Saturday, December 3, 2011

Interesting


Apparently not a permanent alteration; might be nice for some scenarios. On the down side, it definitely demonstrates that the staggered column of cartridges is more practical for getting down in the dirt.

4 comments:

Papa Whiskey said...

For a 10-round bolt gun, I'll stick with my SMLE No. 5, Mk. 1 (the "Jungle Carbine). Lighter, handier, and just plain classier.

MauserMedic said...

Papa Whiskey,

Still surprises me that no one made a turning bolt ten round capacity rifle in a rimless chambering. I'd think someone using the Mauser system would have gone that route.

DirtCrashr said...

Are Mausers too pretty to cut into? The easily removed floorplate makes this kinda a no-brainer, but why didn't the Finns do this in '39 already?

MauserMedic said...

Interesting thought. The Germans did it to some degree in WWI:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_12_50/ai_n6275754/

although this was not a simple 10 round magazine. But a ten round mag would have been just as easy. Best answer I can think of is doctrine; German doctrine being centered around riflemen supporting an automatic weapon. Which makes me wonder if the export markets had the same bias, or simply lacked the funds/capacity/need to upgrade.

I would think the example provided by the sustained fire of the SMLE in WWI would have provided some impetus to upgrade. Then again, perhaps the Great Depression affected military budgets enough to maintain the status quo.