I’ve found the TRW Low Maintenance Rifle to be pretty interesting ever since I found out about it – basically an American take on the Volksturm rifle concept. We’ve talked about the LMR before, and there is a bunch of information and a TRW manual available on the Low Maintenance Rifle page in the Vault, but I came across some photographs of an actual example recently. It’s a very simple rifle…and I think it would be fun to try to make a semiato, closed-bolt (the original used a stock M60 FCG and fired from an open bolt) reproduction. I picked up a stripped M60 grip at the gun show last weekend as a starting point, and the next step will probably be finding an HK33 bolt and carrier, which will give me the right boltface and rollers, although the locking system would need to be changed from delayed blowback to locked and gas-operated.
Anyway, the photos give an interesting perspective on the gun that you can’t always get just from a printed manual (click on any of them for a much larger version):
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