Demo video

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

“Ini­tially we had planned to film ev­ery­one fir­ing their per­sonal .303 ri­fles from the trench at the Dis­cov­ery Shoot­ing Club to demon­strate a ‘Mad Minute’ — 15 aimed rounds in 60 sec­onds per sol­dier,” Tucker told the Packet in an email.

Ul­ti­mately, to make a more in­ter­est­ing video, the group de­cided to in­cor­po­rate sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of firearms — the We­b­ley re­volver, 1911 pis­tol, Lee En­field ri­fle and Luger pis­tol — all of which are func­tional. Even the grenades in the video are real but de­ac­ti­vated.

“The best part about mak­ing this short video is that it gave us an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate weapons sys­tems that could never be used at pub­lic events,” he says.

In the video, the group also show­cases a Lewis gun and mor­tar. Both are mock-ups, but the mor­tar can fire a light blank, adds Tucker.

He says film­ing took place in Au­gust in swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures reach­ing 30 C and no wind. They two-minute video took sev­eral hours to film and the re­pro­duc­tion uni­forms, made from real wool, al­most made the ex­pe­ri­ence un­bear­able, but cer­tainly worth it.

The group even added an un­planned seg­ment near the end. For fun, Tucker de­cided at the last minute to try and recre­ate a cap­ture se­quence.

They even used short pieces of Ger­man dia­logue to make the scene as au­then­tic as they could, say­ing, “nicht schießen! (Don’t Shoot!)” and “Hände hoch! (Hands Up!)”

Most re­cently, the Great War Liv­ing His­tory Com­mit­tee ac­quired a few sets of new old stock and blue put­tees, still in the wrap­per. The group will be sure to wear them this Satur­day at the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Trin­ity Bay North.

If you’d like to see the video made by the com­mit­tee, go to www.thep­acket.ca or the link www. youtube.com/watch?v=kU6UjwgWQS0.

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