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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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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 21st, 2019, 10:10 pm
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Thanks for your feedback, B!
I am not very sure about placing the following drawings here, because they are not firearms per se:
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Some of these hand grenades were best known as weapons used in WWII, specially the Italian "red devils", or the well known German stick grenade. But during the Spanish Civil War, since the beginning in July 1936, hand grenades were used intensely.

Before the war, the spanish army was equipped with a defensive grenade Model 18 with a primitive fusing system, without any safety other than a piece of cotton between the match at the end of the fuse, and the abrasive surface in the interior of the rubber cap. The other reglamentary grenade was a spanish version of the Lafitte offensive grenade, sometimes supplemented by and additional security device in the form of a textile band with a lead weight at one end around the body of the granade, after throwing the grenade, gravity pulls the lead and unwraps the cloth, so the contact fuze is ready to function with a minor contact.

At the republican zone, the Ferrobellum consortium (communist lead) at Madrid made several hand and mortar grenades, and also pistol and rifle ammo. Also at Madrid, the 5th Regiment (also communist lead) was the core of 1st Mixed Brigade and probably the best trained and equiped of the republican militias, had an organization capable not only of recruiting soldiers, but also of financing the war, feeding and giving uniforms to all the ranks of the regiment and even arming them. The hand grenade "5th regiment" was a sample of this: primitive in nature, it was a cast cylinder closed by two metallic sheets bolted together, with a fuse that was inserted prior to be used.

A similar fused was the "Asturias" grenade which was made in the North by the miners of the very leftist Asturias (oftenly called "the red one") and had a cast iron body. One of the most used republican grenade was the Universal Grenade (here is shown the grenade of 6 rows, there was another slightly longer of 8 rows), a copy of a French WWI era grenade it was made also of cast iron, and was equipped with any available fuze: here is depicted with a Spanish made version of the polish fuze. A similar cylindrical grenade was called "de discos": when used with the proper Brilliant fuze, the grenade could be fired from a grenade discharger and the discs of the bottom of the body were the "seal" of the projectile, but when another fuze was used, it only could be thrown by hand. Finally, a dangerous weapon, made by the anarchists FAI factories in Catalonia, was called "La Impracial" (the impartial one) because it killed friends and foes alike (that was due the powerful spring of the safety, even when wrapped by a Lafitte like cloth and lead weight, the spring was so powerful the ignites the grenade prematurely), which was a heavy (almost 3 pounds) and difficult to be thrown by hand to a sabe distance.

In the first year of the war, the republicans ordered a huge amount of polish weapons, among them were the reliable and well liked defensive grenade GR-31, and the offensive grenade GR-33 (which was called "bed ball", due the resemblance of the grenade with the then common end of the bronze ends of the beds). The polish grenades, both offensive and defensive, were very copied in Spain, both body and fuzes. But as the cast body production was faster than the fuze production, any available fuse was used (even the most primitives wick fuses), a good match was the body of a bed ball grenade with a soviet UZRGM like fuse (probably an ancestor of that fuze, as it was introduced only in 1942). This fuzes were standard in the soviet made F1 grenades, which were also very numerous in the republican side.

The francoist side used intensively the hand grenades of italian and German origin (mainly offensive ones, and all the italian were contact-fuzed, instead of the more usual time-fuzed), as well as the reglamentary Tonelete and Lafitte grenades. Cheers.


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Post subject: Re: Real Gunbucket For Real DesignsPosted: September 21st, 2019, 11:45 pm
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Excellent drawings, Rey!


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