Welcome to the Inert Ordnance Collectors.
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Premium Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Thanked 94 Times in 54 Posts

    old British Army sizing

    maybe somebody here will know about this... I'm wondering how British Army sizing works - what sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc correspond to in actual measurements... there must be a table somewhere? not sure when NATO sizing was adopted instead, but old numbered sizes are found alongside NSN numbers in labels (when Britain had already been NATO member for decades) - maybe in the '80s? I'm wondering specifically about sizing for the Cadet Smock as looking to get one - to further complicate things sizing might be different for ACF clothing given that they were intended for teenagers (given cut of smock they'll easily fit adults and I read they were in fact popular in the British Army as windproof item).
    always looking for inert baton rounds and accessories - please message me if you have any for sale/trade.

  2. #2
    Ordnance Approved
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    England, Lincs
    Thanked 421 Times in 210 Posts
    When I joined up (Army Apprentices College, Chepstow, 1978) we were sent to the stores to get our kit. The stores wallah, a long in the tooth WO2, just eyed us up and down and had his staff put stuff on the counter for us, with a look that said `That'll do.' Nothing was too small; Some things were too large. Some had hung around for decades, e.g. hairy, itchy woollen underpants dated 1954, waiting to be issued (I held a 30th birthday party for them in Germany in 1984 - needless to say I got p****d). Some had been issued several times over, e.g. 37 pattern webbing dated 1937. After I had been there a year or so I started wearing out socks and took them to the stores for exchange. Said stores wallah looked at me with a manic grin and handed over a ball of wool. I never had a clue what the size codes meant. They were another language. I once found the NSN for a Chieftain tank turret and wondered, since I was in Belize at the time, whether one would be delivered if I put in an order. I didn't, just in case one might have arrived, as we had no tanks in Belize, only armoured cars and the expense of shifting a useless heavy object would have outweighed the humour of the order.
    Any live or dug ordnance shown in my posts has been dealt with accordingly by eod personel

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Thanked 245 Times in 129 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by AMMOTECHXT View Post
    I once found the NSN for a Chieftain tank turret and wondered, since I was in Belize at the time, whether one would be delivered if I put in an order.

    Theres a system in place to check if a unit is scaled for spares. Your demand SHOULD have been rejected if you had submitted it. HOWEVER. When I was at SS 2Fd Wksps in th Falklands, a team was sent next door to the Engineers to do a stocktake and someone found part of a cooling system for a Chieftain tank!
    "Any live or recovered ordnance in my posts has been dealt with by trained EOD personnel"

    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
    Barbeques on fire by the chalets past the castle headland
    I watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off the Newborough gate
    All these moments will be lost in time, like icecream on the beach
    Time for tea.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to LCplCombat For This Useful Post:

    AMMOTECHXT (2nd November 2020)




Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Back to top