I have carried this story around for many years and told it many times but I thought I would tell it on here as it is sort of ammo related.
A friend of mine worked for Marconi Defence Industries for many years. It was a very high security plant.
One day he and a collegue carried a large missile between the two of them out through the security gate and out into the car park, put it in a car and drove off with it. The guards on the gate just lifted the barrier and let them go through unchecked.
Actually, it was a dummy, bound for an exhibition but the guards didn’t know that.
His problem then was this, should he report it and cause all sorts of trouble. Probably getting the guards fired and all the consequences that would involve. Or should he just let it go and say nothing?
In the end he chose the latter, but its a neat story and it makes you wonder what might have been if they had been in the pay of the Russians.
Ever since he told me that story I have wondered about all the experimental and prototype cartridges you guys have in your collections. How did they all get out? Every one must have come out in somebody’s lunch box. There are so many around it must have been going on all the time.