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Spitfire guns firing after 70 years buried in peat

Post by Taskforce 58 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:54 pm

A Spitfire Mk.II that crashed in Ireland 70 years ago was recently excavated. Among the parts recovered were six of the eight 0.303" Browning machine guns, still able to fire after some cleaning up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15652440
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Post by Shutter » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:05 pm

IT'S ALL A HORRIBLE COVER UP!!! THE CLONYCAVAN MAN HAD AN AIRFORCE OF SPITFIRES, AND THE BRITS MANUFACTURED THEM FROM STOLEN HISTORCAL BLUERPRINTS! WHY CAN'T I FIND MY TINFOIL HAT???

But yea, this is awesome. Things really were made to last then.

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Re: Spitfire guns firing after 70 years buried in peat

Post by Gunny » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:20 pm

I was more excited by the recovery of his flight helmet than firing the guns.
But some of those comments where just ridicules.
I mean how does one over glorify the role of Britten in WWII?
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Post by Shutter » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:54 pm

Just hearing that gun go off makes this something special.

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Re: Spitfire guns firing after 70 years buried in peat

Post by Timmayx » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:38 pm

Gunny wrote:I was more excited by the recovery of his flight helmet than firing the guns.
But some of those comments where just ridicules.
I mean how does one over glorify the role of Britten in WWII?
What you have to know Gunny is that British school children aren't properly taught our own history, especially that of our role in WW2. The only times I have done any work on Britains WW2 efforts I was in Year 3 (7-8) and Year 11 (15-16) where we did the Blitz and Dunkirk respectively. The rest of our compulsory education was about Hitler and Stalin. Pretty damn depressing to be honest.

That and you have people who post stuff like this who you know are just some old git who can't stand anyone having fun and, if they had been running the country, would ban any pursuit more dangerous than tiddlywinks while leaving us in the dark ages.
Firing restored guns such as this for fun is wrong. Guns can be dangerous and should only be used to kill people during wars. They are not toys, and I think it is irresponsible to use them in any way other than that for which they are intended.
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