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#1 Kyt

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:19 PM

<small>A copy of a poem written during World War Two and published in "The Maple Leaf Scrapbook", a souvenir book printed in Belgium at cost price to forces overseas by No. 3 Cdn. P.R. Group in 1945.


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<small>Ode to a Sten Gun
By Gunner. S.N. Teed
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You wicked piece of vicious tin!
Call you a gun? Don't make me grin.
You're just a bloated piece of pipe.
You couldn't hit a hunk of tripe.
But when you're with me in the night,
I'll tell you pal, you're just alright!

Each day I wipe you free of dirt.
Your dratted corners tear my shirt.
I cuss at you and call you names,
You're much more trouble than my dames.
But boy, do I love to hear you yammer
When you 're spitting lead in a business manner.

You conceited pile of salvage junk.
I think this prowess talk is bunk.
Yet if I want a wall of lead
Thrown at some Jerry's head
It is to you I raise my hat;
You're a damn good pal...
You silly gat!


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http://www.canuck.fr...ng.net/sten.htm





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#2 Owen

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:30 PM

Never knew they called em "gats" in WW2.
We called our SLRs that after Vince, the ex-DERR bloke joined. All his lot called their SLRs "gats" too.
Some old Army slang.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:33 PM

Never knew they called em "gats" in WW2.
We called our SLRs that after Vince, the ex-DERR bloke joined. All his lot called their SLRs "gats" too.
Some old Army slang.


It comes from gattling gun so it's 100+ years old.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:34 PM

I always thought it refered to this.
Gat Gun - Air Guns
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:45 PM

I used to have one of those - now have a

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#6 jacobtowne

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 09:41 PM

In the U.S., gat for many years meant revolver or gun. Then it became slang for any pistol.

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#7 PeterG

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:12 PM

It comes from gattling gun so it's 100+ years old.

Kyt is right

By 1880 gatlin was slang for any type of gun, from the Gatling gun named after Richard J. Gatling, the inventor. Then in 1904 the term was further shortened to gat meaning a pistol. Then the term gat was used during the prohibition era by Mafia hit-men to denote any gun, but specifically the Thompson submachine gun, the Tommy Gun.

See Online Etymology Dictionary

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