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Model 45A rifle

Model 45A
Image

Type Place of origin

Battle rifle United States Philippines

Production history
Designer Melvin Johnson Roman Korsac Designed 1945

Specifications
Cartridge Caliber Barrels Action Feed system .30-06 7.62mm 1 Gas 20 round detatchable box magazine Sights Optical

The Model 45A was a battle rifle / light machine gun developed by the United States Army in the Philippines in 1945. The weapon existed in prototype or mockup form, but never entered production. The rifle was sparsely documented until Tom Laemlein encountered a number of annotated photographs of the rifle in the archives of the United States Army Signal Corps.

Design
The rifle was constructed in bullpup configuration, utilising the magazine from the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. Rather than iron sights, it featured an integral scope. Its purpose is unclear, but it is alternately described as a "experimental .30 caliber LMG" or a "field expedient .30 cal."

Users

Philippines: Philippine Commonwealth Army & Philippine Constabulary[citation needed] United States: United States Army Signal Corps[citation needed]

See also

M1946 Sieg automatic rifle SLEM-1 Enfield EM-2

References

Tom Laemlein. The Incredible U.S. Model 45A. Small Arms Review, January 2010.

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