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Old June 22, 2019, 16:51   #1
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Smile Royal Belgian Army Museum fire arms collections, insane PART2

The Museum asked to remove the pics for security reasons.

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Old June 22, 2019, 17:13   #2
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yeah do any of these actually get shot ?

Hell for such a stash for a reserve, do they really have any ammo stores ?

still great pix but it reminds me of family that had China that was stored away and never ever used
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Old June 22, 2019, 17:20   #3
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I theory, all of m work. And, its possible to several units to order some pieces for research and trials....
But most Will just stay there...
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Old June 22, 2019, 22:13   #4
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So that's where all the M3 Grease guns are.......lol
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Old June 22, 2019, 22:38   #5
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where did they get them all?

Wondering where the non-Belgian weapons came from. WWI and WWII battlefield or collected from surrendering from German forces? Some of those look like WWI weapons. And the AK's? Bought on the open market? Belgian Congo finds?

Thanks for posting, good to see large quantities of classic weapons not being burned or run over with heavy equipment.
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Old June 22, 2019, 23:09   #6
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So that's where all the M3 Grease guns are.......lol
Yeah, racked next to the biggest collection of Ingram M6 SMGs probably ever seen
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Old June 23, 2019, 02:58   #7
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As for where did they find all this...

Most UK and USA stuff are battlefield pick up and surplus from the Belgian Army.
in 1944, we had nothing and the war was still going on. So, we received Allied stuff just to keep fighting.

From 45 till Korea, same story, lend lease programs and so on.

The Germans left serious quantities in the Ardennes, Antwerp, and many airfields, Atlantic Wall...
They still receive items weekly.

AK47 and modern stuff. The Belgian Army is in operations on many grounds. There is a program to get battle field pick up in to a training system.
For sure, my unit, 1Bn Para, went home with a C130 full nice goodies from Somalia. Including a ZSU4 aa, a Russian modern Torpedo, many light guns.


Aside that, they got the right to hand pick all confiscated guns from crimes. Before they got destroyed, they may search the pile and retrieve it.

Trading with other museums is an option and buying too..

One minor point, the whole collection can not be maintained. The only have a civilian chief, 1 NCO, 1 worker, 1 volonteer. So, nobody is cleaning all this, unless they use the particular gun for a photoshoot or trial.
And yes, i have already proposed to come over with the Belgian Gun Collectors association to start preservating the collection at no cost. For security reasons, it can't be done...
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Old June 23, 2019, 12:35   #8
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Thanks for sharing this paco. Itís awesome.
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