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LE
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don’t hold that magazine folks - and that’s a much less loose STEN than many
In your vast experience...

You fucking moronic google expert.
 

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LE
does make you wonder why one of the more complex and least used features of the STEN lived on through the MkV
They wouldn't have bothered with the extra parts and cost if there were no pressing operational reason to have the feature.

In this case, IIRC, when rotated, it reduced the number of protrusions on the gun for insertion through a parachute harness.

Edit: here is an IWM photo showing a MkII with the magazine housing rotated:

Edit#2: the protrusion issue is also to do with rigging line snagging, for those not familiar with military parachuting.


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LE
They wouldn't have bothered with the extra parts and cost if there were no pressing operational reason to have the feature.

In this case, IIRC, when rotated, it reduced the number of protrusions on the gun for insertion through a parachute harness.

Edit: here is an IWM photo showing a MkII with the magazine housing rotated:

Edit#2: the protrusion issue is also to do with rigging line snagging, for those not familiar with military parachuting.


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With the mag housing rotated did it not also serve as a dust cover as it closed over the receiver and ejection ports?
 
They wouldn't have bothered with the extra parts and cost if there were no pressing operational reason to have the feature.

In this case, IIRC, when rotated, it reduced the number of protrusions on the gun for insertion through a parachute harness.

Edit: here is an IWM photo showing a MkII with the magazine housing rotated:

Edit#2: the protrusion issue is also to do with rigging line snagging, for those not familiar with military parachuting.


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and yet, paratroops assorted jumped just fine with loaded Thompsons, and Polish Paratroops simply carried the STEN mag well inwards (with a pistol grip) so they could Just insert a mag and rock and roll. Matey here has to rotate his mag well, then dig out his butt stock and fit it before he’s good to go.
the rotating mag well certainly seems to fit in the ‘good idea on paper, but 99.9% of users manage just fine without using it’ catagory.
 
Rifles had them even earlier, as with the Lee Metford updates in about 1893.
The mystery of who first invented it will remain unsolved.
 
and yet, paratroops assorted jumped just fine with loaded Thompsons, and Polish Paratroops simply carried the STEN mag well inwards (with a pistol grip) so they could Just insert a mag and rock and roll. Matey here has to rotate his mag well, then dig out his butt stock and fit it before he’s good to go.
the rotating mag well certainly seems to fit in the ‘good idea on paper, but 99.9% of users manage just fine without using it’ catagory.
It was also supplied to resistance fighters. The rotating mag housing made it easier to pack into containers for dropping by parachute and easier to carry concealed. They probably should have made a version with a fixed mag well, as Patchett did.
 
They wouldn't have bothered with the extra parts and cost if there were no pressing operational reason to have the feature.

In this case, IIRC, when rotated, it reduced the number of protrusions on the gun for insertion through a parachute harness.

Edit: here is an IWM photo showing a MkII with the magazine housing rotated:

Edit#2: the protrusion issue is also to do with rigging line snagging, for those not familiar with military parachuting.


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Smock without denison camo pattern and trousered leg - very fallschirmjaeger-esk.
Are those carrying positions really secure ? Id wager you wouldnt find a piece on me on landing !
 

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LE
Smock without denison camo pattern and trousered leg - very fallschirmjaeger-esk.
Are those carrying positions really secure ? Id wager you wouldnt find a piece on me on landing !

The parachute harness is fitted tight on the ground, but pulls rock tight when under tension between body and opened chute.
 

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