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Old March 10, 2000, 01:51 AM   #5
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 24,136
Even if it didn't actually strike the ground, having a major piece of the operating mechanism flapping about outside the gun was not a really good idea. It was a pioneering effort, but later stuff was better. In fact, Marlin made an MG in WWI that was essentially the potato digger with a conventional gas piston; it served well, mostly in vehicles, but was retired after the war in favor of the Brownings.

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