Angering mistake by the US

Discussion in 'World War I' started by carpenoctem1689, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. carpenoctem1689

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2005
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Student
    The browning automatic rifle (BAR) was withheld from service with our men in the great war for fear that the germans would capture and copy the design, and make there own for use against us. So as an alternative, our doughboys recieved the Cho Cho, french machine gun. It had an open faced, half moon ammunition clip. Need i say more? Imagine the feeding mechanism in the trenches, filling with the mud, and then freezing if it was cold, drying in the heat, or just sitting in there wet, jamming the gun completely. The guns were said to be so poorly manufactured that you couldnt take the parts from one, and put them on another in the field, making repair damn near impossible. The gun jammed constantly from mud intake, from poor construction, and wear and tear that was innevitable in the trenches. Many americans died because this inadequate weapon wouldnt fire when it was needed most. Just pisses me off that our government would do something like that. Any one have thoughts or comments, or would like to express theyre outrage?
     
  2. 102first_hussars

    102first_hussars Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    2,214
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Service Truck Driver For Fountain Tire's Farm And Fleet Service
    Location:
    Edmonton,Alberta
    The Conditions were why the weapons didnt work, The French(Belgians-but they speak french too) are well known for making very good quality weapons, The BAR was made by Browning which alot of its methods of design take after(Now Have Merged with Fabrique Nationale) but so what? in those conditions The Lee Enfeild or the Mauser is about as reliable as you can get. The Ak-47 which is arguably the most reliable weapon ever built wouldnt last in the conditions experienced in WW1, And besides due to those conditions, it making it so there was no sanitary area to clean your weapon, so the US soldiers were carrying uncleaned rifles with really no proper way to clean them.


    Whats an outrage is that US soldiers being sent to vietnam with their brand new plastic rifles, with no cleaning material at all, the rifle had an aluminum barrel so it was obviously going to corrode like a motherf*cker, the powder used with their new ammo was old cheap ball, which was designed for larger calibers such as the 7.62, so as a result of this their rifles fowled during combat while being charged by VC or NVA, that my friend is an outrage, but that doesnt even compare to The Ross Rifles the canadian army was issued during the first world war, that rifle was an excellent tool for marksman practice but, you might as well use it as a club if youre going to war because Well I think you get my point.
     
  3. R Leonard

    R Leonard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2004
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Virginia
    E Gad! Whatever gave you all these odd ideas?

    Ever wonder why the designation for the BAR is M-1918? Do you suppose that the “1918” might mean something in particular? Kind of like the Colt .45 cal. Automatic, the M-1911A1, or the Springfield Rifle, the M-1903? Can you take a wild guess as to what those numbers mean? Further, the BAR was not developed by the US government or the US Army, it was developed by John Browning at the request of the Government to replace the French and British weapons being issued to US troops. And why were they being issued these weapons? Well, maybe because the US did not have an infantry squad machine gun in its inventory.

    And what makes you think it was not used by US troops in WWI?

    The problem, which you seem to want to address as some sort of sordid scheme to insure higher losses, was actually one of development, production, and availability.

    The US entered WWI in April 1917 and troops started seeing combat that summer. Browning and Colt had been working on the design prior to the US entry, and the design was accepted in May 1917. Production contracts were awarded in September, under license, with Marlin Rockwell Corp and Winchester Repeating Arms Co. First delivery by Winchester came at the end of December and from Marlin in the beginning of January 1918. Evidently that was close enough for the 1918 designation, especially since Browning was already producing the M-1917 .30 cal water-cooled machine gun.

    The BAR started making it’s appearance in the summer of 1918 and first went into combat on 12 September. By the time of the Armistice, some 52,000 plus BARs had been delivered and another 50,000 were produced and delivered by late 1919. There was never a withholding for security purposes.

    So, you have private industry developing a weapon, the weapon is accepted, it goes into production and the first units reach the troops all in about 14 months from acceptance, and into combat in 16 months. On the whole, weapons development wise, that’s not too bad, especially for a weapon that remained in service into the 1960s.

    On a personal note, I remember running through about 6 magazines in 1965. From a prone position it was a fairly easy weapon to control and keep on target if you kept your wits about you, very smooth and surprising little recoil. I was about 13 years old at the time.

    About the only thing you got right was the lack of reliability under field conditions of the French weapon, except it was not a “Cho cho”. The weapon was the 8mm Lebel chambered Fusil Mitrailleur Modele 1915 'CRSG' (Model 1915), generally referred to as the “Chauchat.” “Cho-cho” or “Sho-sho” was the American corruption of the pronounciation of Chauchat. US troops also used the Lewis light machine gun which was much more reliable than the Chauchat.

    No offense, but the BAR development and deployment history is pretty straight forward and easily researched. And doesn't come close to what you posted. Criticize the Chauchat as it well deserves (even the French didn't like it, but it was the only game in town), but please save the conspiracy stuff for the folks in the collander hats.

    Rich
     
  4. evangilder

    evangilder "Shooter"
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    19,419
    Likes Received:
    137
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Network Engineer/Photographer
    Location:
    Moorpark, CA
    Home Page:
    Once againa, Rich, good info.
     
