Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:41 PM
Heard of it, read about it in books, saw pictures... never saw a real example before.
The Charlton conversion, or Charlton Automatic Rifle was a way to make a light support weapon out of an SMLE rifle. 10 shot SMLE magazines could be used, as wel as modified BREN magazines. There was an Australian version as well.
Some pics I took:
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Charlton Automatic Rifle
Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:05 PM
The reason thta only five are left is that the rest were destroyed in a warehouse fire.
The father of both though is the Howell which dates from the First World War.
I have handles both the Reider and the Charlton but not fired them However, I was fortunate enough to fire an original Howell rifle a few years ago.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:24 PM
The gun in your second pic is the Reider, right?
Interesting stuff, these experimental weapons!
Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:03 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:51 AM
All the NZ conversions were made from Lee Metford or Long Lee Enfield rifles - not SMLE's. The army was so short of old rifles that 725 of the conversions were from rifles impressed or donated by the public. It is quite possible that this would have included commercially made Lee Metford and Long Lee Enfield rifles, perhaps even marked "Lee Speed Patent"; we shall never know.
All the Australian conversions were from SMLE not old pattern rifles.
About 10 Charlton's are known to exist worldwide not including copy's. No doubt a few more will be discovered over the years.
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