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  • #16
    Originally posted by the ace View Post
    The weapon is fitted with a magazine, and the army doesn't like empty magazines - I'd assume it's loaded, but the safety catch is on.

    As to the other point, the day when the Guards need an armed escort is a day you will never see. That pr*ck is still alive because he wasn't worth a bullet, not because the soldier couldn't do anything about it.
    I'm not sure where you got that I was implying they needed an armed escort. I was replying to a comment by jf42 where he/she said "a man in a fur cap with an empty SA86 and a stubby bayonet can only do so much." I was simply asking if the guards at one place are armed with live weapons, wouldn't the guards at another place be armed with live weapons as well.

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    • #17
      This is a funny one I came across. It's actually in Norway. You have to watch all the way to the end. But it's worth it, you can tell the guard knew exactly what he was doing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uR0Eid9rWU

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      • #18
        Originally posted by 101combatvet View Post
        So you finally posted a pic of yourself? You look just like I imagined.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by phil74501 View Post
          I'm not sure where you got that I was implying they needed an armed escort. I was replying to a comment by jf42 where he/she said "a man in a fur cap with an empty SA86 and a stubby bayonet can only do so much." I was simply asking if the guards at one place are armed with live weapons, wouldn't the guards at another place be armed with live weapons as well.
          Under extraordinary circumstances, should there be a specific threat, I have heard that guardsmen might be issued with live rounds, but I don't know if that has ever happened and I am not sure whether that is even accurate. Ordinarily guardsmen are not issued with live ammunition. I am afraid the Yeoman Warder must have been saying something to thrill the audience. Not that it hurts to keep people guessing.

          Apart from the fact that only firearms-trained police and counter terrorism units are empowered to deploy lethal force on the streets of Britain, there is the remote possibility that some one might try wrest a weapon from the hands of a guardsman. Gradually they have been creating more distance between the public and the sentries. I believe there is a rope barrier now at Windsor Castle. Until the 1960s the sentries at Buckingham Palace were outside the main gate.

          JF (Mrs)

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Sign&Print Name View Post
            From The Belfast Telegraph

            http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...-31332710.html

            "A lone Guardsman has now scared off a pestering tourist in a video that will hopefully go a long way in ensuring Her Majesty's body guards get a bit more respect".
            Serves that dipstick right. I went to Rome in 2014 and I was appalled at the level of disrespect of some of the tourists inside Saint Peter's; it may be a tourist attraction but it is a church first and foremost. The behavior of some of those people was quite irritating.
            Give me a fast ship and the wind at my back for I intend to sail in harms way! (John Paul Jones)

            Initiated Chief Petty Officer
            Hard core! Old School! Deal with it!

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            • #21
              When I was a 8th grade kid, we went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. The guards there take their duty very seriously. My class was there to assist in the laying of the wreath, and prior to the ceremony, some idiot decided to light up a cigarette (this was back in 1988, when smoking everywhere was still relatively commonplace). The guard quickly turned to the offending party and put his rifle at port arms, shouting "SMOKING AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER IS PROHIBITED!!"

              Thankfully the moron was embarrassed and quickly stubbed out his butt. Would have been interesting if he insisted on his "right" to keep smoking.

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