Pistol-packing sailors

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Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

PICTURE GALLERY: Memories of Hampshire cricket at Burnaby Road

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I wonder if the navy still trains its sailors to use pistols in case they have to form a boarding or landing party at some time?

I very much doubt it, but in 1939 they did, as can be seen from this picture of ratings training on board the battleship HMS Nelson.

I know when I was in training in 1966 all we had was a truncheon to knock someone over the head with!