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    03-29-2017, 05:26 PM
    On this side of the pond, I would second the recommendation for Loakes (just had a 26 year old pair re-soled/heeled for, I think, the third time);...
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    03-27-2017, 04:13 PM
    I had a 2-stroke Tohatsu 4HP for 10 years; ran it hard in mainly salt water. It was excellent. If you look after it, service it properly, flush it...
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    03-27-2017, 02:36 AM
    I have used varnish on cotton canvas with great success. Cheap 'Yacht Varnish' from a discount store (not sure if that term translates across the...
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    03-04-2017, 05:09 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread Coolest car of the day in The Bilge
    Rover 3.5 on a Land Rover Defender chassis. Has it still got the V8 or a bag of nails diesel ? But I like it !
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    03-04-2017, 05:05 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Don't get me wrong, the SA80 (at least in the A2 H&K re-engineered variant now in service) is an outstanding weapon. As you say, it's much more...
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    03-04-2017, 05:02 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Agreed - allegedly/probably the origin of the two-fingered salute still common in Britain today !
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    03-04-2017, 05:00 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    And to us Brits as well ! I still miss mine.
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    03-04-2017, 04:50 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Technically - and to be very pedantic - it is the warhead of the bullet that is the weapon (ie: it actually does the damage). The...
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    03-04-2017, 04:35 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    It's not the pure kinetic energy, rather the ratio between the cross-sectional area of the warhead and the KE. In the UK military, we call that ratio...
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    03-04-2017, 04:19 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    So far as I'm aware, the Desert Eagle (in whatever calibre) was never in contention for British procurement. Looking at the openly available info:...
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    03-03-2017, 08:16 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    I've watched a lot of those gelatin block films over the years ! Exciting, aren't they ?
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    03-03-2017, 08:14 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Hard to tell - it's one of those things that sprang up in various places at about the same time in the 19th Century. The British Indian Army Arsenal...
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    03-03-2017, 07:58 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Thank you; it's an interesting topic. I think you are right about the Secret Service; they are serious people with a vital task, so they wouldn't...
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    03-03-2017, 07:47 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    With a FMJ warhead, there is usually minimal lead in the filler and a lot of harder core. The SS109 5.56mm, for instance has a steel core. This...
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    03-03-2017, 07:21 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    That's your privilege, Sir. As well as being a 37 year recently retired Infantry officer who has used pistols on operations, I taught this stuff...
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    03-03-2017, 06:18 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    It's not about long range accuracy. General purpose military sidearms are for use at ranges of 25 metres or less. It's about the ability to...
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    03-03-2017, 06:12 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    Look at the 'Performance' paragraph here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.45_ACP . The .45 ACP round is good against the unprotected torso but,...
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    03-03-2017, 04:21 PM
    Whameller replied to a thread the army's new sidearm in The Bilge
    In the British Army, we used Browning 9mms (you know them as the High Power) for years as the general purpose side arm/personal protection weapon. As...
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    03-03-2017, 03:48 PM
    We had to make one as a First Year piece in boat building college, before making an oar (just the one !). Dimensions were pretty similar to RLT's. ...
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