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Old October 16, 2017, 19:54   #1
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Falklands War Gun History

Wow...Great pics and info on the guns used in the Falklands by the Argentinians..Use Google Translate to get the text in English. Didn't know that the High Standard A10 and BM59's were used down there:

Original Site
https://www.taringa.net/posts/info/1...-Malvinas.html

Translated Site:
https://translate.google.com/transla...-text=&act=url



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Old October 16, 2017, 20:22   #2
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I recall reading that the majority of the Argentine army troops were conscripts who didn't want to fight anybody let alone the professional British Royal Army and Marines. There was a Ghurka unit there as well.

The British captured a lot of small arms and ammo. Shipped it back to the U.K. as war booty. I wonder what became of all those FAL's?

And so it goes.


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Old October 16, 2017, 21:20   #3
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Those Hi-Standard shotguns are goofy things. Had no idea they ever made an appearance in an international conflict.
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Old October 16, 2017, 21:27   #4
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I recall reading that the majority of the Argentine army troops were conscripts who didn't want to fight anybody let alone the professional British Royal Army and Marines. There was a Ghurka unit there as well.

The British captured a lot of small arms and ammo. Shipped it back to the U.K. as war booty. I wonder what became of all those FAL's?

And so it goes.


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Nope. The vast majority was sea dumped off the islands and never made it back to the UK. They were held in storage in the Falklands while decisions were made on whether to incorporate the Para FAL's into UK service or not. Ultimately, the decision was reached that the idea was more trouble than it was worth and order was given to dump them. A buddy of mine was one of the largest importers of military firearms in the UK and begged to buy them but was turned down by the Ministry of Defence. Taking full autos and converting them to semi then selling them to civilians was perfectly legal back then in the UK. Oh how things have changed...

There were plenty of trophies brought back for official collections but not many by regular soldiers as the penalties for illegal possession of weapons in the UK are harsh. More than a few blokes had Argy pistols and Para's but the rumor was spread that the Royal Military Police were going to 100% search every kit bag etc. Lots of guns got dumped just before the ships hit port, only to find the rumor wasn't true and no searches took place...

FYI, it's the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Royal Marines but it's just the British Army; no Royal required...
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Got a buddy whom many years ago befriended a retired USAF officer. He got from him a first pattern DEAC argie para. The retired guy got it from a former brit officer. It was a falklands trophy. Retired airforce guy said he just shoved it in his golfbag on the way home.... ah those were the days.
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I was also suprised to see their copy of the M3 Grease gun, The PAM-2, used as well as Uzi's



Shame about those weapons being dumped in the ocean:

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Outstanding!

Oddities aside, the Ches didn't lose for lack of excellent weapons.
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Oh what I'd give for that cake decorator.

What happened in Britain is exactly why we must all remain 100% hard assed when it comes to pols trying top tighten the noose even one little bit for "safety and security".
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I heard some of the Argie FAL's were demilled and repurposed as drill rifles for troops in training in the UK. I've also heard the SAS had some in inventory during the 1980's as well.
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The main one that I snickered at were the semi auto High Standard 10 Bullpup 12 gauge riot guns, both A & B series

Pretty much ignored, these were the first factory Bullpups offered anywhere.
at roughly 26"s overall you could sling one under the armpit and easily conceal under a longer jacket or coat.

Heard rumors there were small contracts to Asia, the ME & South America as well as Africa. For the 1960s they were damned unique
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I heard some of the Argie FAL's were demilled and repurposed as drill rifles for troops in training in the UK. I've also heard the SAS had some in inventory during the 1980's as well.
The hooligans in Hereford can have anything they want and I don't doubt that a few Argy rifles made into their service. As to drill rifles? I never personally saw any but many of the original FN trials rifles were used for Para and SAS training after being heavily bastardized...
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The hooligans in Hereford can have anything they want and I don't doubt that a few Argy rifles made into their service. As to drill rifles? I never personally saw any but many of the original FN trials rifles were used for Para and SAS training after being heavily bastardized...
I seem to remember an sas training documentary and the candidates were drilling with argy bring backs....
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what a waste.....

But good old Bill Clinton did something just as bad to all of those "evil M14s"...politicians suck.
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what a waste.....

But good old Bill Clinton did something just as bad to all of those "evil M14s"...politicians suck.
The ones still serving in the Baltic nations?
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and the ones that went to the shredder....
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i met a royal marine color sergeant falkland vet & he said the slr was "lost" & replaced with the fn fal para whenever convenient.
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I seem to remember an sas training documentary and the candidates were drilling with argy bring backs....
The SAS trained with the remains of the X8's (E1,E2's) that had been chopped and made into the L38 DP.
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