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It was however a capable weapon and the Germans trialled out abandoned ones post Dunkirk. They couldn't get them to shoot straight, we had been a little naughty and bent the barrels before ditching them!
Dashed unsporting that. It was a capable weapon but not as an anti-tank rifle. Very good for taking pot-shots at softskins and the like, but not so good for armour plate.
 

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Dashed unsporting that. It was a capable weapon but not as an anti-tank rifle. Very good for taking pot-shots at softskins and the like, but not so good for armour plate.
The Russians persisted with an AT rifle well into WW2 but that may have been need over availability. They didn't develop a hollow charge firing weapon in time, they just used what Adolfs men left behind. They seemed to believe that even 14.5 ap was better than nothing and it was introduced in 1941 in a hurry. Used against turret rings and vision slits it was better than nothing
Edited to add that the USSR didn't formally withdraw it until the 1960's the PTRD 41 was still used by satellite countries and client organisations much later. We know they dont chuck stuff away but it was introduced as a result of its tanks suffering from Polish anti tank rifles in 1939.
 
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Here's a thought, fit a telescopic sight..... Snipers weapon??
Early Barrett .50 cal rifles weren't meant to be used as sniping weapons, the systems recoiling barrel didn't allow it to be accurate enough. Anti material yes. Anyone hit with a round from a Barrett was seriously unlucky. There werent even scopes capable of adjusting to the distance the round shot effectively!
 
Here's a thought, fit a telescopic sight..... Snipers weapon??
Im sure on an early forgotten weapons or something there was a boys rechambered to .50 BMG for an early 50s anti material weapon trial.

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Im sure on an early forgotten weapons or something there was a boys rechambered to .50 BMG for an early 50s anti material weapon trial.

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There have been various attempts to reinvent the wheel, in the late 80's early 90's a Gunner Major of my acquaintance provided a Boyes for them to test at Lydd. He didn't enjoy firing it. Various trial weapons were being used for comparison against Barretts output!
 
.55in, ok against the occasional panzer 1, lightly armoured vehicles and geriatric bath chairs.

Best way to fire it - remotely, it had a kick worse than an elephant gun!

Became obsolete by the time the panzer iv entered service.
Then again, the Japanese didn't have Panzer IVs...
 
.55in, ok against the occasional panzer 1, lightly armoured vehicles and geriatric bath chairs.

Best way to fire it - remotely, it had a kick worse than an elephant gun!

Became obsolete by the time the panzer iv entered service.
The USMC Raiders in the Pacific Apparently had to hump these around and nicknamed them "Elephant guns" as well. One was used (Along with BAR's) to shoot down a Kawanishi H8K flying Boat as it tried to land in the lagoon during the Makin Island raid.
 

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It was however a capable weapon and the Germans trialled out abandoned ones post Dunkirk. They couldn't get them to shoot straight, we had been a little naughty and bent the barrels before ditching them!
So bent they issued them as the 13.9 mm Panzerabwehrbüchse 782(englisch), short version, PzB 782(e) to second line units

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There have been various attempts to reinvent the wheel, in the late 80's early 90's a Gunner Major of my acquaintance provided a Boyes for them to test at Lydd. He didn't enjoy firing it. Various trial weapons were being used for comparison against Barretts output!
Does he still have it?

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Does he still have it?

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Not sure but he has some quite heavy artillery, mainly coastal guns! He did tow a 25 pounder to Bisley for us to fire at midnight of our anniversary bash, a very drunken evening it was!
 
It was however a capable weapon and the Germans trialled out abandoned ones post Dunkirk. They couldn't get them to shoot straight, we had been a little naughty and bent the barrels before ditching them!
And of course germans cant determine bent barrels
 

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It was however a capable weapon and the Germans trialled out abandoned ones post Dunkirk. They couldn't get them to shoot straight, we had been a little naughty and bent the barrels before ditching them!
There is a description of the Boys ATR use by the Finns against T-28s. The user basically took pot-shots at the unsupported tank at close range from the forest at the side of the road until the Russian crew bailed out.
 

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And of course germans cant determine bent barrels
If its bent just enough to cause the shot to be out of adjustment its a right twat to put right! Owners of some 1970's PH mauser actions will understand, the scope rails didn't align on a big batch and the only option is an adjustable set of mounts. Now imagine that its beyond even that. Frustrating indeed.
 

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And of course germans cant determine bent barrels
The Krummlauf (English: "curved barrel") is a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle developed by Germany in World War II. The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position.
below- StG44 mit Krummlauf beneath a HK G3
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The Krummlauf (English: "curved barrel") is a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle developed by Germany in World War II. The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position.
Indeed a deliberately produced device, there was also a ball mount roof version in late Panzers for shooting russians off your back deck
 

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