Who has fired a WW2 era weapon?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Owen, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Back to the 80s with my pic regarding sandbags on tripods.
    Placed on there after stamping tripod feet into ground place sandbag and stamp down on it to firm it in.
    We did have colour film then just my mate wanted to get arty with B&W.

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  2. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Around 1969 or 1970 I did have my very own Luger pistol which, much to the consternation of my neighbours, I used to fire in the street.

    I am not sure that it counts though as it was the cap firing Man from U.N.C.L.E version complete with shoulder holder and plastic silencer.
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I had an 8mm blank firing Luger , I used to drive round in my car shooting at my mate who fired back with his blank firing Browning.
    Empty cases rattling off the bonnet.
    What fun we had.
    Couldn't do that nowadays.
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  4. Topfmine

    Topfmine Member

    Anyone fire anything unusual, i fired a Schermuly line thrower, its a rocket you place in a long barrelled flare pistol which is ignited by a 1" cartridge which projects the rocket out of the barrel about a foot igniting the rocket attached to the line. quite an experience, better than firing any machine gun by far.
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  5. James K

    James K Active Member

    Lee Enfield No4 and Bren Gun in the cadets and later 2" mortar in the infantry. Later Browning 9mm Pistol, in the 80's and 90's some were WW2 vintage. On foreign weapons days on the ranges the M1 Garand, M1911 .45 Pistol and the 7.62mm version of the MG42 (the MG3)
  6. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Only WW2 gun I have fired was a Luger, this was at a gun club in France back in the late 1980's.
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  7. Bruneval

    Bruneval Well-Known Member

    Picture of me from a book taken in Macedonia 2001. I was fortunate to handle many vintage weapons but never got to fire them. Look at the weapon at my feet!


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  8. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    One wonders how and from where all this vintage gear turned up.
  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I'd like to imagine the Sten was found by some farmer during the war, maybe from a resistance parachute drop, and stashed away in a barn. They never throw anything mechanical away. :)
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  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    A lot of WW2 weapons were recycled by Belgian arms dealers who bought them cheap from the victorious Allies and later sold them not quite so cheap to whoever had the cash.
  11. Bruneval

    Bruneval Well-Known Member

    The weapons were brought down, by mules, from the mountains by the UCK as part of a ceasefire agreement in 2001. I seem to recall seeing a few Stens and Lee Enfields; most likely belonging to partisans from the war. However, the travesty is, after several attempts to retain the vintage weapons for the Bn, all weapons handed in were later cut up and melted down!
  12. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    What a waste ! One feels a museum would have homed some of these. :(

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