This is a second pattern Bendix-Hyde carbine, made for the M1 Carbine trials. The first Bendix-Hyde had a number of features that Ordnance requested be changed (including a pistol grip), and this was the modified version submitted for the second round of tests. It lost out to the Winchester design, of course, which became the M1 Carbine.
I had a chance to take one apart at RIA, so I made sure to get a photo or two (click to enlarge):
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thank,s Ian this one i will keep coming back to.
Ian you got bragging rights on this one and many others. Super cool, keep ’em coming.
Way too complicated for the ordinary GI or just plainly a turkey?
Wow, that really makes me appreciate the simplicity of the M1 Carbine.
Even without deeper study, this looks to me like something from break of 19 and 20th centuries. But, it would be better to see it in real or in video to be able to tell.
I did do a video on it a few weeks ago. 🙂
Thanks for reminder, I looked at video.
Well, I stick with my initial assessment – action of this kind really does not fit into 1940s. But Mr.Hyde certainly put up decent effort which has to be respected.
“break of 19 and 20th centuries.”
My first reaction was: it looks as sporting fire-arm
Trigger/breechlock/disconnector engagements seem awesome. Hats off Mr Hyde.