Hey you guys! many apologies for my long absence from the board Involved and painful story of computer/ISP disasters but am posting this from a kindly-lent broadband connection - and you'll see why that was needed shortly, heh.
Two brief words - Gun Heaven! And yes, I went there.
AKA Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum; I've known of its existence for years, no idea why it took so long to get there...but by god I'm glad I did.
Expected a history of SMLE-production (as that was its prime function since 1912), a mention of the Steyr Aug (currently made under licence somewhere up the back well away from the public gaze) and also maybe the civilian products manufactured there over the decades...and that would have been satifying enough...but....
How wrong I was.
It almost doesn't seem real even now...but walk into this unassuming old building at the front of the now-disused main factory (its remains too toxic to dismantle) and you hit the Mother-effing-lode!
A collection of 1200 pistols (all donated by one man, incredible as that seems). Australian and foreign machine guns thru the ages...service weapons of same...heavy machine guns of many types...and egad the only Kalashnikov I've ever seen Not behind glass either!
I would have been giggling like the proverbial schoolgirl had I not been rendered speechless lol
No need to inflict all 202 photos on you heh. I took some rough footage (cam was a bit shaky admittedly) so I'll shut up now and let it do the talking...
Been so frustrating waiting to be able to share them with you guys. I felt the 3 hours I spent there was way too rushed...a return visit is definately in order. Went thru almost 3 cameras when successive batteries failed heh.
Got to handle a Steyr too which was a treat you couldn't get anywhere else; very comfortable bet it would be nice to shoot.
The old factory
A small sample of the many pistol cases
Illigitimi Non Carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down
Originally Posted by skullcrusher
Yes, at WalMart, you can pick up a gun, ammo, ski mask and your antidepressants all in one trip. Darn convenient if you ask me...:D
It's good to hear from you. That's an incredible place.
__________________ If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. ― Samuel Adams