Why isn't the BAR considered the first assault rifle?
>1 man crew
No it wasn't. It was an automatic rifle.
That term back in the 20's-40's means a rifle that has more rounds than usual (i.e. bolt/semi auto rifle). And whose job is to provide a base of fire so cunts with rifles can maneuver around the enemy and kill his ass
"assault rifle" is a void term that doesn't encompasses the variety of fierarm development.
Trying to label such and such gun as an assault rifle is stupid, especially if the gun was designed before the term was created.
It got it's nomiker not from the capacity of the clipazine or it's caliber. The name is derived from the german word "sturmgewehr" which means "storming rifle" or quite literally an assault rifle. It set the benchmark and thus became the kleenex/google/computer of it's time.
It kind of makes me wonder why criminals choose the BAR rifle of all guns to use.
because back in ye olden days people thought
>detachable magazines would always get lost and weren't that much better than stripper clips
>800 yards is combat range
>muh stoppin powa
>full auto is useless for riflemen
>magazine cutoffs are a good idea
shit like that
Because the Mondragon is a far better fit to the criteria than either the BAR or Madsen, though it too is more of a battle rifle. If the Remington Model 8 had ever been selective fire it would have been the first true assault rifle, though.
Because it's a machine gun, not an assault rifle. Not that difficult to wrap your head around.
I agree with Max Popenker's assessment that the first military-adopted firearms that meet the criteria for assault rifles are those select-fire Winchesters the French used in the 1900s.
>This concept was supported by practical experience gained during the Great War with the French-issued US-made Winchester M1907 self-loading rifles. These handy carbines were initially bought from the USA by the French army to arm aircraft observers, but machine guns soon replaced rifles in this role. On the other hand, compact and handy carbines that fired a good “stopper” cartridge (.351 WSL, also known as 9x35SR, with round-nosed bullets) were excellent weapons for close combat on battlefield. Fitted with extended magazines (15- or 20-round capacity), bayonet mount, and, in some cases, converted to fire in full-auto, these little rifles became progenitors of the modern “assault rifle” concept, which is, in basic terms, an automatic carbine firing reduced-power ammunition. This reduced-power ammunition is also known as intermediate power ammunition (or simply “intermediate cartridges”), as it is less powerful than standard military rifle ammo but more powerful than typical handgun ammo.
Fuck Hitler for popularizing the term "sturmgewehr." Machine carbine sounds more better and more accurate.
Prvi Partizan still produces new 7.92x33mm Kurz.
The StG 44 prototypes were initially called machine carbines, until their development had to be concealed from the administration, which was opposed to the creation of a new rifle caliber - leading to the machine pistol designation. Finally, Hitler decided he liked the product anyways and called it the storm rifle for propaganda purposes.
I always thought "assault rifle" was a pretty silly name for them, anyway.
I mean, what if you're not assaulting? What if you're holding a position? Does that mean you're using it wrong?
Machine carbine makes more sense.