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2015 Tanknet Tactical I&i Rifle Class


Simon Tan

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Simon, we were remembering the visit to the Woolwich Artillery Museum in 2013, where Banshee took a Bren, then its barrel fell off; yours truly tried to collapse the stock of a Sterling, could not, asked the young Gunner for help, he replied that he did not have much experience in those antique weapons, then Dave protested with that personal weapon line.

 

Good times. :D

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Naw, I lifted the thing to my shoulder and promptly hit the barrel release with my off hand.

 

I just thought about my own service experience and found that the only weapons I was trained on to be still in use are the MG 3 (which is no longer supported and due to be replaced by the MG 5) and the Carl Gustaf M2 (which is only used for illumination in the Bundeswehr anymore). I think I need some space on that old codger bank.

 

Lufthansa has a flight out of TXL at 0845 via FFM, arriving IAD 1325 local. Most importantly, they offer Premium Economy with increased leg space, which I'd find a definite plus after the Seattle trip. AMTRAK leaves from WAS at 1650, which should give ample time for anal probing and transfer from the airport, arrives LYH 2036. However, Google tells me it's still at least two hours by car from there to Lewisburg, so check-in around 2300 - with five hours time shift, I'm not going to be too focussed on the next day no matter what.

 

Would be better to fly United from IAD to ROA, which takes just a little over an hour instead of four on the train, and has the added benefit of under two hours transfer to Lewisburg. Unfortunately flights are only at 1240 and 2205, but there are no earlier arrivals than 1255, and no flights I could catch after work even if I would leave on Thursday. Humph, the date remains somewhat awkward.

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Would moving it a day or two forward help?

 

What date are you planning to arrive? I am planning to be in the NOVA region before class and am happy to pick people up and drive them to Lewisburg. We should be able to comfortably fit 3 in a standard car unless you lot pack like wimminz.

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The problem is that I'll be lucky to get Friday off because the Bundestag is in session that week. It's unfortunate that 3 October is a Saturday this year, because it's our national holiday and there would usually be no session in the week it's in. I can take the whole subsequent week off with no problem, but all weekends in the last third of the year except 24/25 October (and the holiday season, d'uh) will be somewhat afflicted by having to be on the job either right before, after or both, with an aggregate 20 + hours of travel required, plus time shift. Unless there's a participant who happens to fly DC to Roanoke with a personal aircraft (well, there are some TankNetters with a PPL).

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hmmm wonder who flies from Seattle that way? If brought guns I would want to be sure I minimize transfers or crossing the wrong stat lines. So looks like I could fly into Roanoke (ROA). which are the better US airlines?

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... 450 mile drive for me, totally doable. Anybody who lands in NY (JFK/EWR) can ride with me but my car is really a 2-seater, so I can't realistically fit more than 1 passenger (and I don't trust the Blazer to do a 1000-mile roundtrip). However I could arrange use of a different car if more people want to go that route. Maybe even a mini-van. As last resort we could rent something. And that would allow you to spend some time in NYC.

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I have no idea where I'll be. Not sure if I'll still be in in Jerz. Trying to head south, hopefully Florida. Either way, would love to come. once I get new contract signed and I know where I'm going, I will give definite answers. I'm an alum of both that school and the nearby med school, so I do know the area. Especially food and bars, er, bar (seriously, it's the Irish Pub or it's nothing).

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Will moving it to the 5th and 6th be 'a plan'?

 

This would be very doable and in fact quite relaxed as I could fly in on the 3rd with no worry about getting off work early or arriving late for acclimatization, either via DC or NY to travel with Fritz as outlined above. But don't go pushing dates around just for me if it makes it harder for the USians who would otherwise simply make it a weekend trip.

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... 450 mile drive for me, totally doable. Anybody who lands in NY (JFK/EWR) can ride with me but my car is really a 2-seater, so I can't realistically fit more than 1 passenger (and I don't trust the Blazer to do a 1000-mile roundtrip). However I could arrange use of a different car if more people want to go that route. Maybe even a mini-van. As last resort we could rent something. And that would allow you to spend some time in NYC.

 

I think there are more TNetters based near NYC.

 

Also, NY is NY, but DC has the Udvar-Hazy...

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Also, NY is NY, but DC has the Udvar-Hazy...

 

 

Been there, absolutely awesome. Wouldn't mind going again if Euro-TN decides to go through there.

 

However, NJ has this

 

http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/

 

;)

 

And NYC has this

 

http://intrepidmuseum.org/

 

A possible route would be land in NY (EWR), see the battleship (2h drive from EWR), proceed to DC (another 2h from battleship), see more stuff. Or spend a day in NYC, then say leave in the morning, see the battleship, end up in DC in the afternoon/evening. See udvar-hazy next day, also I guess do a general quick tour of DC. Then proceed to WV.

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Drats! Post accidentally deleted.

 

USS New Jersey would be very nice. Also, spending a day in NYC should give time to visit USS Intrepid.

 

I think second plan would be better, as one could not visit a BB in less than four hours.

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