There’s a reason they dropped their SMLE’s as soon as they could in exchange for AKs. Bolt action rifles were technologically obsolete by 1918, nevermind the korean war or afghanistanThats why I said technologically obsolete (outdated). Bolt actions were outclassed in almost everyway by semi-autos, thus technologically obsolete. The only reason a nation would keep using a bolt action is if they simply were unable to quickly adopt a semi-auto. 75 Years Of Being Awesome Since February 1946 Quarantine Edition T-Shirt The Russians, for example, were setting up to have the SVT-40 as their service rifle, but barbarossa ruined their plans. Additionaly WW2 we saw the rise of the SMG, replacing the bolt action in many cases. Bolt actions just really arent that usefull in warfare if you have any other alternatively.
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Yeah, I know it’s not an exact comparison because there have been improvements made but the AR-15/M16 platform is 60 years old now. Or the M2 browning which is nearly 90 years old and used everywhere. Plus the Canadians were still using no.4’s in the artic till a few years ago because they were so reliable in cold weather. No, they lightened and shortened 75 Years Of Being Awesome Since February 1946 Quarantine Edition T-Shirt the handguard, and moved to a vastly improved aperature sight instead of the itty bitty notches Yeah, i mean the Americans were using M1s, M2 Carbines w full auto, NKs had SKSs and even the AK was in service with the Russian military. FAL was built around this time too.I would die to get my hands on a WWI era SMLE though. Little pricey for me, I’m in the Mosin Nagant lane haha
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In my country, we had a gun ‘buyback’ where the Federal Government gave you face value for every weapon you turned in. My Dad turned in a SMLE (not sure of the model), a Sten and a Webley .38 with lanyard from my grandparents. The SMLE had been through the Kokoda campaign, the Webley through North Africa and the Sten through Market Garden. Nope. Whole lot went to scrap metal. This was after some psycho went Postal on a tourist resort and killed 30+ people with an AR-15. The Prime Minister – 75 Years Of Being Awesome Since February 1946 Quarantine Edition T-Shirt a Conservative, and his Deputy, a Super-Conservative, both said ‘This is bullshit. Why does anyone who doesn’t need regular training (cops. soldiers etc.) need a semi-auto weapon? All Australians were required to hand in any weapons they didn’t need.