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Damn that looks like fun.😀
I've shot the "grease gun". While they are bulky and not very ergonomically friendly, they are still very controllable to shoot and they served their purpose well. I had never seen or heard of the model without a charging handle. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to clear a split case under combat conditions using your finger in an attempt to open the bolt and eject a spent cartridge.
I haven't seen one up close, have seen pictures. Later version, to make it even more cheap and fast to produce, just had the hole in the bolt for your finger.Which, as you say, must've been a serious PITA when the action got dirty, or you had a problem.
Got to hold one. Heavier than I thought it would be.My old man claimed it was the best gun the military had. It was our version of the AK. Said "Could leave it under a tree a year and it would still work."
Forgotten Weapons M3 & M3A1 "Grease Gun"https://youtu.be/6ivr4QdhVtU
Fired 'em both as a NG M60 tanker. Fun & easy gun to shoot, very controllable. Charging handle was more trouble than it was worth, A1 version was an improvement. Don't think that big heavy bolt (about 2" solid steel, maybe weighed a pound) would jam on anything. And as we usually wore leather work gloves never thought twice about sticking a finger in that bolt opening to charge.
Maybe they didn't expect you to clear a jam under combat conditions. Throw it away and look for another weapon. As for the weight, the timing on a simple open-bolt mechanism is controlled by the mass of the bolt divided by the spring force. A powerful cartridge like .45 ACP requires a strong spring, so the bolt had to be massive.
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