Most do not know that bargain boomstick maker Harrington & Richardson produced a submachine gun that saw service from Guadalcanal to Normandy– but it occurred.
A style from gun inventor Eugene G. Reising — who reduce his teeth functioning with John Browning on quite a few firearms — his early 1940s SMG idea looked like a standard carbine of its day. Featuring a one particular-piece wood stock to accommodate a quick-barreled delayed blowback weapon, his closed-bolt burp gun attained a cyclic price of more than 500 rounds per minute.
Chambered in .45ACP, the stubby pick-fire Reising took utilised low-capacity (for a sub gun) 12 or 20-round box magazines which restricted its practicality. The cocking manage, rather strangely, was recessed below the fore finish and expected the user to tilt or even flip the gun to chamber a round.
The general length of the M50 version of the gun was 37-inches with an 11-inch finned and compensated barrel. Weight was kept down to six.eight pounds, unloaded.
The M55 variant, which utilised wooden stock with a folding wire butt, was just 22.25-inches lengthy with the stock folded.
When compared to its principal domestic rival, the M1921/28 Thompson submachine gun, it was a lot less expensive and lighter. This produced the H&R-developed Reising well-liked with government getting agents who snapped up early batches of the M50 and its slightly shorter folding-stock brother, the M55, just as the U.S. was becoming embroiled in WWII.
By 1942, Marines, headed to take Guadalcanal in the South Pacific back from the Japanese, have been armed with a curious mix of Reisings, Springfield ’03 rifles (the Devils wouldn’t adopt the M1 Garand till later in the war), Browning BAR automatic rifles, and a handful of Johnson rifles. Not only the Marines but also the Navy on occasion utilised the humble Reising throughout the campaign, with one particular crewman on a landing craft reportedly using a borrowed specimen to clear a Japanese soldier from a nearby tree “and he come tumbling down like a bird.”
Though an exciting idea in a stateside showroom, the Reising didn’t execute effectively below combat situations. Marines who have been primarily beta-testing the guns quickly located themselves with Reisings that have been so rusty and jammed that they would not function. By 1943, they have been largely pulled from frontline service.
Nonetheless, M50s nonetheless soldiered on in the rest of the war, utilised by Coast Guard Beach Patrol Units and different State Guards back on the Household Front.
The Navy also continued to use the H&R SMG as effectively.
In all, H&R produced someplace on the order of 120,000 M50 and M55 submachine guns then added to these numbers with a semi-auto carbine version, the M60. Right now, due to the reality that most left in the states have been liquidated from government storage lengthy just before the 1968 NFA amnesty and the gun continued to be supplied for industrial and LE sales for years just after, there are a great quantity of intact Reisings nonetheless floating about.
In reality, Rock Island has at least 3 transferable M50s up for grabs at their May well Premier Auction, beginning at about $four,500– which is a comparatively low cost for a complete-auto Class III gun.
Specially if you have a hankering for taking the beachhead.