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I recall at beltring and recall seeing the rolling thunder guys with section 5 M16's weapons ( for the arena battle they do),also all the WW2 US/Allied & German reenactors i also assume have quite alot with live weopons(except for pistols) legally held mixed in with there groups deactivated ones/blank firing ones.
I''m sure the armours decalare what is there,but i'll bet there are also alot of LIVE weapons there but firing blanks,safty issues and legal ones asside as on on looker you would just assume they where all blank firiers, i was talking to a german reenactor asking what blanks he used,who told me it was a working bolt action weapon on a section 1 licence,which he takes to all the shows.
I was a little supprised,but then thinking about it no one checks,not that i have ever seen anyone do so either?,i did see a police officer patrolling once,but he was just there for other security,and enjoying the day i guess !,as long as they are responsible with it and use it in the confines of the arena,it may well be "an unwritten rule" the show authorities may well turn a blind eye too,as checking everybodies weapon would be a logistical nightmare entering and leaving shows....just an observation,and a question i was asked recently by a work collegue who assumed there where rigorious checks at events.
have you guys had any spot display inspections on the jaegers in past seasons or seen this done?