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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Now - Worst Ever Guns:

I've featured the smallest ever revolver and the biggest / most powerful revolver - so now maybe it's time for the worst ever made suggestions:

Colt M1877. . it was offered in three calibres, the .32" "Rainmaker", the .38"Long Colt "Lightning", and the .41""Thunderer" -  But sad to say all flavours of the new double action revolver suffered from weak internal components, poor and complicated design and - despite the resounding but unofficial names - all three proved to be so unreliable that they were re-named as "The Gunsmiths' Favourite".

- Now, for the worst ever semi-auto Pistol I have picked the WW2 Japanese Nambu 8mm Taisho 94(Shiki-Kenju 94). - Not only is it ugly as - it had a poorly designed safety that would cause it to fire while partially unlocked, but also the sear had an exposed bar on the side and that would fire the pistol when handled roughly.

My choice of rubbish rifle is either the Cochran or Porter Turret Rifle of 1851 - a percussion multi-shot that had the unfortunate trick of igniting all its loaded chambers together - with startling results - as there was always one chamber facing rearwards pointing directly at the shooter.

- So when firing the Turret Rifle you needed to keep your hands away from the turret chambers  gasses - but your face also needed to be held away from the stock.

Small Note: There are suggestions online that the first military version of the (AR15) M16 rifle (Introduced for use in Vietnam in 1963) would qualify as the worst ever rifle.. This adapted ArmaLite rifle deserves its own story.

"J" suggests that the "worst machine gun"- 'Light Machine Gun' class should be the WW1 USA Mle 1918 30-06 version of the Chauchat that was built in the French Gladiator works (Paris).

The Gladiator built  Chauchats invariably had misaligned sights (low and to the right) - a loose bipod, and featured removable 20 round magazines that had one side open to the elements, mud and gravel.. less than ideal for trench warfare. The Americans more powerful 30-06 ammunition accelerated overheating problems - with the action jamming open after a few rounds fired on full auto. - If loaded fully with 20 rounds the magazines would not feed. - US units would commonly discard their Chauchats in favour of Springfield rifles.

Other versions made in different plants seemed to have performed better for the Belgians and French.

Marty K.