My take on the heavy barrelled version of the SLR, its too heavy for a rifle, and too light for an LMG.
What's wrong with bringing home a souvenir or two? This is what peeves me, during war the powers that be are only too happy to stick a gun in a blokes hand and say, "There you go son, go and get yourself killed." Yet at cease of hostilities the attitude to the same bloke is (if he survives), "YOU WANT A GUN??? Sorry son you can't be trusted."
Many years ago there was a firearms amnesty in UK, people could hand in illegal firearm's without fear of prosecution. There was the usual collection of old Lee Enfield's, PO8's including a BREN! . A little old lady phoned the local cop shop and asked if they could collect a "big gun." When she was asked to bring it in she told them she couldn't lift it. Plod went around to her house in a Panda car, went into the front room and saw a pristine Vickers, complete with water can and belt in the gun ready to go. By now plod is panicking, lots of radio calls to and fro and finally an Army unit was contacted and asked "Could they unload the gun?" Apparently a civi cleaner working in the office overheard the conversation and told them he was a Vickers gunner during WW2. The bloke was bundled into a Land Rover and taken to the house where he successfully unloaded the gun and took it off the tripod.
When asked where the gun came from she said her husband was given it during WW2 as he was a Home Guard Officer, when the war was over he tried to give it back, but as there was no paperwork no one wanted to take irresponsibility for it. So the old boy spent his days cleaning and polishing it.
I heard/read the gun was one of the best examples found finally ending up in a museum.
I wouldn't mind finding a Vickers in my front room
Adversus solem ne loquitor
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