THE GUN - 1976 English documentary


An excellent series, made even more poignant for somebody living here by the incredibly lax treatment of the huge number of historical firearms, particularly when they just pick one one, shoot it, put it down and immediately pick up another and shoot it, and then......

Back then, before Hungerford and Dunblane, legal shooters in UK could have more or less anything they wanted, so long as it wasn't a full-auto. The young lady shooting the Thompson has dispensation to do so - no Class 3's here in UK, sad to say.

Part 8 makes a great play for the 'next battle rifle' showing the ill-fated EM" of the late 1940's. This brilliant and innovative military rifle for the future was comprehensively ****-canned by the socialist government of the time [nothing new there, eh? Fast-forward to 1997 and they banned most cartridge-firing handguns except in Northern Ireland]. The EM2, shown in Forgotten weapons, was not only a bullpup, but fired a .280" bullet at almost 3000 fps, well-exceeding the later 7.62x51 NATO cartridge. There was also a matching SAW - adoption of both these guns in the Commonwealth would undoubtedly have been game-changers in so many ways.

Well worth a watch.
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