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Old September 19, 2020, 01:26 PM   #27
T. O'Heir
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Join Date: February 13, 2002
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"...SMLE's were issued with a spare magazine..." Nope. No. 1 Mk III series rifles mags actually had a wee chain holding 'em to the rifle. Troopies were issued with 5 round mag chargers(aka stripper clips). Ditto for No. 4 Mk I series rifles. It was 5 because anything bigger would be a gigantic pain to carry.
The mag cut off was dispensed with after the early battles of W.W. I showed how useless it was and because it simplified manufacturing.
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