TIL that the Royal Navy once saved 5 million pounds in training by having personnel shout “bang” instead of firing live rounds

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Think of the money you could save if they did this during an actual war.


Looks like the US Army took a page from Royal Navy. I remember having to do the same thing more than a couple of time while enlisted.


Shit man we still do that. I’ve been dropped off from a notional helicopter and fired notional rounds at a notional enemy.


“sir we have received a message from the enemy ship” “whats it say?” “bang”


We used to yell “budget cut!”