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    Default The Owen sub-machine gun

    "The Owen was the only entirely Australian-designed and constructed service submachine gun of World War II and was used by the Australian Army from 1943 until the mid-1960s."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Gun

    https://www.militaryfactory.com/smal...allarms_id=479


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Owen

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlfamm View Post
    "The Owen was the only entirely Australian-designed and constructed service submachine gun of World War II and was used by the Australian Army from 1943 until the mid-1960s."
    From Wiki:

    " The placement of the magazine allows gravity to assist the magazine spring in pushing cartridges down to the breech, which improves feeding reliability. "

    Is there some reason why the Aussies alone weren't able to make magazine springs that work properly so they could put the magazine in the right place?

    Steve

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    It was also used in the Vietnam war
    Last edited by mirhamxa; 12-12-2018 at 06:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    From Wiki:

    " The placement of the magazine allows gravity to assist the magazine spring in pushing cartridges down to the breech, which improves feeding reliability. "

    Is there some reason why the Aussies alone weren't able to make magazine springs that work properly so they could put the magazine in the right place?

    Steve
    It's cause they're down under. Right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    From Wiki:

    " The placement of the magazine allows gravity to assist the magazine spring in pushing cartridges down to the breech, which improves feeding reliability. "

    Is there some reason why the Aussies alone weren't able to make magazine springs that work properly so they could put the magazine in the right place?

    Steve
    It sounds like the magazine design added to it's reliability. Springs are fine, but springs strong enough to push 33 bullets can make it a hassle to load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danlb View Post
    but springs strong enough to push 33 bullets can make it a hassle to load.
    My Mac mags are 32 rounders. Takes a lot longer to load them than it does to empty them.

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    If concerned about a spring then why not a drum mag under the gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danlb View Post
    It sounds like the magazine design added to it's reliability. Springs are fine, but springs strong enough to push 33 bullets can make it a hassle to load.
    I'll take tiny bit (strongly stressing "tiny bit") of loading hassle over can't see the frickin' target any day.

    This is one of the lessons I just was teaching to a 23 year old. If you think something should be done a certain way, and EVERYONE else thinks it should be done another way, there is probably a good chance you are the one who is wrong.

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    This post needs some pics.
    The designer started at 16 years of age. He Owen has many unique features.


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    The Owen wasn't all that strange, at least for a Commonwealth design. The Brits were ridiculously devoted to the Bren LMG, which also fed downhill.

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