny State Department folks. There are a number of blissninny State Department folks don't like any "peasants" having guns, and write up Rules of Engagement that are insane. The exact ROE's are usually classified, for damn good reasons, but there are examples that border on insane when you decode the lawyer talk.

    Some careerist officers, of any Service, don't want ND's on their records. Understandable, but when careerism endangers lives...

    Look up pictures of soldiers guarding airports, nuclear power plants, etc. Look at the magazine well of their M4's and M16A2's.
     
  12. Standing Wolf

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    England is the country that lost the American revolution.
     
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    Indeed. It seems ironic that our troops who serve a great purpose in the world are given pretty crap guns without ammo, but the ARU teams that guard the Royal Family (who serve no purpose) are armed with some of the best weapons we can get a hold of.

    Hang on, did I say ironic? I meant moronic.
     
  14. P95Carry

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    Paradox? Anachronism? heck - not sure what best describes this ... other than assinine and delinquent!!

    ''Guns for show''? Total and utter joke. I wonder if last time I was in London Heathrow, the cops with MP5's actually had any ammo.

    A firearm carried by an LE or any ''protector'' is about as useful as a blunt instrument without ''bullets'' .... and, I wonder if those guys carry cell phones ... so over there they can dial 999 and ''ask for assistance'' . Well, at least make sure the coroner turns up later to collect the bodies!:rolleyes: :(
     
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    Well the dudes guarding my local airport (Waco, TX) at the time I was there and NG troops were there, had 30 in the mag IN the gun, and 3 more 30s in the pouch. The fact I was on a friendly terms with the CO, CSM and XO of the unit meant when I asked (being media) I didn't get blown off.
     
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    g36-uk,i need a good haggas recipe.
     
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    Haggis Simmon ....... :neener:

    You ought to go visit there, when they pick the fully ripe haggis off the trees! :D
     
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    are the haggas fields next to the spagetti trees.here we have haggas pups,kind of a hot dog type,not very good,i grew up eating the haggas my grandmother made fresh,really fresh.sometimes things that would normaly make your stomach turn, when it brings back memories of a better time in your life are worth it.besides,all scottish food is based on a dare. 1/2 scottsman and wish i was there.
     
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    At the end of my 2nd tour in Nam 71-72 I was sent to Can Tho to a Radio Research unit , (Army Security Agency , We were never there) When I pulled my first guard duty I was issued a Sealed Ammo can that could only be opened in a ground attack and then only at a officer command. Well being a trouble maker I opened the can. Found 1, 20 round mag loader with all tracers and 100 more loose rounds also all tracers. Next morning I was taken to CO Yes Sir I opened the can and this what I found . SHTF and none flew at me. Even our military has morons in it.
     
  20. 4v50 Gary

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    Perhaps we should march them back to the Royal Armory and issue some Brown Bess instead. At least they'll have one shot.
     
  21. SMLE

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    Brown Bess is a much more effective club than the L85 as well.
     
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    Sounds like most of both sides of the American political system.

    My best friend was a tin bender in Thailand, stationed at "nekked fanny".

    They put him on guard duty one day-typical issue, M16 (not A1), canteen and a night stick. No ammo or pouches. The VC occasionally came up and banged on their wire, and he asked the Sgt of the guard to take back the weapon if he was not going to be issued ammo. Sarge asked why, and my buddy told the SOG it was just going to slow him down as he ran for his life.

    In contrast, I get 6-30 magazines full for guarding a motor pool in ROK, and a 12 gauge shotgun to watch over a deactivated area of Ft Bliss, Tx - not even sure what it was, but it looked like a BCT area.
     
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    The story is probably misinformation, though whether those in public view (ie: those in the boxes) are armed and intended to be the actual guards, is a separate matter (the Horseguards at Horseguards Parade on Whitehall are armed with nothing more than sabres). Dont forget that just across the roadfrom the Palace is a barracks (where the Guard come from during the changing, and outside of which is a small reconnaisance vehicle as a memorial), and there is one two minutes away in Hyde Park as well, which is where the bulk of the actual response would probably be.

    Certainly the police officers that accompany the Royal Family are armed, both the Special Branch protection officers, as well as the uniformed Royalty Protection crowd (who actually drew and threatened to shoot one of the Fathers for Justice people during the recent breach in security).

    As for the IRA not hitting the Royal Family, well they have and would have (but for security measures) - they blew Lord Mountbatten, his wife and some kids up during the 1970's, and there were several ASU on the mainland who would have loved to do it, but probably chose easier targets, like the Horseguards themselves, or Harrods for that matter.
     
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    Blather all you want, cause we are all the experts anyway, but if you think that British security is a joke make a move on the Royals - go ahead, I dare ya.

    We see what they want us to see. The Brits have a long and colorful history of killing bad people that we in the States may not be so aware of. Any bureacracy has its twits, but somehow we manage to survive.

    After you've been patched up from trying to break in to Buckingham, try invading the Vatican - hell, how tough can the security there be, they wear bloomers
     
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    given the fact the brits don't let the common people bear arms. Why should royal guards have ammo?
     
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