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Queen's guard soldier turns rifle on tourist

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...-31332710.html

"A lone Guardsman has now scared off a pestering tourist in a video that will hopefully go a long way in ensuring Her Majesty's body guards get a bit more respect".
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That's over a year old. I think that it's been discussed here.
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It has. Iirc more than once.
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That punk should have been bayonetted.
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That punk should have been bayonetted.
A nice little poke to see a couple drops of blood would have done it.
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I've seen the clip before.

These guards may wear elaborate uniforms on ceremonial duty, but they're elite troops, trusted with protecting the Queen. That idiot is lucky to be alive.
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I hadn't seen it.

Absolutely perfect. The Guardsman did his duty and the little puke who was mocking him put his hand on him.

Well done.
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It's a pretty common occurrence. The layout of the yard at Windsor Castle, and the gateway at the Horse Guards, with no barrier between tourists and the guardsmen does mean that tourists are tempted to take the píss.

I saw a Scots Guardsman scare bejasus out of a woman who approached the deadline in front of the Guard Room at Windsor. There was visceral roar as he brace and presented his SLR with fixed bayonet under her nose. I swear she was airborne as she recoiled.

They love it. It's a welcome break of tension in the midst of the tedium and irritation of Public Duties. The guardsmen are young soldiers like the rest of the infantry, but as the Sovereign's escort, on constant public display, protecting the dignity of the institution as much as the sovereign's person, the Guards brigade does have deeply instilled discipline and traditions honed over the years. However, a man in a fur cap with an empty SA86 and a stubby bayonet can only do so much. If something serious went amiss, men in dark blue equipped with serious rata-tat-tat would appear out of nowhere.

There was the incident when a mounted Household Cavalry officer laid about some malintended charlie with his sword but that was a one off.
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It's a pretty common occurrence. The layout of the yard at Windsor Castle, and the gateway at the Horse Guards, with no barrier between tourists and the guardsmen does mean that tourists are tempted to take the píss.

I saw a Scots Guardsman scare bejasus out of a woman who approached the deadline in front of the Guard Room at Windsor. There was visceral roar as he brace and presented his SLR with fixed bayonet under her nose. I swear she was airborne as she recoiled.

They love it. It's a welcome break of tension in the midst of the tedium and irritation of Public Duties. The guardsmen are young soldiers like the rest of the infantry, but as the Sovereign's escort, on constant public display, protecting the dignity of the institution as much as the sovereign's person, the Guards brigade does have deeply instilled discipline and traditions honed over the years. However, a man in a fur cap with an empty SA86 and a stubby bayonet can only do so much. If something serious went amiss, men in dark blue equipped with serious rata-tat-tat would appear out of nowhere.

There was the incident when a mounted Household Cavalry officer laid about some malintended charlie with his sword but that was a one off.
I've watched several videos of the tours the Yeoman Warders give at the Tower of London. In those videos, more than once, the Yeoman Warder said that the rifles the guards were carrying were live... meaning loaded. If the guards at the Tower have loaded rifles, couldn't/wouldn't the guards at Windsor have live weapons as well?
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I've watched several videos of the tours the Yeoman Warders give at the Tower of London. In those videos, more than once, the Yeoman Warder said that the rifles the guards were carrying were live... meaning loaded. If the guards at the Tower have loaded rifles, couldn't/wouldn't the guards at Windsor have live weapons as well?
The weapon is fitted with a magazine, and the army doesn't like empty magazines - I'd assume it's loaded, but the safety catch is on.

As to the other point, the day when the Guards need an armed escort is a day you will never see. That pr*ck is still alive because he wasn't worth a bullet, not because the soldier couldn't do anything about it.
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It's not a question of the guard requiring an escort. Count how many men are in fact posted in front of the Place, and consider the lone guardsman in the video. Regardless of the infantry skills of those men and their colleagues nearby, they are effectively there for show. The rest of the guard aren't poised at observation slits waiting to deply for action. They are not trained to deploy lethal force in the context of a Royal building or public monument where crowds of civilians are gathered. If any serious threat emerges, there are teams of police appropriately armed and trained, and with the powers, to deal with the situation.
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