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90 degree barrel

From Mythbusters:

7 Responses to “90 degree barrel”

  1. Robert Says:

    Not sure why it would be considered a “myth”. The Germans had a 90 degree barrel machine gun in WW2.

  2. one-eyed Jack Says:

    Also some M3/M3A1 “Grease Guns” had bent barrels. Jack.

  3. Wilson Says:

    Yes, it’s an old and proven idea. The US experimented with the concept after WWII but nothing came of it.

    http://wilson–blog.blogspot.com/2010/03/people-with-guns-collection-19.html

  4. AndyN Says:

    They got rid of the hot redhead and they’re now resorting to trying to bust easily verifiable historical facts? Why is that show even still on?

  5. Joat Says:

    Is that now a short barrel rifle? Measured in a straight line it’s got to be less than 16″ now.

  6. MAJMike Says:

    The Germans made a 90 degree barrel to fit on the StuG 44. It fit into a fixture port on tank turrets to serve as a close defense weapon against Red Army “tank killers”. In automatic mode, the bullets badly fragmented (not such a bad feature) and the barrel shot itself smooth quickly.

    I don’t think it ever achieved general issue. Just another example of a needless diversion of scarce resources into a dead end project.

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