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Old September 19, 2020, 12:34 AM   #26
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I'll have to check but I recall reading that the SMLE's were issued with a spare magazine. Not for use as a loaded rapid reload, but as a ready replacement if the soldier lost the mag from his rifle.

The SMLE magazine doesn't have the kind of feed lips found on later design detachable magazines, and it seems to me that any kind of rough handling of the loaded mag outside the rifle can easily pop rounds loose.

Do remember that until our fairly recent all volunteer army, armies consisted of a few career types, a number of conscripts, and some people who chose military service over a jail sentence.

So, a General's distrust of the common trooper wasn't entirely a matter of class snobbery.
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