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De Lisle Carbine

A De Lisle Carbine

The De Lisle Carbine was a silenced carbine that was used by Great Britain during World War II.

Description

It was based on the Lee Enfield Rifle's body and was fed by Colt M1911 magazines. The barrel meanwhile is based on that of the M1928 Thompson SMG.[1]

The magazines could contain either seven or eleven rounds and the De Lisle's rate of fire was about 30 rounds per minute. As such, the De Lisle carbine fired the .45 ACP Cartridge and at only 46 meters, the gun was totally inaudible. When fired, the only sound that comes from the gun is the sound of the firing pin hitting the round's primer.The empty weight of the gun was 3.7 kg and the total length was 89 cm.[2]

Inside the suppressor there are rows of steel wool jammed against the walls of the barrel and the inner walls of the suppressor and they are meant to cool down the hot gases escaping from the barrel. Although, most of the De Lisle Carbines made featured evenly spaced rubber baffles instead. In order for the suppressor to be effective, a subsonic round would need to be utilized and that is why the .45 ACP Cartridge was chosen. The iron sights are taken from the Lanchester Submachine gun and they are rated for up to 182.8 meters.

Variants

The De Lisle Carbine only had one variant not including the few models that featured steel wool instead of rubber baffles. This variant was specially modified for use by paratroopers. This variant was only experimentally however and the main difference between it and the original model is that it featured a folding stock.[3]

History

The De Lisle Carbine was first developed in 1943 and it production in 1944. Despite having an order for 500 models, only 130 were ever produced by the original maker, the Sterling Armaments Company. Those that did get to the front line were used by British special forces units during covert operations. De Lisles were also used during the Burmese Campaign. They were also used in the Korean War.

References

  1. http://lrdg.hegewisch.net/unlikely_weapons.html
  2. http://world.guns.ru/rifle/repeating-rifle/brit/de-lisle-e.html
  3. http://www.rifleman.org.uk/The_DeLisle_carbine.htm

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