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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 23:59 pm 
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Guys;
Were SMLE cup grenade launchers used in NW Europe? If so were they wire wrapped or is that post war Indian only?
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theres pics of them in nw europre.

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The Indian wire wrapped SMLE Rifles are exactly the same as ours as they were done originally under British regulation. Later the Indians did have their own version using a steel sleeve rather than wire bound. There are quite a few on the UK market as De-acs and the chances are some people are unaware as the dealers removed the wire wrap as they thought they would sell better. If you see a combo of odd small holes, ridges, cross bolts and EY marked on the rifle, chances are, it was a bomb thrower at some point in time.


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So, all SMLEs that were used for grenade launching were wire wrapped?

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Yes. It was to stop the stock from splitting with the shock of firing.


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The Indian wire wrapped SMLE Rifles are exactly the same as ours as they were done originally under British regulation. Later the Indians did have their own version using a steel sleeve rather than wire bound. There are quite a few on the UK market as De-acs and the chances are some people are unaware as the dealers removed the wire wrap as they thought they would sell better. If you see a combo of odd small holes, ridges, cross bolts and EY marked on the rifle, chances are, it was a bomb thrower at some point in time.


Without unwrapping the stocks presumably the weapon can not be deactivated. The one wire wrapped example I have observed had been re-wrapped after deactivation.

The Dischargers are freely available in the states but no seems to want to import them if indeed it would be legal.


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One of the reasons I asked is that I have a SMLE and access to one of the launchers. I live in the states so both are legal where I live, but my SMLE is not wire wrapped, and was wondering if it would be OK to use one of the launchers with tennis balls, at events that allow them.

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There are pictures of Great War soldiers using or posing with unwrapped SMLEs and various types of rifle grenade. However seeing as how the whole point of wrapping is to compensate for the stress on the woodwork, aren't you running the risk of buggering up a 70 year old weapon by firing one?

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REME 245 wrote:
The Dischargers are freely available in the states but no seems to want to import them if indeed it would be legal.

Live ones are section 5 in the UK. They can be deactivated (similar to the deactivation work carried out on a mortar) but as they are a small item the deactivation work is externally fairly obvious. The other option is having one permanently attached to a deactivated gun. (Or make an inert repro)

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Sapper44 wrote:
One of the reasons I asked is that I have a SMLE and access to one of the launchers. I live in the states so both are legal where I live, but my SMLE is not wire wrapped, and was wondering if it would be OK to use one of the launchers with tennis balls, at events that allow them.


Have a look hers

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread. ... ennis-Ball)-Launching


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That made me chuckle. Posts recommending cobbling together your own blanks and launching plaster filled coke cans pass without comment, but letting a dog chew a tainted tennis ball...no freaking way Jose..
Gotta love the Amerikaner

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Gotta love the Amerikaner


Da Comrades, to wish the use of firearms to exercise a Diensthund is why we struggle agasinst their culture at everyturn.

The fact they're consider it……. HET!

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Da Comrades, to wish the use of firearms to exercise a Diensthund is why we struggle agasinst their culture at everyturn.

The fact they're consider it……. HET!


I have suggested that we fire donuts from our launchers to allow my chubby friends a reason to exercise, but it did not go over so well.


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I have suggested that we fire donuts from our launchers to allow my chubby friends a reason to exercise, but it did not go over so well.[/quote]

Besides the donuts will attract every cop within a two mile radius... :wink:

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Donuts breakup in the air too unless you use iced ones.
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I've known potatoes to work well out of mortars, sure it could work in grenade launchers. ;)


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