Worst Pieces of Crap That Have Ever Been Issued: 1. Rifles info
Every time I come here, which, according to my wife, is far too often, I read about how this weapon or that weapon is the best ever fielded. Well, I decided that it was time to have some fun at the expense of those poor sots who had to deal with pieces of kit or weapons that turned out to be total POC! (pieces of crap). What I would like to do is to start a thread wherein we will discuss the worst stuff out there and try to come to a decision as to which was the worst ever in the category that we are discussing. In order to make the contest useful, I would also like it if everyone followed a few simple rules.
1. The POC in question must have been issued as standard in at least one army.
2. Note the word "standard". The POC in question cannot have been experimental, either in designation or in nature.
3. You must give a good explanation why the weapon in question is truly a POC.
4. I can't think of anything else at the moment.
Now, to decide the worst, seeing as I started the thread, I have decided that I will be the judge, but if this works out even half decently, I would like to invite some of the regulars as a sort of ad-hoc jury, particularly with regards to weapons categories that I know next to nothing about.
With that, let the games begin. As POC number one, I humbly propose the Ross Rifle. This weapon began as a sporting rifle in Canada, and it was different from others for two reasons: 1 was it's incredible accuracy. It was more accurate out of the box than any of it's competitors. 2. It was one of the first straight-pull designs, which allowed the user to reload much fastor than if using other contemporary rifles.
However, it had a severe problem: If the weapon was not kept spotlessly clean it would catastrophically malfunction. (Sound familiar?) If any dirt got into the bolt or chamber, the bolt would not close properly, but the weapon could fire. Firing under those conditions would sent the bolt straight back into the face of the firer. Moreover, the user could not tell if the bolt was completely closed or not. In the trenches of WW I, keeping any rifle that clean was impossible. When the scope of the problem was revealed, which did not take long, Canadian soldiers were allowed to scrounge Lee-Enfields in any way they could, and Canada officially adopted the Lee-Enfield as Canada's combat rifle.
Last edited by Dean; January 14th, 2006 at 18:49..