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by 450 Martini
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 5002

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

These suggestions come from the National Police Chiefs' Council which replaced ACPO, I was never keen on ACPO as it was a private limited company and having a private company issue policy on how the rule of law is enforced has no place in a democratic society. Law Commission is an independent body s...
by 450 Martini
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 5002

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

Far from relaxing the law the Police seem intent on tightening the law with their latest proposals to the Law commission which were revealed through a freedom of information request, they include: Banning old spec deacts Putting everything currently possessed an SGC on to section 1 Central Certifica...
by 450 Martini
Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for a group in/near Stafford/Cannock Area
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Looking for a group in/near Stafford/Cannock Area

If you are interested in 20th century stuff, my WW1 group (the Birmingham Pals) are based a few minutes up the road at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, this is quite useful as they have a attached replica trench system. http://www.birminghampals.com/ I believe the WW2 group the British Airborne Re...
by 450 Martini
Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 German Groups in the UK
Replies: 3
Views: 1396

Re: WW1 German Groups in the UK

I thought they'd disbanded, Far from it, in fact recruitment for both British and German sections is at a all time high. we are lucky in that we are one of the few WW1 groups that have acsess to a Replica Trench system (at the Staffs regiment museum) which is a far better place to hold a WW1 battle...
by 450 Martini
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 German Groups in the UK
Replies: 3
Views: 1396

Re: WW1 German Groups in the UK

The Birmingham pals have a section who represent Hessisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr.116 and they can turn out a good section. there are a few images here on the group page.

http://www.birminghampals.com/german.html
by 450 Martini
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Local Militaria shows
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

Re: Local Militaria shows

as a midlander i rarely cross the border into wales so my intel is not to great, but i do know a few south midland shows if that helps. there's malvern militatia show at the three counties but thats not untill november 17th. Birmingham arms fair is on this sunday the 16th of June at the Birmingham m...
by 450 Martini
Wed May 29, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform
Replies: 8
Views: 2304

Re: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform

Likewise Dixie i hope to see you at Kelmarsh: Festival of history, history live, reenactors glastonbury or whatever they are calling it. i think me and the rest of the birmingham pals are camped opposite.
by 450 Martini
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: New to WW1 Re-enactment
Replies: 17
Views: 3784

Re: New to WW1 Re-enactment

I'm quite fortunate to be going over twice in 2014, mons and the Royal naval division march to antwerp. For midland based groups there are several that specalise in first world war. they are Birmingham Pals: they represent South stffords, Royal engineers tunnelers, RAMC and German Infantry, and hve ...
by 450 Martini
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Great War SMLE advice
Replies: 14
Views: 5250

Re: Great War SMLE advice

This is the way i reload a batch of rounds up, say for example i have a batch of used ppu 303 blanks, firstly i cut off the split "bullet" bit of brass with a copper pipe cutter, then i place in a press shell holder and de cap with a universal decapping die, i then use a hand held priming ...
by 450 Martini
Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Great War SMLE advice
Replies: 14
Views: 5250

Re: Great War SMLE advice

Those egypitian blanks make for some intresting hang fires. I was fortunate a few months ago a quartermaster friend of a chap in my group was clearing out a armoury used in the 1980's by the cadet force. He found a crate of 303 blank, it seems this was the stuff that was handed back in by cadets aft...
by 450 Martini
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Honest Opinion Wanted (I know that I will get it here)
Replies: 31
Views: 5907

Re: Honest Opinion Wanted (I know that I will get it here)

A few mates of mine in the Birmingham pals several years ago had a few of the Isapores modified to look like mark 3* issue rifles it involved fitting old style muzzle caps, replacment magazines and a few other alterations, the problem is the parts are quite expensive and can be a logistical nightmar...
by 450 Martini
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Gatling Gun
Replies: 5
Views: 2553

Re: Gatling Gun

The Prop hire people Baptys have a real 1874 firing gatling available for hire, but its very expensive (english Heritige hired it last year) the diehards have a gas firing one and the 20th century revisited group have a inert non firng replica. http://www.20crevisited.co.uk/ for a bit of entertainme...
by 450 Martini
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 27205

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

The reenactment "flamethrower " in question may work on the same principle (or a disguised?) as one of those propane gas bottle weed killing deeleys you find at the garden centres which when turned to max have "flamethrower" like effects, they are domestic versions of agruicltura...
by 450 Martini
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 27205

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

The exemption from FAC licencing for blanks comes from this section of the firearms act section 1 (4) (c) this exempts blank cartridges not more than one inch in diameter, measured immediately in front of the rim or cannelure of the base of the cartridge, from this requirement. I Beleve the amount o...
by 450 Martini
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 27205

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

I used to do a few have a go with a musket/shotgun thing at the game fairs a few years ago, lots of fun but a section 11 licence is a lot of hassel, at my rifle club we have an open day every month The rebarreling of a section 1 rifle to a smoothbore section 2 is fraught with legal difficulties as t...
by 450 Martini
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 27205

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

As i am a target shooter at Swadlincote Rifle Club as well as a reenactor i have quite a complicated certificate. All my firearms department did when i joined my group(s) was add a condition to my licence"the firearms shall be used with blank ammunition for living history demonstrations with an...
by 450 Martini
Thu May 10, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Staffordshire Regiment Museum - 6/5/12
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Re: Staffordshire Regiment Museum - 6/5/12

Thats Me! (the tall chap) on photos 13 16 19 20

It turned out a really good weekend, with help from the Birmingham pals, the Tommy atkins sociaty, the bluejackets, the 4th Fusilers and the Education staff of the Staffordshire Regiment Museum,

thanks for posting some nice pictures.
by 450 Martini
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 Lincolnshire Regiment
Replies: 31
Views: 7281

Re: WW1 Lincolnshire Regiment

Nice to see a few more lads take an intrest in the period in the lead up to the big 100th aniversary. Hat wise they did not have gereral issue of the helmet till 1916 before that they wore a mix of stiff Service Dress caps, soft trench caps and the uglyish gor blimey I got my Brodie from military hi...
by 450 Martini
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Victorian event UK
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Re: Victorian event UK

My Group does 1870's/1880's British Army (58th Foot) and boer commando and we are midland based, contact details are on the website.



http://www.angloboers.co.uk/
by 450 Martini
Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1

It all boils down to that old re-enactors problem, Politics. The Birmingham pals consists of several units and some of the british infantry section were not happy with the direction that the group was going a broke away and formed there own group, called the warwicks. confusing i know but both group...
by 450 Martini
Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1

They Are Still the Birmingham Pals and i was at the pals AGM a few weeks ago, we have various units within the organisation, Medics, tunnelers, german infantry and british infantry totaling around 35 members. We have just restructured the British infantry section and we now represent members of the ...
by 450 Martini
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:59 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Looking for a group in the midlands...WW1

The Birmingham Pals WW1 living history group have a infantry section that badge up as Stafford's. You can ask at Staffordshire Regiment Museum, At Whittington Barracks near Lichfield. They have a full size recreation of a WW1 trench system that is used for regular battle re-enactment events. http://...

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