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The Belgian FN P90 submachine gun is a weird looking thing.

This one is in one of the gun cases on the 2nd floor of the Army Museum, Stockholm.

It was designed by Fabrique National de Herstal (FN) in the late eighties in response to a NATO request for a small gun that can be used in at close quarters in cramp conditions. It's mostly carbon fibre, so very light, ambidextrous, and has an unusual 50-round magazine on top. There's a semi-automatic civilian version, but the fully automatic military version can split out high velocity rounds at up to 900 per min.

It's been sold to police & military, mostly anti-terrorist units or special forces, in over 40 countries.

More details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_P90 and somebody using one here: https://youtu.be/isxrclxTkL0 
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HMS Duncan (D37) in Portsmouth, July 2016.

She is a Type 45 Guided Missile/Air Defense Destroyer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Duncan_(D37)
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This is so interesting.

I learned more about turret systems in 15 mins than I have in ages. Eg. I often wondered whether they had mechanical or other stops to prevent them from hitting parts of their own aircraft. I wondered about the dual speed system so they could handle fast passes, and I had no idea they dialled speed & altitude settings into the gunsight.

The only question I didn't hear asked/answered was about lag. It's clear from the video there is a small lag between control input and gun movement. Was that normal? And presumably gunners just got used to compensating for it...?

I'm adding Fred's place to my 'wanna visit' list for next time I'm anywhere near Atlanta.
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The South of France is a relaxing and beautiful place, an amazing mix of large cities, coastal towns and hilltop villages. This tour itinerary takes you through the best of the region.
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#BGTW member Andrew Eames walks the route of Europe's most spectacular railway via +The Telegraph:
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Great eye candy, but omg it's complicated!

#Warhammer   #tbexstockholm  
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There's something very traditionally 'British' about the Valentine , this one in the Musee de Blindes, Saumur. It just couldn't have been designed by anyone else.
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The Army Museum in Stockholm is very worthy, and certainly worth a visit if you are in town, but it left me a little ..... meh

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Love this elegant, sweeping road!

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On the 27th to the 29th July we explored the small but perfectly formed region of Vorarlberg in beautiful Austria as part of the Captivate ‪#‎RoundtripAustria
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A peaceful sunny afternoon in the King's Garden (Kungstradgarden), Stockholm.

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Had a great time here last week :)

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The tank museum in Saumur, France is considered to have the world's largest collection of amoured vehicles
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It's only when you stand beneath her keel that you get an idea of just how graceful she is. Great job restoring her. Love the captain's quarters.
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Maybe once it was on the rural outskirts of St Malo, but it's now in the middle of an industrial/retail estate, and it's 8 mins by car down to the old city. That said, it's an excellent & popular stopover for the ferry. Good rooms. Helpful staff.
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I'm trying to put my finger on why I like this hotel so much. It's the staff, who, during the five days I was here, were continuously going out of their way to be helpful & fun. Add to that the excellent location and a great room (small, but it hit *all* my hotel room benchmarks) and it's no wonder I'll happily come back here again!
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Interesting tour, well done. Good use of video to explain the process.
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Busy on a warm summer evening, but the waiters are super-efficient and keep things running quickly. We came here on a mission, having driven up the Atlantic coast of France: to find perfect Moules. We found them here :)
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Worth a visit. Lovely views over the river and a really peaceful setting. They've built themselves a new visitor centre with bi-lingual guides/staff.
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