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  1. Enfield1940

    75mm Armour Piercing Round (inert)

    FYI. The projectile is a postwar French 75mm POT Mle 51 - as fired by the AMX-13 tank. Unfortunately the cartridge case is wrong - the correct one is bigger. There's an illustration of a complete round here: https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/378060-could-a-panther-shoot-amx-13-shells/
  2. Another item to look out for...😏 Are there any contemporary pictures of Mk2 P58 being trialled with the eyeletted version of the belt?
  3. Enfield1940

    1985 Trials PLCE Belt Question

    Interesting. I didn’t realise there were variations of the ammo pouches. I think all the ones that have passed through my hands have had the ‘uncornered’ flaps. Perhaps the ones with corners are a later variation as they are closer to the 1990 issue ones? PS. Since taking the pics above in 2014 I have improved the set with a correct water bottle pouch. That just leaves the respirator haversack and the bergan.
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    1985 Trials PLCE Belt Question

    Four years later... I have finally tracked down an example of the highly elusive right hand utility pouch. If you collect 1985 trials PLCE, you've probably noticed that most of them are left hand ones. After some pondering, I have come up with a theory to explain this: Presumably the standard layout was two magazine pouches at the front and one utility pouch left rear and one water bottle pouch right rear. However, you might have a need to have a more versatile utility pouch at the front (and perhaps fewer magazines), so move the utility pouch to the front and - as it is worn on the left- equip it with left hand yoke attachment loops. Presumably there were rarer occasions where you might need two utility pouches at the front, so you would need one with right hand yoke attachment loops. There was less need for these = fewer were made. Water bottle pouches were never worn at the front, so they don't need yoke attachment loops. Hopefully the above ramblings make some sort of sense... I note the later 1990 PLCE utility pouches also had yoke attachment loops, but they weren't 'handed'.
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    1940 MkII Helmet - Khaki Green No.3 Paint?

    A long overdue update... My final judgement was that the helmet had originally been painted in smooth Khaki Green No.3 - partly inspired by the following 1939 and 1940 dated examples by the same maker: https://hatchfive.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/mkii-steel-helmet/ http://www.warstuff.com/Original-WWII-1940-FL-Mk2-BRITISH-Combat-Helmet-i927.htm Mike Starmer has published a relatively simple homebrew recipe for KG3 = five parts Humbrol 155 Olive Drab Matt to one part Humbrol 10 Service Brown Gloss. I made some up and here is the end result. It's an interesting colour - subtlely different to ordinary olive green. It can look quite brown in low light levels. The tendency for original KG3 to fade towards more of a brown colour has been discussed on here before: Cheers, Mark
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    MoD Document Regarding 75 PLCE, Mk2 P58, etc. Webbing

    Aren't they the same thing? I was under the impression that '1972 Pattern' is a collectorism for the early 70's butyl trials webbing which was referred to as '1975 PLCE' in contemporary documents. It would be interesting to see a copy of the original guide / handbook / descriptive document produced when it was trialled. Ditto Mk2 P58.
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    1957 Dated Trials 1958 Pattern Pack

