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Posted by: andyana I was browsing Wikipedia when I came across this monster: http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/1115/scan0001xtb.jpg What a weird idea! Does anybody know anything about the history or rationale behind a bolt-action bullpup rifle? Were any other bolt-actions converted, like the Lee-Enfield or Mauser?
Posted on: 24/01/2013 15:14:00

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Posted by: DAZ REICH
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Joined Date: Monday, 25 February 2013
They were made for use by troops serving in the Panama canal and called the Bushmaster, sadly most were destroyed by their owners when they got rid of them into the canal when they received more modern weapons (so I have read), there is some nice rare pics of them in this excellent 'Gunporn' book from Osprey that I have just bought. http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/US-Small-Arms-in-World-War-II_9781849084949
Posted on: 24/01/2013 18:30:00
Posted by: fletc
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Joined Date: Thursday, 19 November 2009
The Bushmaster was a Springfield with a shortened barrel, not a bull pup.
Posted on: 25/01/2013 02:33:00
Posted by: DAZ REICH
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Joined Date: Monday, 25 February 2013
Forgot to say they made a carbine version of the Lee Enfield No4, which was called the No5 Jungle carbine, it was only made for a few years and was not that successful due to the excessive recoil and flash and the fact the sights forever needed re-zeroing, original examples are quite sought after now and there are plenty of fakes/reproduction ones about, which can be spotted as they do not have areas of the metalwork milled out to lighten the weapon.
Posted on: 25/01/2013 08:43:00

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