*salutes* All to often in this day and age the sacrifices these men and women make are forgotten and tossed aside. Growing up I've heard from my father what he saw and did in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise in Vietnam. It's art and tributes like these that barely touch the surface of what they face. May we never truly forget.
and yeah, I know how it sounds etc. But seriously, how else can one respond to this?
the SA80A1 is a perfectly serviceable assault rifle, expensive and heavy, to be sure, but top of it's class in reliability and accuracy, it's not notably difficult to maintain, and has decent ergonomics as long as you're not left-handed. In short, it in NO WAY deserves the bad press it continues to get.
Meh, Sorreh. I take it personally since because of it the G11 is only a prototype. well, technicly it may have been still a Prototype because of the war. Heh, im just not one for Bullpup assault rifles. Except the FAMAS and the Steyr Aug. Just when it comes to the SA80 i hear a lot of bad things about it.
it got a really bad rep, when first used, because it was unreliable, and frankly, a bit substandard. This had more to do with privatisation in the UK, than anything to do with H&K tho. I don't know how you figure it killed off the G11, that was down to German re-unification and consequent massive budget cuts.
The AUG is an amazing weapon, I'll give you that, but the FAMAS is meh. Looks awesome, definitely, but wouldn't be my choice for real!
Just an FYI, the H&K G11 was a prototype for H&K to try and design a caseless assault weapon. The 4.7mm rounds it fires are not only really expensive, but it's obnoxious to reload in the field, and, the gun only has a 430-ish round per minute firing rate in automatic. Plus, it's got hellacious recoil, so it's upwards of 2300 rounds per minute while in burst fire is nothing short of amazing, the first round will connect, second is in the sky, and the third is more likely to kill a bird.
That, and the gun itself proved horrible in field tests, the caseless ammo was far too finicky, and the gun itself was prone to jamming under ALL conditions and issues, plus, it had no Picitanny rail or any other way to attach NATO or even Warsaw Pact attachments. And, let's face it, that scope is an absolute joke.
As for the FAMAS, well, I personally, hate the damned things. It has too much recoil and is far too finicky. Don't dog on M16's or M4's, those things have saved my buddies lives too many times for someone to just tell me they suck. Go tell that to an American soldier. I dare you.
Wow, ill be honest, im bested, you clearly have superior gun knowledge. while so, i never got to test one, so i wouldnt know,
While i can say for the M4, i heard it was a terrible gun, when tested in the water, the receiver blew off the gun. While it may be good for like normal open door combat in say woodland or Desert warfare, in water or beach, that gun is practically useless, As for the M16, seems a reliable weapon, im not dogging, whatever the hell that is, i just know from reading and speculating and video's how it is, if you re-read i did not in any way say that the m16 or m4 sucks. i merely said it was better, but i dont fight the wars people do, so i wont know from experience.
if this was a point to try and criticize me because of how i think of guns, then well done. As for your dare, i might, and ill see their response when i do.
We have a similar thing here in Canada (always on November 11th though, hence the name "Remembrance Day"). Always got to give our respects to those who've sacrificed themselves in the line of duty, that's for sure.
Remembrance Sunday commemorates the end of the First World War, which occurred at 11am on the 11th November 1918. That anniversary is known in many countries as Armistice Day, and the closest Sunday (before or after, IIRC) is marked by a national service of Remembrance, in Britain and many other Commonwealth countries, notably Canada.
There are church services, and assemblies at some war memorials, most importantly the Cenotaph in London, where wreaths of poppies are placed, specifically in the memory of the dead of the Great War, but by extension in remembrance of all those who have served their country, living and dead.
My Grandfather served in both wars, and survived them both, and my other Grandfather served in the Royal Navy after the war. Both are dead now, and for me it provides a day to reflect on what they and all their comrades (and yes, the men they had to fight) went through for what they believed in.
All veterans and martyrs* of World War I were heroes. Also my Grand-grandfather served in World War I. He fought in Gallipoli under Ottoman Army. My other grand-grandfather was an Ottoman soldier but I dont know where he served.
Where did your Grandfather serve during World War I?
* Is this the right word for that? I meant the people who died for their country in the battlefield. Sorry for my English mistakes..
martyrs has a bit of a religious connotation (usually Christian or Muslim) but otherwise it's fine. My Grandad joined up in 1914 after lying about his age, he was only 15 years old! I don't know where he served, but Gallipoli was mostly Anzacs on the Allied side (Australian and New-Zealand) so I'm sure he wasn't there opposite your great-Grandfather! In WWII he was a Marine Commando, so he served literally everywhere but the far-East.