Discussion in 'Warwickshire' started by Bonzo Dog, Mar 20, 2016.
Is that ad from the time you was there BD
You cheeky wotsit. It was a couple of weeks before I joined.
While I was in the army I was a member of the REME small bore (point 22) rifle team, we competed against the civilian teams. I bought myself a BSA International Match Rifle to compete with, the army's .22 were OK but I felt not quite as accurate as they should be. The rifle I bought was a beauty, very very accurate and I got good scores with it, too heavy to stand up and fire at targets unless one was extremely muscular. It was a Martini loading and ejection action and ejected the cartridge case quite strongly up and to the right, many a rival competitor in the prone position to my right would mutter a curse as a hot brass cartridge case from my rifle landed on their exposed flesh. Happy memories.
Always had you down as a man of impeccable taste. Nice to know I'm right.
That was so mean......keep up the good work
I also remember BSA as being "special" Findem and I have to confess Martini sounds very familiar. I must ask Bill "why". I have long been a lover of firearms and one thing I really miss now that Australia has such tough gun laws (which I don't oppose, I have to say) is being able to easily own them. We haven't, in Australia, had pistols (or jungle carbines, or WWII .303's or even .22s) since the early 80s. Would you believe I can now smell gun oil just from talking about them? Dems woz de days.
Since moving to Australia I've had two .22s and a .223(?) never shot a living creature though, I don't have any guns at all now. I sold the last remaining gun, the .223, around 1998, I didn't want to join gun club nor had anywhere I could go to shoot tin cans, dead branches or whatever, seemed pointless to have the gun just locked up in a cupboard and never used.
As an Armourer in the REME I got to shoot a range of weapons, .22s, .303 rifles, .303 Bren guns (LMG), .38 Webley revolvers and .303 Vicker's machine guns. Two of my ambitions were never fulfilled, fire a .50 Browning machine gun and throw a live hand grenade, still I suppose we can't have everything. Would love to experience firing some of the modern day military hardware, dream on.
The Brits changed to the more modern FN rifle but I never had any to service, I do know they had arrived in Gibraltar because the Seaforth Highlanders Regt sent in 6 bayonets for attention, those bayonets had the appearance of Bowie knives, not like those we had.
I am most definitely in favour of our gun laws and of course those in the UK, other countries need to take them on.
Bonzo and Chimp thank you for recognising the finer points of my character.
Takes one to know one! That's Chimp sorted, as for me.
The marriage certificate has just arrived. The bride's name is Elizabeth and the groom's father is Richard Taylor, Gunmaker. And his home address is correct.
Got him, great whoops of delight!!
Yay. Well done.
Good one BD!
When funds allow, it will be the 1903 death registration found by Wendy. Have found the family in 1911 by searching on one of the 2 children in the 1901 census, and Elizabeth is a widow. Have also realised I met their daughter, mom's unmarried "Cousin Florrie", on a number of occasions. No sign of her in 1939 (again) but have found her 2 brothers.
well done! it makes you feel good.
I had that happen with the elder cousin, finding out where they fit. It's a lovely feeling to be able to place them in the family tree. Well done!
just a quick query.......what happened about Rose?
I did some searching, without any success, while I was waiting for the marriage certificate to arrive, but as soon as it was obvious she was not connected with my tree, well she was forgotten.
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