Mike takes his open bolt Sterling Mk.4 in 9mm Para out to 100m and 200m to see what it's capable of at its sighted ranges, which are pretty much "long range" for an open-bolt SMG. The results are interesting though!
We do a deep dive into the trigger mechanism, fire selector and burst fire mechanism of the FAMAS F1 using period docs and Chap's arts 'n' crafts models. The mechanisms illustrate perfectly the ingenious solutions that designers had to come up with for first generation bullpups.
For more info on the lever delayed blowback breech system, here's one I made earlier: https://youtu.be/DGctMiCvD3A
Warning: This vid does not contain firing. Comments bemoaning this will be met with extreme sarcasm!
ENGLISH VERSION HERE: https://youtu.be/vaq06ncivcA
Découvrez les secrets du boîtier de mécanismes du FA MAS, ce petit module qui réunit un ensemble de gâchettes particulier ainsi qu'un limiteur de rafale digne d'un chronographe de luxe.
Thanks to the guys at M426 in Wangen an der Aare, here's a Silenced STEN Mk.II(S) that's not quite right. We take a look and show how to tell a fake.
9mm Para Parabellum
sub machine gun
Following this earlier vid on the Sterling's mechanics here: https://youtu.be/ruD5b_T2DtU I had the fine fellows of M426 in Wangen an der Aare block my Sterling Mk.4 / L2A3 SMG at semiauto, so that it can actually be fired on a range any time (not permitted if it's still a full auto, even if only firing semiauto). This is the one plus point of the new Swiss law.
So we took it out to 25m to see how it did!
In this vid we take a look at an Enfield L39A1 (target rifle counterpart to the L42A1 sniper rifle) and an Envoy, and discuss the "in-between" model, the No4. 7.62 CONV.
Built on unused Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.2 type actions in 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester, these were the official contributions from the Enfield factory for the transition from .303 SR(b) shooting, using tricked-out conventional No.4 rifles, when the Target Rifle discipline went over to the heavy-barrelled 7.62mm era, breaking the link with the service rifle. Although any rifle fulfilling the criteria could be used, the No.4 conversions were still winning big prizes at long range into the late-80's or possibly even the 90's.
Link to LERA's page on serial numbers: https://lee-enfield.org/lera-info/15-target-rifle/76-enfield-l39-and-7-62-conv-rifles-manufacturing-records
ENGLISH VERSION HERE: https://youtu.be/DGctMiCvD3A
Le Chap explore le concepte du verouillage de culasse non-calé à retardement par levier, un système certes rârement utilisé dans les armes actuelles mais qui a néanmois connus un certain succès dans les armes réglementaires franco-françaises FAMAS et AA52.
Chap takes a look at the principle of lever delayed blowback using some uniquely French examples (naturellement, notamment un FAMAS et un AA52), a spring, a brass rod and bits of wood.
A little teasing look at Chappie's Manhurin-built SIG SG 540 in .223 Rem on the 300m range.
Blokey likey. It's kinda the M16A1 of the SIG range :)
Also served as practice for working with a handheld Rode Wireless Go in an interview stick.
Mike takes a look at the mechanics of an L2A3 SMG / Sterling Mark 4, and gives a potted history of the 9mm submachine gun which replaced the STEN machine carbine in British service and served for around 40 years.
Link to Sterling commercial manual: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A0Mh1m9GJ_ouC3HmIURcSwI6pEvfVami/view?usp=sharing
And yes, this was indeed the basis of the Star Wars E11 blaster.
A discussion around the Lee-Enfield No.4 rifle in Service Rifle (b) configuration, centre bedded by Alfred J Parker of Birmingham. An earlier extra vid of this rifle being shot is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NaeIkGrkLE
SR(b) was the forerunner of British/Commonwealth Target Rifle, fired with the .303 British and Commonwealth service rifles of the day. Externally, aside from a mid sling swivel and target sights, they're standard. However, various internal perfections were permitted, after experiments running from late 1952 to early 1953 with various alternative methods of stocking-up. Centre bedding had been applied in India to refurbished No.4 rifles, and it was trialled, leading to its adoption for NRA competitions at Bisley and elsewhere, although the British army didn't adopt it itself.
Canadian maintenance manual: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YjHVdfuHz8fNTGIhpSZPcyF6QFlepbZD/view?usp=sharing
In which we test as many types of Lee-Enfield No.4 rear sight as possible, to see at what range setting on the leaf corresponds to the point of impact given by the battle sight with the leaf folded down. A surprising result, which needs more empirical research in respect of the Mk.1 milled sights!
