.303 Hefah mark I Machine Gun

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.303 Hefah mark I Machine Gun

Post by audrew » 31 Aug 2010 14:53

В июне 1940 г. компания «Дактайл Стил» представила разработанный в инициативном порядке ручной пулемет, представлявший собой значительно упрощенную систему «Льюис». Затвор имел один боевой выступ, возвратно-боевую пружину расположили в трубке, крепившейся к ствольной коробке, снизу монтировался несколько измененный дисковый магазин от «Брэна». Это делало неудобной стрельбу с сошек, и армия от него отказалась. Предполагалось использовать его в качестве зенитного на легких судах. После долгих поисков нашли производственные мощности и пулемет, перешедший в ведение компании «Хефа» (Hefah), в мае 1942 г. был заказан британским ВМФ как «Хефа» Мк 1 (встречается обозначение «Хефа»-V). Производство и применение были весьма ограничены, и уже в ноябре 1944 г. его стали снимать с вооружения.

The Hefah machine-gun was developed as a private venture by the Ductile Steel company in 1940, and was first submitted for a trial in June of the same year.

It was basically a modified Lewis action, simplified to facilitate rapid manufacture. The breech block used only one locking lug, a slightly altered Bren magazine was fitted beneath the gun, and the return spring was contained within a tube projecting from the rear of the receiver. On trial, it was noticed that this return spring housing tended to bruise the check of the firer, and with the gun resting on bipod and butt, there was only a bare half-inch clearance beneath the magazine.

Although these small faults weighed against it when considered for use as an infantry squad weapon, the director of Naval Ordnance - who was desperate for anti-aircraft machine-guns for small coastal vessels - felt that the simple design was of value in view of the production capacity available at that time, and he recommended its adoption. The Director General of Munitions Production, however, suspended all work on the gun for some months because there was no factory available to make the rifle and barrels.

Capacity was eventually found, and the Hefah, by this time the product of the Hefah Company of Wednesfield, went into production for the Royal Navy, formally approved for service as the 'Gun, Machine V, .303in Mark 1' in May 1942.

The Guns subsequent employment is not entirely clear, although it seems that only a limited number were made; it was declared obsolete in November 1944
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Re: .303 Hefah mark I Machine Gun

Post by audrew » 11 Sep 2010 08:37

hefah prototype, first modell ?
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Re: .303 Hefah mark I Machine Gun

Post by audrew » 06 Nov 2010 10:42

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Re: .303 Hefah mark I Machine Gun

Post by audrew » 07 May 2014 12:17

Hefah machine gun
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