Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by igotta40, Nov 16, 2022.
The entire program was dropped.
But yeah, heavy weight, and a 20 rd box magazine. It only had enough capacity to rise so much. You had to pause to reload. No 100 rd belts to burn through. 3-5 rd bursts.
"The Sand Pebbles" is a good flick. "Condenser! Makee steam all dead!" I have opined many times that movie shows how a Navy uniform is SUPPOSED to be worn.
Steve McQueen later bought that exact BAR.
I have never shot a BAR, but when my old man was in the Navy 1970-72, one of the Chiefs on my father's destroyer liked to shoot trap. They went to Culebra for live fire practice before a Med cruise, and my father's first time ever shooting clay pigeons was with a BAR. It is a real thing. You can do it.
The Lewis gun is better as a light machine gun, but keep in mind that in WW1 they were looking for an "automatic rifle" to accompany troops armed with bolt actions. The BAR was probably better for that, although the theory didn't work out so well in practice.
I remember that, in the early 1960's, there was a Lewis gun display board on a wall at the University of Texas engineering school. There was a completed Lewis gun at the bottom, and above that the parts in the various stages of manufacture, in a sort of flow chart. Probably 2 or 3 more guns could have been assembled from the parts (with a little finishing work). A few years later, the display disappeared. I hope at least that someone had the presence of mind to register it under the 1968 NFA amnesty.
The M15 was "approved".
The T44E5 was classified "Standard A" as the M15 along with the M14 in March 1957.
It was not put into production because in 1959, US Army Infantry Board released "Service Test of Rifle, 7.62mm, M14 Modified for the BAR Role," which showed that the standard M14 with a modified stock with a rest on the buttplate, a slip-on compensator, and a removeable bipod was just as accurate as the M15 in the automatic rifle role, but quite a bit lighter. This report recommended:
d. For the Automatic Rifle role, the Rifle 7.62mm, M14, modified as above and with the addition of a bipod of the Type II design, be substituted for the Rifle, Automatic, 7.62mm, M15.
e. Termination of Production and type reclassification of M15 rifle to Standard B (STD-B).
The M14 so modified was designated the M14E2, and production orders for M15 were cancelled before any were actually manufactured.
In 1963, the M14E2 was standardized as the M14A1.
The T44E6 was 0.9 pounds lighter than the regular T44E4 (M14)
But, the idea of an aluminum buttplate was adopted when they switched away from the M1 type to the shoulder flap type.
Oh, and don't forget the aluminum magazine . . .
The M14E2 was another attempt to control recoil in full auto. I don't know how well it worked or how many were set up that way.
Roy Dunlap in 'Ordnance Went Up Front' wrote that in the PTO with lots of rain, seawater, and woods duff, crap in the 1918A2 rate reducer was a major source of repair calls. Older semi-full guns were less troublesome.
These modifications also improve accuracy in the semiautomatic mode. I have them on my scoped M1A. (The compensator precludes use of the bayonet, so it's not suitable for a standard infantry rifle.)
The same thing happens with BARs (with the rate reducing mechanism) that are stored for a long time upright in a rack. Oil and condensation migrate by gravity into the buttstock (which contains the rate reducer). Rust and swelling of the wood result.
The rate reducer was kept in the automatic rifle versions of the T44 all the way up to 1956, when they took it out of the T44E5 due to the lack of reliability.
As early as 1930 FN Herstal made improvements to the BAR that the US military never implemented. The FN Model D has a quick change finned barrel, slow and fast firing options, pistol grip stock and bipod mounted on the end of the gas cylinder. i was the senior firing range advisor to the Saudi National Guard. Non modernized SANG units were issued the FN Model D in 8mm. i fired the gun every time a non modernized unit visited our ranges. Love that gun.
Those non modernized Saudi units were also issued the last military model 98 rifle (Model 50) and the MG42/58 machine gun.
FN Model D (BAR) – Forgotten Weapons
It should have been replaced but those tight defense budgets of the 20s and 30s didn't allow for a lot of R&D-it's remarkable that John Garand was allowed to work on the M-1 all those years, and it was actually adopted.
I had an M-14E2 ( or A-1 or whatever the army ended up calling it ) in Vietnam. Being a REMF in a supply depot at Qui Nhon, I had plenty of trigger time. We did H&I fire against the side of Vung Tau mountain two or three times a week. Never did fire the thing in anger but I always went full auto, I can truthfully say that, standing next a mountain, you COULD keep all of your shots...errrr...somewhere on that mountain. I called this "minute of mountain."
If you went prone, extended the bipod and got a death grip on that foregrip I would say you might be able to keep all of your shots inside a six foot circle...out to twenty or thirty yards. Maybe. OK , probably not.
An M-14, of any flavor, on automatic mode, is the personification of the word futility. It makes a blood curdling racket and that's about all its good for.
Actually, the Pederson Device might have had some real usefulness on the battlefield. It has a large capacity mag and no full auto feature. Think of it as a semi auto subgun. But it could lay down a hail of bullets in a short period of time.
BAR users [and manufacturers]
People's Republic of China (Communist)
Republic of China (Nationalist)
Kingdom of Laos
United Kingdom (WWII Home Guard)
United States [manufacturer]
I have wanted to take the Pederson Device (semi auto bolt for a 1903 Springfield rifle with 40 rd magazine, firing a cartridge roughly twice the .32 ACP, half the .30 Carbine), put it in a modified Panama Canal Zone Bushmaster carbine (a 20 in barrel 1903 Springfield), and put the combo on the hands of the crew of a 1930s Edgar Rice Burroughs fan-fic movie to deal with pirates. Then switch to the 1903 .30-06 bolt when the dinosaurs show up.
He was a Marine Forward Observer attached to an Army unit that went ashore at Inchon.
Once they got far enough inland and the weather closed in, the Army needed a sniper far more than they needed a F. O.
So Dad set aside the radio and picked up a rifle.
He mentioned that the biggest fear in the unit was any Korean with a mortar.
They seemed to take to them almost instinctively.
As he would say, "Hand a Korean farmer a rifle and he'll shoot himself in the foot. Hand him a mortar and he'll drop a shell in your back pocket."
-And that's where the BAR would really shine... .
One word solution... bipod
Keep in mind that the BAR weighs ~20 lbs. fully loaded.
As much as I like Steve McQeen, he's not exactly a big guy and I doubt he would be very accurate or effective shooting the BAR from the shoulder. And he certainly wouldn't swing it around all nimble and light like it was and M4.
It's Hollywood, what do you expect?
Pretty sure he could handle a BAR.
W.H.B. Smith wrote of the Pedersen Device that there is a big difference between what a trained operator can do under controlled conditions and what an ordinary soldier does in combat. The submachine gun-the "trench broom"-a much better idea.
"Walking fire"-? Those UK and Empire troops who survived the first day of the Somme, the poilus-who survived the first day or so of the Nivelle Offensive in 1917 would tell you how effective that is.
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