View Full Version : Smith & Wesson Light Rifle

12-11-2015, 10:17 AM
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In 1940, Britainís request for a paramilitary 9mm semi-auto carbine resulted in the rapid creation of the Smith & Wesson Light Rifle design and 1,010 were sent overseas. But there was a problem Ė these guns were made to fire American 9mm ammunition and European 9mm loadings were too powerful. At the end of WWII, the British elected to destroy all but five of their Light Rifles.

In 1975, Smith & Wesson released the remaining Light Rifles they had retained.

The wide vertical housing of this design holds the box magazine and an internal port through which spent casings drop out after firing.

12-11-2015, 10:56 AM
Kind of a weird looking contraption with that giant beavertail hanging out of the bottom. I wonder why they would do that, rather than just letting the cases drop right out of the receiver. Perhaps the idea was to keep the casings from falling on the operators forearm if they were holding it kind of funny...who knows.

12-11-2015, 11:02 AM
Is this an open bolt design like the Sten?

12-11-2015, 11:41 AM
The British elected to destroy all but five of these guns at the end of the war....what a waste....