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Old 09-11-2019, 03:16 PM
talking warrior talking warrior is offline
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Default Red Stars in the movies

Just saw a 1943 British movie "The life and Death of Col. Blimp" on Turner Classics. Towards the end, there is a scene shot at Headquarters of the Home Guard in London, and the guards are equipped with 03 Springfields carrying prominent red bands around the forearms. I thought it was an interesting bit of detail.
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:47 PM
abarsrecon abarsrecon is offline
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I love that paint!
It's cool the director or prop guy went to the trouble on that little detail.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:43 PM
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I saw it too, but the rifles were 1917s with the same red band. As the movie was made during the war, I expect the British Government provided considerable assistance in its production. It is a great movie, all the more remarkable for its portrayal of both British and German characters in a pretty honest and balanced way, without yielding to the propagandists' bias so common at the time.

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Old 09-15-2019, 04:55 PM
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Colonel Blimp is an amazing movie. I could talk about it for hours.
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:28 AM
Greg H. in Virginia Greg H. in Virginia is offline
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I recently acquired a US 1917 Eddystone Arsenal Enfield at a gun show with a 9-18 dated barrel and the same red paint stripe around the front handguard. I haven't had a chance yet to give it a good cleaning, but will do that in the next week or so and then take it to the range.

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