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Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by Hufflepuff, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Klive

    Klive Member

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    My WWII weapons firing experience is v. limited: SMLE No 4 (helluva recoil after firing the SLR); .303" Bren (best-ever LMG). But my most memorable WWII weaps moment was - aged 13 - sitting behind a Vickers .303" MMG. Those brass spade-grips, safety taps & firing buttons in my hands - what a buzz. And Dad wouldn't let me fire it... When I watched the SF fire demo (on a floating target half-a-mile out to sea - I was surprised how slow the ROF was, and how thirsty the water-jacket. A 1gall can turned to steam in a few minutes.

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  2. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    SLR is an excellent weapon, even though it's not WWII. Far better than the M16 we had in Vietnam.
     
  3. mac_bolan00

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    fired the sporter spingfield and the lee enfield. the first is a great hunter. but the second is for fighting.
     
  4. Raysrunt

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    I have two bullets and I wondered if anyone could help me know what they are? The small one has GFL M38 1943 on the bottom, the larger one has 18 P.C. CO on the bottom. The rifle shell I have has P132 1Va1 24 39 on the bottom. These were brought home by my dad who fought in France and Germany in 1944-45. Thanks.
     
  5. Sadprofessor65

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    I guess in this thread I'm a touch spoiled back when I was with a renactment unit (as a medic) I got to shoot a large amount of weapons both blank adapted and not. So here a list for ya'll!

    '03 springfield (sold mine and it was the worst move i ever made!)
    Mauser Kar 98 WWI issue open topped site and straight bolt. LOVE IT!
    M1A1 caribine, Can bit a bit hard to reajust ofter fireing do to the reduced weight of the wire stock but still a blast!
    Asaki type 39, Old japanese rifle based off the mauser all I have to say is OUCH! Heavy and kicks like a mule.

    Guns i have shot not belonging to me,
    Lee Enfield No4 MkI, scoped and unscoped
    Lee Enfield No5 MKI
    Lee Enfield No4 MKII
    The Indian Isapore 2A1 i beleive its called.
    Gewer 43
    MP44
    STG44
    FG42
    Mosin Nagant 38
    Mosin Nagant 1891-1930
    Mosin Nagant 44
    PPSH
    Bren
    Sten guns
    Replica STV40
    M1 Garand
    M1 Caribine
    BAR
    M3 Grease gun (about as acurate and shooting blind folded hahaha)
    Reising 50 probably a reproduction but i don't know 100%

    Thompson US short and British long barrel both with front grip and drum clip as well as normal configuration.
    .30 caliber machine gun (blank addaption)
    .50 caliber machine gun (blank addaption)
    MG38 and MG42 (blank again)
    I don't know the exact designation of the next one but it was simply know as the No4 sniping rifle its an american Enfield not common to my knowledge.
    Walter P38
    M1911 Colt .45 (an original true COLT made on not hte new springfield junk)
    .38 liberty revolver it was US issue but not to the troops normally I don't know full story of it.
    Weberly Revolver
    Lugers WWII and a WWI from I beleive 1917 or so.
    and a solviet hand gun.

    Don't remeber everything we shot but there were hundereds of different guns we brought out and shot every thing from obscure makes from different countries to "non existant" weapons such as the M1 Garand Tanker rifle. Oh and a bunch of italian weapons that I have no idea on.
     
  6. krieg

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    what where the sten guns like to play with..:confused:
     
  7. Skipper

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    Actually my favourites. Easy to put to put together, easy to transport or hide when not assembled, easy to use, easy to clean. Of course the accuracy isn't perfect but it was a robust gun
     
  8. krieg

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    wos there range of the bullets any good at all 100.200 hundred yards??
     
  9. Tony Williams

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    The British tested a Sten at 300 yards and discovered that the bullet was well able to deliver a lethal wound.
     
  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WWII Veteran

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    On my Honey (Stuart turretless) tank we used to use the Thompson Sub Machine Gun (Tommygun) as a weapon for nightime guard duty as this was considered more effective than our Smith & Wesson pistols.

    I never ever fired it in anger but was able to get some practice in when I was at the RAC Training Depot in Rieti (Italy).

    I only ever used the 30 Browning on one occasion when I nearly killed our driver !

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    I must now go and find the link to the story !
    Found it !
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Diary Entries 11th April 1945
    I see the same story mentions my Tank Commander using a Tommy Gun
     
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  11. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Aquila non capit muscas

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    Ron, you're priceless!
     
  12. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WWII Veteran

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    Not really ............

    Turretless, perhaps :)
     
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    Za Rodinu Aquila non capit muscas

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    Sorry, I can't give you rep twice in a row :D
     
  14. krieg

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    wos the tommy gun better ther the sten or the other way around
     
  15. Tony Williams

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    The Thompson was much more solidly built than the Sten, but the downside was that it was much heavier. OK for vehicle crews to have, not so much fun for footsloggers.
     
  16. Shockwavesoldier

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    i have a video/ slideshow of some of the weapons of ww2 just search my username shockwavesoldier
     
  17. Erich

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    Jack I've heard of jamming and a gooing of the grease guns in the Pacific. My father in law though serving on a sub tender had them aboard as they would get on-shore from time to time .....
     
  18. Shockwavesoldier

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    My friend found a luger bullet casing in the woods in northern virginia were i live, very odd that you could find that there
     
  19. JCFalkenbergIII

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    Going from poor memory IIRC the M3 was still issued for M1 tank crewman years back.
     
  20. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    Why would that be odd? 9mm Parabellum (aka Luger) is one of the most common pistol rounds in the United States. There are literally tens of thousands of guns that fire that round in use in the US today.
     

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