Wednesday, 20 January 2010

A message to the troops

The 'Mail' has picked up a story on the new 7.62 bore sharpshooter rifles to be issued to the army to augment their 5.56mm SA80s, of limited use when engaged with 7.62 AK47s at distance. Not that we've favoured a US weapon over the European Heckler & Koch, not at the slow roll-out, nor that some sticky-fingered civil servant has taken a Hamilton. No. It appears that the US maker of the optical sights has been including biblical references in the serial numbers; JN8:12 is quoted.

Sailors of course have been doing this for years, to send witty messages with an economy of morse or signal flags, so this is nothing new. Perhaps the CGS may consider Joel 2:25 "And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."

But then given Gen Richards' chances of winning the defence review battle for more troops against the hi-tec toys of his blue counterparts, perhaps the Labour locusts and cankerworms will win after all.


Pic courtesy of MOD

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

On matters of Defence, I refer you to Hebrews 13:8.
Pretty much sums up how politicians run our services. :(
To one of the Junior Services, from the Senior.
TTFN :)

Malcolm Stevas said...

You seem to imply that the AK47 7.62mm round defeats the NATO 5.56mm round at long range; this is not so. The Russian 7.62 is a short assault-rifle cartridge, great for CQB but especially in the AK is hopelessly inaccurate at more than 100-200 yards and not especially powerful. In a good rifle - and the SA80 might have disadvantages but it's a precision piece of kit - the 5.56mm is far better out to several hundred yards. The 7.62mm round of the new sniper rifle is 7.6x52, with considerably better ballistics than the short Russian round...