We don’t have much information on this piece, but it was clearly designed to make use of several parts from the Sterling submachine gun. Caliber is .308, and it used FAL magazines.

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      • It’s not, and it doesn’t. 🙂 We have two of these, both open bolt, both select-fire. This one is LMG-configured, the other is more of a rifle. The lever delay bolt is relatively complex and differs between the prototypes.

  1. Apprantly it was designed to be rapidly manufactured in the event of ww3 and handed out to conscripts etc in the event of ww3.
    Would have been intresting to fire 7.62 from an open bolt ouch.

    • Hello, Martin :

      For the sake of the physical well-being of said conscripts and sundry other prospective users, not to mention accuracy and controllability factors, I do hope that Sterling and the powers-that-be had intended to fit at least some sort of buttstock ( even an abbreviated one, if nothing else ) to this rifle before issuing it. Otherwise, as you said, “Ouch” :).

    • If it did use lever delayed blowback, the concept of “cheap and easy” would be lost. Although roller delayed would be cost efficient and work better

      • Király delays are exceptionally easy and inexpensive to manufacture. Compared to roller delays, they are cheaper, and simpler for small machine shops to produce with consistent results.

  2. I am pretty certain that my Dad (Frank Waters) designed that gun! It would have been in the late 70’s Fantastic to see it featured here if it is the same one (I am sure it is)

    • Hi Jo; sorry, late response, but yes, these two weapons (one machine gun, one rifle) were your dad’s designs, with input from Sandy Cormack. You’d be welcome to come and see these and his other rifle designs at the Royal Armouries; you can email me at jonathanDOTferguson@armouries.org.uk (obviously replace the ‘dot’ with a dot!).

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