Vickers used in 1981September 18 2008 at 10:08 PM
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The venerable old Vickers was still being used in 1981, for the battle inoculation course during a live fire EX at High Range (and was still used at Canungra, perhaps, though not when I was there in '79). Our SFMG PL (2/4 RAR) was firing the guns for 1 RAR and an unfortunate series of problems (bad ammo, tripod elevation lock nut not fully tight and sandbags settling under the vibration of the fired gun) saw one 1 RAR dig shot through the chest. Fortunately he survived but the Vickers were grounded.
Our turn came up two weeks later and they used blanks and M-60's, which made it a bit pointless.
Not sure if they continued using the Vickers after that.
PS LCPL Pete V. was the gunner that shot the bloke from 1 RAR. Next year, in Malaysia, Pete was shot through the thigh. We started calling him "Lucky" but he had a sense of humour failure, so we stopped.