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Old 14th Jan 2021, 01:28
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Originally Posted by capngrog View Post
All firearms should be considered loaded and all ordnance "live", until proven otherwise.

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As I remember except ................ the hammer/firing pin is allowed to to rotate about 240 degrees, striking the first primer that ignites a short fuse that in turn detonates the main primer...............
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 01:36
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Unearthed shell in Vietnam...courtesy of USS New Jersey




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Old 14th Jan 2021, 11:48
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I played my first game of golf on a municipal course on the edge of Liverpool back in the 1980's. Hacked around digging all kinds of lumps out of the turf. Next day they closed the course, having found several AA rounds just below the surface which dated back to WWII. Taken way by Bomb Disposal and detonated on the shore of the Mersey.

Last game of golf I tried to play - clearly too dangerous.
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 11:48
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There is possibly a larger Shell I would guess stood outside a village just behind Scarborough N.Yorkshire courtesy of the German Grand Fleet in WW1, something of a near hit on Scarborough, well not so near.
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 12:25
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Many years ago as a probationer PC in Trowbridge I was asked to accompany the bomb squad (the most local one then based in Warminster if memory serves me right) to a report of a shell discovered in a local scrap yard. It was about 12 inches long - no idea what sort of thing it was.

I sat in the back of their van (foot patrol was a real thing then) as they went to a nearby part of the Kennet and Avon Canal, dug a small hole in the bank, and safely detonated it. I did have for many years a piece fo shrapnel as a keepsake. My part in the last bit of the exercise was traffic control of a couple of barges on the canal...
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 12:47
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As teenagers we would ride our bikes to fun places, one of these being RAF Seething. In one empty hut we found buckets full of mouldy but live belt ammunition. For some reason we left it in situ, exciting though it was. Looking back now, I suppose here was no immediate or obvious use for it.
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 13:15
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Not quite a bomb,but...When I was about 12,at my first Grammar School,one of the boys in my class manufactured a highly volatile explosive from common household chemicals,which combined,made nitrogen tri-iodide.Unbeknown to anyone else,he had spread this all over the benches in the physics laboratory,and the the slightest touch caused quite a loud bang.The physics teacher,quite naturally went absolutely 'spare' and confiscated the remainder,then he and a chemistry teacher dug a hole in the playing fields and set it off,which made a very impressive bang.Having just googled it,I see there are instructions,and even videos on-line showing just how easily it can be made !

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Old 14th Jan 2021, 14:25
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
Not quite a bomb,but...When I was about 12,at my first Grammar School,one of the boys in my class manufactured a highly volatile explosive from common household chemicals,which combined,made nitrogen tri-iodide.Unbeknown to anyone else,he had spread this all over the benches in the physics laboratory,and the the slightest touch caused quite a loud bang.The physics teacher,quite naturally went absolutely 'spare' and confiscated the remainder,then he and a chemistry teacher dug a hole in the playing fields and set it off,which made a very impressive bang.Having just googled it,I see there are instructions,and even videos on-line showing just how easily it can be made !
My rather elderly father was a chemist and has mentioned making nitrogen tri-iodide and crystallising it in watch glasses (chemist's glass saucers) in his lab when he was doing his Masters not long after the war. Once the solution has crystallised, as you say, it is rather volatile, decomposing to Nitrogen gas (the expansion process) and Iodine residue left on the surface. It is absurdly simple to make...
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 15:28
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At the first lab I worked in we used to play around with nitrogen tri-iodide. When we got bored with the usual games, like putting spots of the stuff (when still wet) under the keys of the teletype, to catch out the lab tech when he came in and booted up the lab minicomputer, someone had the bright idea of using it to kill flies. We just added a bit of glucose to the final wash, and left the precipitate to dry on a filter paper on the windowsill. If the prep had gone well, then the nitrogen tri-iodide would be sensitive enough to be set off by a fly landing on it.
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 17:57
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Originally Posted by tramontana View Post
They are still clearing up the Mustard Gas Shell/Bomb filling Station on Bowes Moor, North Yorkshire the area is still off limits with notices up warning of the Danger.
In these troubled times does anybody remember the notices going up with “Do you want to help cure the common cold” extra pay less Bull an injection with a bit of exercise afterwards, volunteers were drafted to Porton Down!!
I am surprised the Bowes Moor clearance is still going; if memory serves, it was a storage site rather than a Forward Filling Depot. I used to visit the RAF Bomb Disposal team conducting the clearance c1992 and beyond; during that time, up to me moving on in 1995 nothing was recovered.
The real task was clearing the 5 FFDs. I have previously posted regarding the clearance of these sites on Nutloose's thread 'Mustard Gas Found at Woodhall Spa' No points for repetition.
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Old 14th Jan 2021, 21:54
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I once sat in the parking lot of a local restaurant in Phoenix selling some very nice AKs and ARs for cash out of the boot of my old Dodge for the family of a friend who had recently passed away. My reward was 20,000 rounds of assorted 9mm, .45ACP, and some extremely valuable Lake City 7.62NATO match grade sniper ammo that was worth a dollar a round even back then, he even had a stash of nickel plated .30-06 Black Talons which were far too pretty to shoot, oh and one very nice custom Oz knife which I still have. I sold almost all of the ammo and it completely funded a 3 day trip to Vegas including first class flights and a new Remington 870 which cost peanuts by comparison to the insanity of that trip. Happy days indeed.

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Old 14th Jan 2021, 23:39
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In the UK,following the 'Hungerford massacre' in 1987,when Miichael Ryan went berserk with an AK47,auto and semi auto weapons could no longer be legally held,and following the 'Dunblane massacre some years later,the same became true of hand-guns.I believe even the Olympic pistol team has to practice abroad.It doesn't stop gun-crime,but the weapons used now i think,tend to be reworked replicas,and illegally imported guns.
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Old 15th Jan 2021, 06:45
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Semi-Auto not banned in the UK. Nor are hand guns. Certain restrictions but you can still own/fire them. I have both.
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Old 15th Jan 2021, 09:52
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Thanks blue up,I stand corrected.I know that a friend of mine had to surrender his M1 carbine following Hungerford,
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Old 15th Jan 2021, 12:24
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As I sit here in our little Cheshire (UK) second home during our extended COVID “work from home” period I hear the constant *pop* of shotguns during the day - if only someone would invite me to join in !

No shortage of guns around here.
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Old 15th Jan 2021, 20:56
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Originally Posted by blue up View Post
Semi-Auto not banned in the UK. Nor are hand guns. Certain restrictions but you can still own/fire them. I have both.
Realy? My late cousin had to hand in his single shot .22 target pistol. He was not happy.

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Old 15th Jan 2021, 21:21
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Realy? My late cousin had to hand in his single shot .22 target pistol. He was not happy.
I think a prohibited firearms licence can be applied for. I believe it covers handling for historical and technical purposes. (From a google so may be cobblers)
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 10:23
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As indeed I had to hand in my Browning .22 pistol and my Enfield .455 revolver, serial number "3". My revenge was to join the class action for compensation. The Enfield, being declared of historic interest,was valued at a large sum of money paid to me by HM Government. Even the value of the Browning quite surprised me.
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