  5. FLYBOYJ

    FLYBOYJ "THE GREAT GAZOO"
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2005
    Messages:
    23,202
    Likes Received:
    786
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Aircraft Maintenance Manager/ Flight Instructor
    Location:
    Colorado, USA
    My brother did 2 tours in Nam starting in 67'. He was with the 82nd airborne and spent time in Hue and the Ashore Valley. He said the M-16 was a pain, but you learned to keep it clean, PERIOD! He felt the M-16 was a better weapon and contrary to belief, he said US soldiers AVOIDED using the AK for one reason... In a fire fight the AKs sound was different from the M-16 so by using it you run the risk of drawing friendly fire towards your position, although in a pinch sometimes folks in his platoon were foreced to use captured AK-47s. He actually perfered the M-14.....

    In the last months he was in Nam, he was involved in a lot of close in combat - he actually got his hands on a shotgun - he said that was the best!!!!
     
  6. Vassili Zaitzev

    Vassili Zaitzev Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2005
    Messages:
    3,099
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Substitute teacher; graduate student
    Location:
    Connecticut, United States
    Wait, In Vietnam, why did we switch from the M14 to the M16?
     
  7. FLYBOYJ

    FLYBOYJ "THE GREAT GAZOO"
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2005
    Messages:
    23,202
    Likes Received:
    786
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Aircraft Maintenance Manager/ Flight Instructor
    Location:
    Colorado, USA
    The M-14 I believe was being phased out in 63 or 64.....Prior to that the Army decided they needed to replace the M-14 citing the weight of the weapon as a problem...
     
  8. lesofprimus

    lesofprimus Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,162
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Communications
    Location:
    Long Island Native in Mississippi
    Home Page:
    I carried a sawed off 12 guage as a sidearm in Sierra Leone, Somolia, and Haiti.... Let me just say that for close order combat, there is no finer weapon, and I agree 100% with Joes brother...
     
  9. Twitch

    Twitch Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2006
    Messages:
    809
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    historical combat aviation writer
    Location:
    City of the Angels California
    I trained on the M-14 and M-16 and used the M-16 in the field. The main concern was number of rounds of ammo. One could tote more rounds of 5.56 for the same weight in .308s. The M-16 did not have an aluminum barrel! The BAR was not some monster weapon to handle either. Recoil was no more than the M-14 on auto............
     
  10. MacArther

    MacArther Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Messages:
    1,270
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Junior Historian, Paintballer, Student
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Home Page:
    Hey, is it true that some US units were still using the BAR in Vietnam?
     
  11. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,768
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Not sure on that but would not surprise me since I am still using an M-60D today on my aircraft. My main weapon is a M-9 though.
     
  12. lesofprimus

    lesofprimus Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,162
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Communications
    Location:
    Long Island Native in Mississippi
    Home Page:
    It all really boils down to the type of combat each vet goes through.... Mine was more close order, night insertion ops, so the weaps I prefer were dictated from the type of combat I saw....

    I never liked the M-16, enjoyed the M-4A1, and loved the AK-47... It was better for me to be thought of as a local, than as an American running around with an M-16...
     
  13. carpenoctem1689

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2005
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Student
    I love the AK-47. Having fire the weapon, and the M-16, i would take the AK any day. I like the M-4 for its light weight and small size, but if it boiled down to me making a choice, AK all the way.
     
  14. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,768
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    I like the M-4 because is compact. Easier to stow in my aircraft.
     
  15. Twitch

    Twitch Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2006
    Messages:
    809
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    historical combat aviation writer
    Location:
    City of the Angels California
    Geez, the USMC issued .45s and those were lifesavers for us. Once the M-16 had the feed ramp and breech chromed the "jamming" problems were drastically reduced. We had no problems other than those associated with carelessness and filthy unkept weapons. Never cared for the way the cheap wiggle wooden stock mounted on the AK. Never pointed right to me. The reality of it was for many of our ops that we coulda used just the .45s.
     
  16. davparlr

    davparlr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2006
    Messages:
    2,934
    Likes Received:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    retired avionics engineer
    Location:
    Southern California
    The M-16 has been around for 40 years and has fought in many wars. In spite of gross mismangement on startup, it must be an effective and adaptable weapon. I have heard that there was some complaints on its stopping power in Iraq and an internet rumor of recalling the M-14. I also understand there is a new weapon coming on with a programmable 20mm round added.

    I know the AK-47 is used by a lot of riff-raff because it is available, but does any major military unit (main forces, elite units, etc.) use the AK anymore?

    Long live Ma Duece. The greatest gun ever developed. Of course this is not the subject of this thread. What is the subject of this thread.
     
  17. Chief

    Chief Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Messages:
    372
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Operational Cleaner
    Browning producing the BAR to late in the Great War.
     
  18. redcoat

    redcoat Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2004
    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    30
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Occupation:
    lorry driver
    Location:
    Stockport
    One of the biggest surprises I've come across in weaponry was the fact that the US Marines used a small number of British WW2 vintage Boys anti-Tank rifles in Vietnam :shock:
     
Loading...

Share This Page