    Very nice. Trials 1958 Pattern must be one of the rarest webbing sets out there. Does anyone have any other components?
  8. I acquired an identical belt last year. Somewhat of an oddity as why would they be making Mk2 P58 belts in 1995? I discussed it with the chap who does Karkeeweb, but he didn't really know either. I have a feeling they are something to do with the 'WAIST BELT LARGE, 58 PATTERN & / OR WORKING DRESS' introduced at around the same time.
  9. Hi, I'm considering restoring this 1940 dated MkII helmet that has been attacked with silver paint. I've photographed what appears to be the original paint in the interior, which is a yellowish/greenish brown colour. Could anyone confirm or deny my hypothesis that this is faded Khaki Green No.3 paint? I've read elsewhere that this is the sort of colour it goes when the green pigment fades. Thanks, Mark
  10. FYI. The controls on so-called 'defectively deactivated' weapons come into force on 2nd May: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/399/pdfs/uksi_20170399_en.pdf (page 2)
  11. A further update from Steven Kendrick of the DGCA: "So this has now been enacted, section 128 is the bit that deals with deactivated firearms: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2017/3/section/128/enacted If you read through that it's not entirely clear what it means. Subsection 4© effectively makes it an offence to transfer a deac that isn't done to the current spec., and by "current spec." I mean the June 13th, 2016 Home Office spec. This is a different spec. to the April 2016 spec., which is the EU spec. So taken as a whole, what it basically says is, it's illegal to sell or gift a deactivated firearm inside the EU, unless it's done to the current British spec. Which makes no sense, because the British spec. is not the EU spec. They're similar but there are differences. The Home Office have attempted to give me clarification and their clarification is very vague. What they appear to be saying is this: if the UK leaves the EU, then the section becomes meaningless, because then all transfers would be outside the EU and thus the section doesn't apply. If the UK stays in the EU, they're going to try and get the European Commission to adopt the current UK spec. and thus the two specifications will be the same, and then they're going to apply for the earlier 2010 spec. to also be recognised as sufficient so those can be transferred as well. The reason they're being vague in my opinion is because (a) they came up with their spec. prior to the referendum thus this whole thing has gotten muddled as they didn't expect a "leave" vote and (b) they don't want to admit they now have a contingency plan for either event. What is noticeable to me is they appear to have no intention of applying for any spec. prior to 2010 to be recognised as sufficient. But that only matters if the UK stays in the EU. Anyway the key point is that up until the UK leaving the EU, it's illegal to sell or gift any deactivated firearm unless it's done to the current spec. - once the section comes into force and the Home Office tells me that will be in "the next couple of months" (but it's already illegal under European law if the deac. is prior to April 2016). Note they've made it into an indictable offence, so you can get 5 years in prison for violating it, unlike with realistic imitation firearms where the maximum penalty is only 51 weeks".
  12. Unfortunately the UK news is less good than the EU news. Here's a couple of recent newsletters from Steven Kendrick of the DGCA: 27/01/2017: "Barring some minor last minute fiddling, this is going to be the text of the amendments to the Firearms Directive: http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-14974-2016-INIT/en/pdf It's passed out of committee so at this point only amendments on the floor of Parliament can be made and they would have to be minor to get approval from the Council and the Commission. It will become law sometime in April and then it has to be transposed into national legislation within 15 months. From the perspective of collectors of deactivated firearms, these are the practical implications: The acquisition of magazines that are intended for use with a centrefire semi-automatic firearm that hold more than 20 rounds or 10 rounds in the case of a centrefire semi-automatic "long firearm" (more than 60cm in OAL) is prohibited - this means you can keep them but you can't buy them. However if you've got an FAC and you've got authority for a Category B firearm (e.g. handgun, self-loading rifle/shotgun) that authority will be withdrawn if you're found in possession of such a magazine (unless you get authorisation on your FAC for the magazine, which is possible). So in other words, if you're unlicenced and you've got an AK-47, AR-15, etc. magazine you can keep them but you can't buy them unless they've been knackered first, e.g. by permanently pinning the capacity or removing one of the feed lips. Any deac deactivated before April 8th, 2016 is banned from "being placed on the market", which essentially means any form of transfer except possibly by bequest. There is a procedure whereby member states can apply to have older standards recognised as sufficient, best guess is that the Home Office will apply for equivalency for the post-95 standard, however I can't see them doing it for pre-95 deacs. So with the pre-95 deacs, you can keep them, but you can't sell them unless you have them redone to the 2016 standard, or you're able to export it outside of the EU (which includes Norway, Iceland and Switzerland for the purposes of this Directive). Only EU member states and a few other countries can apply for recognition, so if you've got say, a Russian spec deac, that's basically banned from transfer as well unless you get it redone to the new 2016 standard. They have said they will revisit the 2016 standard to make sure it is workable due to "technical issues". On the positive side, once the Directive is implemented, I can't see how they can stop EU/Schengen-wide trade