Riotous  Rumours
Hysterical Hype, Farcical Furfies, or a Comedy of Errors


In a radio interview, former Australian commander-in-chief Major General Peter Cosgrove was
badgered by a feminist ABC anti-gun reporter. A precis of that interview, after it was reported
that a Boy Scout Troop was to visit the military base...
Reporter: What are you going to teach these young boys on their visit.
Cosgrove: Climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.
Reporter: Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?
Cosgrove: I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
Reporter: Don’t you admit this is a terribly dangerous activity to teach children?
Cosgrove: I don’t see how. We'll teach them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
Reporter: But you’re equipping them to become violent killers!
Cosgrove: Madam, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you aren’t one, are you?

  Quick thinking... A United attendant was turning lines of passengers away as a Seattle flight was delayed with security checks. An irate, well-dressed man said he needed to board, he was 1st Class.
  The UA attendant directed him back to the lounge seating; he refused saying 'Do you know who I am?' 
  The quick thinking blonde went to the public address microphone and announced 'Can any person come to gate 14 who can help us. We have a gentleman here who doesn't know who he is'.
  The flustered 1st class passenger then exploded, 'F**k you!' to which the attractive attendant replied, 'Sir, you will need to join the line for that too.' 

  Heart-warming story of the advances of women in achieving equality throughout the world...
Barbara Walters of 60 Minutes (USA) did a story on gender roles in Kabul several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked about ten paces behind their husbands. She returned to Kabul recently and observed that the men now walked several paces behind their wives.
Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and  said. 'This is marvellous. Can you tell the free world just what enabled women  to achieve this reversal of roles?'
'Land mines', said the woman to the translator.

  Overheard at a Tulsa gun show... A table-holder selling a worn old .303 SMLE to a prospective customer... authoritatively informed the guy that 'D.P.', stamped deep into the stock, receiver and barrel knox form, indicated Detroit Police issue!

  No.4 Mk 1 cruciform spike bayonet
Dear Sir,
A guy has a No.4 Mk I spike for sale, he told me they are very rare due to being banned by the Geneva Convention and ordered destroyed. He said some were spared and sent in with paratroopers on D-Day. This sound like a load of malarkey to me since three more Marks followed the Mk I. Was this true?
Barry G.

Hi Barry,
You're correct, malarkey about the No.4 cruciform banned. The Mk I cruciform is scarce, they were carried (along with other Marks) by British forces on D-Day. The cruciform model is scarce because many less were made. With Singer (only Mk I maker) production at 75,000 of total 4 million plus British No.4’s plus Long Branch’s 1 million, that makes a ratio of 1 in 67, at least! So it’s scarce.

  British Gov’t says No.4 Mk 1/2 is dangerous.
My local gunsmith who knows a lot about Enfields says my No.4 Mk I/2 is dangerous to shoot. After they were converted, the British government sent out an order for them not to be fired and then withdrew them all. The barrel muzzle was stamped BNP for British Nil Protection when it was sold out to the public.

Dear Libby,
I've heard a similar one to this before... a load of codswallop. I would not trust your local Enfield expert even to replace wooden bayonet grips safely! BNP is British Nitro Proof, stamped to indicate its passing proof, a much heavier cartridge load to test the barrel and breech strength. If your friend can come up with any British MOD document withdrawing the No.4 rifle conversions due to safety concerns, I will cheerfully write him a cheque for $1,000.00. The No.4 remains one of the safest rifles to shoot, even if it is used or poor condition.



























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