View Full Version : For those who thought they could ban semi autos....

Grumpy Old Man
01-14-2014, 12:04 PM
Beautiful pics of the Charlton LMG over at http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/01/09/zealands-bolt-action-machine-gun/

What's it have to do with the title? Simple. The Charlton was a wartime improvisation of the SMLE bolt action, converting it to a somewhat awkward but apparently serviceable light machine gun. Don't believe me? Just look at the pics and drool. There are only a very few of these rare beasts left (most were destroyed in a warehouse fire).

And the next time some **** for brains goes on about banning semi autos, but leaving bolt actions alone - well, just smile with the knowledge that as long as you've got a bolt action, ammo, and basic machine tools, there is always a way to get 'er done.....even if it ain't pretty. Kiwis proved that back in '41, just in case there are any doubters reading this.

PS In no way am I advocating breaking any of the unconstitutional laws on the books. Just sayin'...

01-14-2014, 01:18 PM
Bloody hell Grumpy that is some interesting stuff right there.

01-14-2014, 01:21 PM
I had never heard of that before. Very enlightening article and thanks for sharing.

Grumpy Old Man
01-14-2014, 04:19 PM
Thanks guys. First read about the Charlton in one of the fine books by sorely missed author Ian Hogg back in the '80's. Only have one pic here - black & white, very grainy. When I saw those outstanding color pics, I just about jumped for joy; they clearly show the intricacies of the gas system and how it joins to the existing bolt action mechanism. Just wish I could get a similar set of pics of the VG 1-5.

PS If you ever see any book by Ian Hogg, buy it! You won't regret it. The man had a phenomenal knowledge of obscure firearms and military technologies as well as a store of entertaining anecdotes. I believe it was in his book on grenades and mortars that he recounts finding a squaddie cheerfully pounding a tent peg in with a "Korean hammer" (actually it was a Japanese hand grenade left over from the last war...). Fun reading!

01-14-2014, 06:58 PM
necessity is the mother of all invention ... ain't that the truth! :cool: