Vickers K Machine Gun

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  1. Micdrow

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    Small article on the Vickers K Machine Gun.

    Enjoy!!!!
     

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    I wouldn't fancy firing one from the shoulder, I don't care what they say
     
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    Amazing that in 1939 there was already public awareness about the trend of increasing gun sizes.

    Equally amazing that sensitive technical data in July '39 was not classified.


    Great article.
     
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    Thanks for posting that.

    There was nothing very secret about the Class K: it was a beefed-up and speeded-up version of the Vickers-Berthier light machine gun, which was nearly chosen for the British Army (the Bren just beat it) and was used by the Indian Army. This was in turn based on the French Berthier LMG, which was developed before the First World War.

    The Class K was a very good gun. It was test-flown with the big 300-round drum mentioned, and beat the .303 Browning for reliability. However, the wide drum would have caused problems to accommodate, since it would have interfered with wing structures.

    When Class Ks were removed from aircraft, special forces in the North African Desert liked to attach them to their vehicles, as they liked the higher rate of fire and bigger magazine capacity compared with the Bren. Of course, they couldn't have fired very long bursts without running into overheating problems.
     
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    Very good, Thanks.
     
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    Great article Paul, thanks!
     
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    Hi Lads
    I am looking for more inormation about vicker k maschine gun I need same drowings in cad or pdf with all dimensions.
    Thank You for Your help.
     
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    Hi Bitis, did you ever receive a response to your request? I'm looking for the same thing.

    Regards,
    Derek
     
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    The hand held Vickers K was issued as a ground force weapon in 1944. The Royal Marines for one used it in NW Europe. The fast rate of fire was a nuisance as the ammunition pan emptied in only two or three bursts and the replacement pans were a difficult load for the number 2.
     
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