Originally Posted by ScottG
The subject is best, right? No real way of knowing.
The Enfield's were the same way. Until semi-auto firearms replaced the bolt action, the LEs didn't need to change much. Doesn't mean they are any better than the Springfields or Mausers.
I agree in principle, I like the M1 and at the time it was revolutionary idea to equipe every soldier with a semi automatic weapon, when at a time when the British Army's opinion was that the British soldier was likely to 'waste' ammunition! It was 1956 before they changed their view.... The SMLE was in only one area superior to the Mausers (and M1903 of course), in that they have a far more rapid rate of fire with the bolt, due to the length of the case and the action...........