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tscrisp
776260.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:13 pm Reply with quote

I must admit, I posted this as I've worked the last thirty years in civil engineering where using the term 'steamroller' in a non-historical context is the sort of thing you only ever do once...

 
Sadurian Mike
776275.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Welcome to my world when talking about "guns" or "tanks".

I actually started a whole thread about guns and have had plenty of posts where I've mentioned the difference between a tank and other AFV.

However, given the rules of common (if technically inaccurate) usage, I am holding back the tide with a shrimping net.

 
Efros
776281.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:51 pm Reply with quote

Hmm see decimate.

 
tscrisp
776282.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:53 pm Reply with quote

Heh, I think I like this place...

Off topic then, I remember seeing armed police on Reading rail station a while ago with H&K MP5s, last time I saw an armed copper he carried something quite different. What do they use these days?

 
tscrisp
776284.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:54 pm Reply with quote

decimate

To kill one in ten, I believe...

 
Sadurian Mike
776293.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:07 pm Reply with quote

tscrisp wrote:
Off topic then, I remember seeing armed police on Reading rail station a while ago with H&K MP5s, last time I saw an armed copper he carried something quite different. What do they use these days?

Not really my area, but I believe there is a realisation that 9mm is inadequate to stop a terrorist (or armed robber, come to that) wearing a kevlar vest.

The specialist firearms units therefore employ assault rifles (especially Steyr AUGs and the H&K family). The Steyr is very distinctive and may have been what you saw.



Of course, the venerable H&H MP5 has plenty of variants which alters its outline considerably. MoD police have their own rules and use firearms more usually associated with the military (including the L85A2).

 
Efros
776302.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:22 pm Reply with quote

tscrisp wrote:
decimate

To kill one in ten, I believe...


Precisely, however look at its modern meaning.

 
tscrisp
776326.  Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:37 pm Reply with quote

The Steyr AUG, that's indeed what it looked like. Thanks.

 
Sadurian Mike
776456.  Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:32 am Reply with quote

If we are bemoaning the current perversion of words, can I put in a bid for, "I was gutted", which is taking the place of "I was very upset".

"Oh yeah, I thought I'd won the lottery but then realised I'd lost the ticket. Suddenly, two men leapt out, slit me up the belly and removed my intestines."

 
samivel
776482.  Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:51 am Reply with quote

Football commentators, players, fans et al still refer to the frame of the goal as 'the woodwork', even though they've been made out of metal for bloomin' ages.

 
sjb
776639.  Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:19 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
"Oh yeah, I thought I'd won the lottery but then realised I'd lost the ticket. Suddenly, two men leapt out, slit me up the belly and removed my intestines."


That happened to me once. They rather nicely put my intestines back when they were finished, so I can't complain.

 
bobwilson
776710.  Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:28 pm Reply with quote

tscrisp wrote:
Heh, I think I like this place...

Off topic then, I remember seeing armed police on Reading rail station a while ago with H&K MP5s, last time I saw an armed copper he carried something quite different. What do they use these days?


Mostly lies and distortions - the weaponry is purely for show.

Quote:
I believe there is a realisation that 9mm is inadequate to stop a terrorist (or armed robber, come to that) wearing a kevlar vest.

The specialist firearms units therefore employ assault rifles


The effectiveness of the firearms are irrelevant - how often are they actually used?

 

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