Quick thinking... A United attendant was turning lines of passengers away
as a Seattle flight was delayed with security checks. An irate, well-dressed man
said he needed to board, he was 1st Class.
The UA attendant directed him back to lounge seating; he
refused saying 'Do you know who I am?'
The quick thinking blonde went to the public address
microphone and announced 'Can any person come to gate 14 who can help us. We
have a gentleman here who doesn't know who he is'.
The flustered 1st class passenger then exploded, 'F**k you!'
to which the attractive attendant replied, 'Sir, you will need to join the line
for that too.'
Heart-warming story of the advances of women in achieving equality
throughout the world...
Barbara Walters of 60 Minutes (USA) did a story on gender roles in Kabul
several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily
walked about ten paces behind their husbands. She returned to Kabul recently and
observed that the men now walked several paces behind their wives.
Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and said. 'This is
marvellous. Can you tell the free world just what enabled women to achieve
this reversal of roles?'
'Land mines', said the woman to the translator.
Overheard at a Tulsa gun show... A table-holder selling a worn old .303
SMLE to a prospective customer... authoritatively informed the guy that 'D.P.', stamped
deep into the stock,
receiver and barrel knox form, indicated Detroit Police issue!
Mk 1 cruciform spike bayonet
A guy has a No.4 Mk I spike for sale, he told me they are very rare due to being
banned by the Geneva Convention and ordered destroyed. He said some were
spared and sent in with paratroopers on D-Day. This sound like a load of
malarkey to me since three more Marks followed the Mk I. Was this true?
You're correct, malarkey about the No.4 cruciform banned. The Mk I cruciform is
scarce, they were carried (along with other Marks) by British forces on D-Day.
The cruciform model is scarce because many less were made. With Singer (only Mk
I maker) production at 75,000 of total 4 million plus British No.4’s plus Long
Branch’s 1 million, that makes a ratio of 1 in 67, at least! So it’s scarce.
Gov’t says No.4 Mk 1/2 is dangerous.
My local gunsmith who knows a lot about Enfields says my No.4 Mk I/2 is
dangerous to shoot. After they were converted, the British government sent out
an order for them not to be fired and then withdrew them all. The barrel muzzle
was stamped BNP for British Nil Protection when it was sold out to the public.
I've heard a similar one to this before... a load of codswallop. I would
not trust your local Enfield expert even to replace wooden bayonet grips safely!
BNP is British Nitro Proof, stamped to indicate its passing proof, a much heavier
cartridge load to test the barrel and breech strength. If your friend can come up with any
British MOD document withdrawing the No.4 rifle conversions due to safety concerns, I will
cheerfully write him a cheque for $1,000.00. The No.4 remains one of the safest
rifles to shoot, even if it is used or poor condition.
.308 & 7.62mm
I picked another Enfield, a 1966 2A1, serial # N4739. Nice shape, except for
the crack in the forestock, just below the tie-plate. I'm concerned about
shooting with it. Another collector cautioned me about using any .308 ammo as he
said the rifle was chambered for 7.62 and there is a difference, moreso if the
rifle has any wear. He recommended using only NATO-spec 7.62 ammo. What do you
I don't understand why so many furfies come out of America where people are
supposed to be more gun savvy... maybe they've been drinking Aussie beer? The
.308 Winchester is interchangeable with the 7.62 NATO round. Maybe your friend
is trying to con you out of your new rifle.
My caveat on this take would of course apply to handloads. Any idiot can stuff
almost anything into a case so this can be dangerous if non-standard or
non-surplus ammo is used.