in deacs anymore. So they may be more knackered, but you'll have more choice. At least until Brexit, lol. Worst of all (yes it gets worse), deacs have been put into Category C of the directive, i.e. "subject to declaration". What that will lead to I have no idea, but some sort of registration with the local police at a minimum. So if you're thinking "how will they know if I sell a pre-95 deac to someone", the answer is they will know, because you will be legally required to notify the police". And: 31/01/2017 "I had various responses to the last e-mail I sent out so for the sake of clarification, here is the actual explanatory text from the European Parliament: "In order to strengthen deactivation regimes, the European Commission introduced a new deactivation regulation which came into force in April 2016. This sets a single standard for deactivation of firearms. However, technical implementation issues have arisen and some countries were concerned that the new standard would be less secure than their previous national regimes. Following pressure from Parliament, the European Commission has now re-convened a working group of experts from the EU member states to review the regulation. The Commission has pledged that a revision will be completed by early 2017. "The introduction of the deactivation regulation caused problems for legitimate holders of deactivated firearms such as historical re-enactors and those involved in film making etc, as it prohibits them from selling or transferring across borders any items deactivated prior to April 2016 unless the items are re-deactivated to the new standard, which is not technically possible in many cases. Following pressure from Parliament there will now be a process to assess national standards in use prior to April 2016. If the standards are accepted by the working group and Commission as equivalent, then items deactivated to that previous regime will be able to be bought, sold and transferred without requiring further modification", explained Vicky Ford (ECR, UK). The Commission proposed that all deactivated firearms would become subject to the same registration and authorisation procedures as firearms. This was rejected by the co-legislators. Instead the negotiators agreed that newly deactivated firearms should be categorised in Category C and need to be declared to national authorities but will not require an authorisation or licence. This will not apply to existing deactivated firearms." Okay so that makes it all sound clear, but there are some problems with it. First problem is that the actual text of the amended Directive is vague on the grandfather clause that is mentioned, it says essentially every deactivation done to the new regulation has to be declared to the authorities and then goes on to say member states can apply for their older specifications to be recognised as "equivalent". So if the application is granted, it's not clear on whether they then become retroactively subject to declaration. Second and more important problem is that in the House of Lords, the Home Office have fiddled with the amendments to the Firearms Act in the Policing and Crime Bill - before it said everything had to be done to the new EU spec to be legal to sell, it now says that the British specifications that "apply at the time" are the ones that matter. Part of this is because the current UK spec is not exactly the same as the EU spec, but it's also because the HO guidance on various things to do with deacs has weak legal underpinnings so they want the law changed (also because of Brexit but that's not as big of a reason as the HO is making it out to be). My opinion is that the UK won't bother to seek to have the older specs recognised as equivalent to the EU spec because there's no point - under the Firearms Act as amended you would have to update your deac to the latest specification in order to be able to sell or gift it anyway. And thus it would have to be declared to the authorities. I wouldn't panic too much about this "declaration" bit, they're not talking about licencing, it's likely to be some sort of simple form/letter/e-mail you send into the local police. But unfortunately, anything pre-April 2016 has been effectively rendered worthless unless you update it to the latest spec or export it outside of the EU/Schengen area. Even if the Home Office applies for EU equivalency for pre-95 deacs (unlikely), the amendments to UK law that they have written mean you've got to deactivate it again in order to sell it. And then, theoretically they could move the goalposts again arbitrarily at some point in the future and render the gun worthless again. (And it's too late to rush out to sell off your older deacs now, the EU regulations from last year are already in force). Just be aware of who is screwing you over here, the EU has provided a convoluted way to transfer your older spec deacs, the Home Office however has prevented that. The Policing and Crime Bill is very close to becoming law so it's too late to write to MPs I'm afraid. It might be possible to change it later on (e.g. when the Directive is transposed into domestic law). Look on the bright side - at least they've let you keep the things". The UK legislation can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2017/3/section/128/enacted Which could make for some interesting court cases: for the majority of pre-2016 spec deacts, declaring them to be 'defectively deactivated' would be an error of physical fact.
  13. Came across this and thought it might be of interest: The Demise of the 1975 Pattern Design & Route to the '90 Pattern https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/455093/20150820-FOI06779_Demise_of_1975_Pattern_Design.pdf
  14. Enfield1940

    25pdr cartridge dimensions.

    It isn't tapered and it measures 3.45in / 87.63mm at the neck. (The very earliest cases made in 1937/38 are marked 3.45" rather than 25PR) Case thickness is about 1mm.
  15. Presumably they would now require a Sec 1 or Sec 5 FAC to possess, depending on what they were?