Talk:Austen submachine gun
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error in statement
With the Austen Mk 1 this statement is totally incorrect "They remained in service as a standard weapon of the Australian Army until 1966."
The weapon was unloved, so to speak, and it was the Owen Machine Carbine, OMC, which was the standard weapon till 1966.
The Austen was only used in WWII. The OMC was used right through from 1942 to the early stages of the Vietnam conflict, 1966, till it was replaced by the F1.
This need correcting. TDR 15:59, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
The connection with the MP40 goes further than the grips. The Austen internals are more like the MP40, and so its reliability problems were the same. The dual row magazine had a lot of inter-cartridge friction, causing jams. Any damage to the magazine, or receiver, made it even worse. The die-cast parts may have been cheap and quick, but they amplified the problems present in the considerably stronger stamped-steel MP40. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 01:29, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
The Austen was a blowback open bolt system. The owner of the article should add this in the info box top left. THe Austen was indeed essentially a copy of the MP40. It wasn't as good as the OMC, but it was better than the Sten. MP40 jams were caused by excessive side force while holding the magazine as a grip. Soldiers soon learned not to do that. The police Thompson (M28) was also used in significant numbers by the RAAF and AIF, although the military M42 was not procured by Australia. It was quite expensive at $200USD and was not available after 19126.96.36.199.81 (talk) 02:33, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
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