British Geocacher Uncovers Smoking Gun


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A British player has earned the right to call himself a ‘gun geocacher’ after finding a revolver and bullets while on the trail of another smiley.

Unfortunately for GC premium member GeoGareth, his shock discovery in Essex county last Wednesday afternoon was not a clever camouflage job, but rather the suspected hiding spot of a local criminal.

Langdon Nature Reserve in the British county of Essex.

According to local newspaper The Echo, the handgun was found inside a hollow tree-trunk at Langdon Nature Reserve in the township of Laindon by “a lone geocacher out practising the tranquil hobby”.

“The revolver and ammunition had been stuffed inside a sock and then placed in a plastic container before being concealed inside the tree near to the Plotlands area of the beauty spot, off Lower Dunton Road,” it reported.

However, that lone geocacher has since revealed he did not speak to the media about his find. Four days ago, GeoGareth told the GC forums: “Found it last Wed evening, can’t believe the attention it has recieved, I haven’t even spoken to the press! Info was taken off the Essex Geocachers forum!”


Last week he posted there that he almost “had a heart attack” when he pulled out the weapon about 4.30pm.  “I was out by myself in Langdon Hills when my sat nav ran out of juice. Having a keen eye for potential cache sites, I saw a hollow tree-trunk with the tell-tale signs of bark sticking out.

“I removed the bark and there it was, a very large screw-top plastic container. Inside was a long object covered in a sock and a large pillbox, also covered in a sock. Removed the socks and what did I find? A revolver and about 30 live bullets!”

GeoGareth immediately alerted police and an armed response unit was sent to the reserve.

A spokesman for Essex Police said the gun was recovered and is currently undergoing tests. An investigation into where the weapon came from was also under way.

Another local geocacher, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper: “This must have been quite creepy for the man. A lot of young people, including Scouts and Brownies, are into geocaching so I’m just pleased it wasn’t them who found the gun.”




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  1. GeoKs says:

    March 24, 2012 at 1:58 am

    A few years back, we found a revolver at the posted coordinates for a geocache here in Calgary. We knew the cache owner lived nearby, so contacted both the CO and the local police. The CO met us on site; based on “found it” logs he was able to give the police a pretty good idea of the time frames involved and the police promptly recovered the weapon. Ever since, we’ve definitely been a little more cautious both when searching for caches and when opening up any cache containers larger than a very small LocknLock.

  2. Paul Tannahill on Facebook says:

    March 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    If the British had something like our Second Amendment, the mere act of owning a handgun would not make those poor citizens… oops – subjects criminals.

  3. Zalgariath says:

    March 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    If the rest of the world had your Second Amendment maybe the USA wouldnt have the highest murder and gun rates of crime in the developed world. 20 seconds of Googling reveals…. – The USA is among the most gun happy countries in the world, with 90 guns per 100 people. (Note Data now 4 years old but Im guessing not to different… but that is just plain scary)

    Here are the stats on British Gun crime… conveniently from the same time as the above most.

    In the UK in 2008, there were 59 deaths related to firearms. In a population of about 60 million… or < 1 per Million

    In USA in 2010, there were 8,775 (reported) deaths by firearm in a population of about 309 million … or about 28 per million.

    That's a 28 times rate of people getting shot and killed between the countries. And mind you this is just MURDERS… if you look into general gun crime the stats in the above articles are even more harrowing. Wiki reports it is even higher than this.

    You CAN still own a firearm in Britain if you have due cause and a licence. Funnily enough nothing auto, semi-auto, high powered, or consealable is ever considered needed for hunting or recreation.

    British Police (generally) do NOT carry guns. As there is little need.

    So overall, I think the "Subjects" over here are rather chuffed their countrymen dont feel the need to have a firearm in every house or indeed the inclination to ever point one at another human being. And even if they did, sensible laws make this undertaking rather difficult.

    And just for clarity on bias…. I am Australian, and generally have a healthy breeding in taking the piss from all things Pommy.

    So please do enjoy your Right to bear Arms… a law Drafted in 1791. Because you know, nothing much has changed in the world since then.

  4. Legally Armed in the USA says:

    March 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    What is really a hoot is this ad that pops up on this same page.

  5. geocollbob says:

    March 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

    If we were like the Americans whit that stupid Second Amendment we would not be criminals, rather we would be dead. Everyone was killing everyone as it does in America.

  6. woody104 says:

    March 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hmm, don’t know about the wisdom of having a picture published, someone maybe slightly miffed that their shooter was turned into the Rozzers.

    As for the comments re the 2nd Amendment. Do normal gun owning citizens feel the need to stash their weapons in dead tree trunks? No wonder so many Americans are getting shot with such lax gun security. 😉

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