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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 5th, 2019, 12:46 pm
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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 10th, 2019, 2:08 pm
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The first gas operated MG in history: The famous "potato digger": Colt Browning Model 1895.
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The gas was taken from a port some inches from the muzzle, and a lever like mechanism operated the gun (the "potato digger" action, which forbides the employment of this MG from a prone position), which was belt fed and air cooled. I was used by the Navy and Marines chambered in 6 mm Lee. The Rough Riders had 2 in Cuba (privately purchased by the family of a wealthy volunteer), and the gun was present in the defense of the foreign Legations at Peking during the Boxer Rebellion. The gun was chambered in several calibers: 7.62 x 54R, .303 British and 7 x 57 Spanish, as well as 7.62 x 63.

Model 1915 was the standard medium machine gun of the spanish cavalry before the Spanish Civil War. During this bloody war it was used by both sides chambered for the 7 mm standard spanish round of that era. Later in the war, ex-russian guns were imported (from soviet and polish sources: Imperial Russia bought a huge number of M1895 both to Colt and Marlin), together with some ex-mexican guns also in 7 mm, which were first seen during the republican 1937 offensives around Madrid, specially, Jarama.
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PS: A question about the style: The tripod is so tall in this drawing that the machine gun itself is very high (very near to the titles and to the scale ruler) and too much to the right (well, at least for me :? ) in the template. Do you think that a bigger template would be a better looking choice?


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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 10th, 2019, 7:50 pm
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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 11th, 2019, 2:02 pm
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Great work!

Unfortunatly though lots of your images have disappeared due to TinyPic apparently going poof.


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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 15th, 2019, 2:27 am
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Good evening guys.
The main greek rifle in the first half of the XX century was the Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 1903 in two lenghts, as rifle and as carbine.
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A sound, reliable and accurate weapon, but lacked of two main carachteristics of the austrian Mannlicher: the straight pull bolt system, and the well known "en bloc" magazine, instead the greek rifle used the conventional turned bolt and an efficient rotary magazine. It equipped the greeks armies during the pre-ww1 balcanic wars, during WW1, the turkish-greek war, WW2 and the bloody greek civil war.

In the SCW, this rifle was supplied to the republicans by two main sources: the main one was SEPEWE of Poland (ex-austro hungarian ones) and (possibly) the hellenic ammo company GPCC (few ex-greek army rifles). Cheers.


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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 15th, 2019, 10:07 am
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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 19th, 2019, 6:07 am
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Thanks for your feedback guys!
Some more Krag-Jorgensen firearms! Following the conquest of Phillipines during the Spanish-American War, the americans faced the Moro (muslim) rebellion in the northen island of Mindanao. To counter them, the local Constabulary was reorganized, trained and equiped with US made weapons. Among this new weaponry was the Phillipines Constabulary carbine Model 1899:
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Also in 30-40 Krag, it was shorter than the rifle, but able to use a bayonet. It was a handy weapon well adapted to the light physical constitution of the native filipino people.

The first country to adopt the Krag-Jorgensen rifle was Denmark in 1889, which was chambered for a 8 mm rimmed round.
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Unlike the American and Norwegian versions, the Danish rifle had a magazine door that opens to the side, not down. The arming device also differs, instead of the knob, the Danish had a Gras/Lebel like lever. The barrel was covered by a metallic shroud, but was handguardless in all its length. It was equipped with a T-backed epee-bayonet.
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The short version of the rifle was a very similar carbine destined for the artillery, and like the full length rifle, was equipped with a bayoneta (unlike the cavalry carbine which was unable to mount a blade). Both rifle and carbine are depicted with the long M1915 bayonet. Cheers.


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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 19th, 2019, 7:27 pm
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