Also includes a discussion of the whys and wherefores of the different types.
Since I had the very interesting book Verschlußsysteme von Feuerwaffen which contains the best diagrammatic representation of the difference between roller delay (e.g. HK G3 rifle) and roller locking (e.g. Vz.52 pistol), I took it upon myself to make a little addendum to Ian of Forgotten Weapons's videos on the subject.
Bloke takes his shiny new M16A1 from 1980 +/- 3 years to the 300m range and sights it in. And is rather impressed by it. Chappie rather likes it too! Man of tastes, he is
Finally, back in the saddle looking at the trials which led from the Schmidt-Rubin models 1889, 89/96, 1900 and 1905 firing 7.5mm GP90 to the K11 and IG11 firing GP11.
Chap has in itchy trigger finger and finds a handy solution to try out his new antique shootin' iron. All you need are cases, primers and a handy rubber pellet, oh and a drill with 4mm bit.
Indoor percussion kit: https://youtu.be/tCPC2wzTrUA
Le Chap se ronge les ongles depuis la fermeture des stands mais trouve malgré tout des moyens pour faire un peu de tir d'intérieur avec son nouveau revo. mle1873. Il suffit d'avoir des étuis, des amorces et des projectiles un peu spéciaux...ah oui, et une perceuse avec mêche de 4mm!
Kit H&C: https://youtu.be/LoVtL-K8E7I
In this video we look at Military Mauser 98 (Gewehr 98, Kar98AZ / Kar98a, Kar98k) accuracy based on figures from German the 1909 and pre-WW2 Schiessvorschrift. We also look at the WW2 era K98k acceptance standard, including the 300m test for the Japanese 98k contract, and a 1901 Hythe test of two Gew98's.
Annotated 1909 Schiessvorschrift: https://archive.org/details/schiessvorschrif00prus
Consolidated spreadsheet: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uY_KQeadto4NMSKh402t1DoS5oLyV203
Vickers Machine Gun Association website: https://vickersmg.blog/
Vickers Machine Gun Association channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClf4SadYI3MMOowV_D1y-rw
Vickers Machine Gun Association Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/vickersmg/posts
The Chap takes a look at Ian McCollum's first book on his favourite subject. There is of course much praise for Ian's efforts not only to bring more understanding of French firearms to the average collector but also to dispel some of the more negative stereotypes associated with them. There are nonetheless a few minor niggles, because you can't please everyone ;-)
Critique littéraire du livre "Chassepot to FAMAS" de Ian McCollum. Ce livre est peut-être l'unique volume dans la langue de Shakespeare qui traite le sujet des principales armes d'épaules militaires de 1866 à 2016 d'une façon claire et concise. Non-seulement le livre renseigne le lecteur au sujet de l'évolution des armes, accompagnée de plages photographiques de très haute qualité, mais aussi le contexte de chaque décision technique est expliqué, une chose qui à jusqu'à maintenant manquée à la littérature anglo-saxonne sur les armes Françaises.
So, it turns out that Neil of The Wirksworth Gunroom was looking after a very interesting piece that I had no prior knowledge of: BSA's competitor to the trials which resulted in the adoption of the 5.56mm L98A1 Cadet GP monstrosity rifle that I suffered as a CCF cadet at school back in the 90's. This rifle succeeded the .303 Lee-Enfield No.4 in Cadet use, and was horrible. Not sure this BSA competitor is much better though, honestly!
Finally going over to the semiauto L98A2 was definitely a good idea...
Neil's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsMW_2E0Thy68veG2RQczVg
Our Finnish friends Varusteleka www.varusteleka.com organised a Remote Military March in these times of Corona. Rules are military kit, 25 or 50 km, nutters can wear respirators, at least 10kg of gear not including clothing, water and food.
So we went full wool: French M1935 pattern clothing and equipment, and British 1937 pattern battledress and webbing. Both in some semblance of fighting order. How did each set perform on the way back down from Zweisimmen in the Berner Oberland???
British Pattern 37 manual: http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1937/manuals/pdf/britp37.pdf
Varusteleka's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Varusteleka
Chappy tries his hand at the début de siècle pre-WW1 French Berthier Cavalry Carbine exercises. How does he do with his 8x50R Lebel M16 Berthier Mousqueton?
Almost 7,000 .22" Lee-Enfield No.8 small bore training rifles are awaiting disposal in the UK. If they're not bought by a government organisation such as the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Programme) in the US then they'll be shredded and sold as scrap metal. Can you help get the Powers that Be in the CMP get eyes-on this vid and on this Freedom of Information Request?
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