My point being that it was USED as a light machine gun, and was not very successful in that role. Yet it seems to maintain a reputation beyond its usefulness. For WWI, it was excellent, but completely overshadowed by WWIIThe BAR was not a light machine gun but an automatic rifle
Another that could be argued is the T-34 tank. I think while it had some good qualities, it was its sheer numbers that made it a winner, less than the qualities of the tank itself.
One such weapon that comes to mind, is the Mosin Nagant rifle - I have seen it placed on a pedestal and some have even gone as far as to say it "won WWII".
It was certainly a rugged weapon, but in reality, it was a liability for infantry in a fast-paced engagement, particularly street to street fighting.
Even the Germans were replacing the K98 with the MP40 at unit level by 1943 for that very reason.
Agreed x3. The ONLY reason that rifle is so popular in North America is because it is still inexpensive. Once supplies start to dry up, and the price goes up to match other milsurps, it will be regarded more accuratelyThe Mosin was a stone ax vs the more refined qualities of the K98
Not entirely relevant but I used a Russian Vostok .22 target rifle for a while. It looked as if it had been used as a cricket bat but it shot very well. Don't let it's look out you offAgreed x3. The ONLY reason that rifle is so popular in North America is because it is still inexpensive. Once supplies start to dry up, and the price goes up to match other milsurps, it will be regarded more accurately