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Re(14): Two's up on your rifle...

I think memory is perhaps playing tricks on you about distance? As I recall the greatest distance I ever shot with the SLR was 400m. Its official effective range was 800m. In 1967 I completed a GPMG Sustained Fire Role Course (GPMGSF) which was actually run by Joe Eastwood. The GPMG fired the same 7.62 mm NATO round as the SLR L1A1. As part of the course we spent 3 or 4 days over at Altcar Ranges firing thousands upon thousands of rounds. We fired from the 800m firing point as I recall. In the Sustained Fire Role, the GPMG when mounted on a tripod, has an effective range quoted as being 1,800 yards. Beyond that distance it was deemed to be ineffective....the cone fall of fire was to widespread? Sadly the butts were the sand dunes area which was covered in that strange grass / reed. I know because the tracer rounds on the belt kept setting fire to the grass. We were constantly having to cease fire and leg it down to the butts to extinguish the fires!!! 800m is a long way there and back.....particularly after about the fourth time of doing it...at the double...remember Joe was in charge!!!

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