You are wasting your time, everyone on Arrse apart from you is sat in a Chinese troll factory on the outskirts of Wuhan. From my seat I can see most of them. Should be time for a tea break in 30 minutes.I'm just curious about it, the british army is something I like to know stuff about, isn't that the point of this forum?, chill dude
Given the difficulty that we had* to get Sappers to pass an APWT shooting at Figure 11 targets at 300m, I always thought that expecting us to shoot at targets the size of a can of pledge half buried in sand was a bit optimistic.An anti material rifle is an effoff lump of metal, with rounds to match, that you have to lug around. All very well if you've got a vehicle. A tw@t if it's your legs for as far the eye can see, and you'll be lugging a Bergen with the usual shit crammed in and possibly your own IW as well.
A .338 AW job is already on issue to qualified troops, is a lot more manageable in terms of size and weight , and the round will reliably knacker an engine block at a km on soft vehicles.
That said, there is a good use for .50 cal rifles eg EoD as has been pointed out.
Yes, it was used by the LRDG to put holes in Luftwaffe aircraft as they sat on their dispersals. The main limitation to its effectiveness in that was that the ammunition wasn't developed beyond two or three ball rounds and a couple of practice types, so they had to be sure to poke the holes in the right parts else they'd just whizz out the other side.The posts up
Fredthread about the Boys anti-tank rifle have got me thinking that it could and most likely was used as an anti-materiel weapon