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>C96 Mauser
>Browning Auto-5
>the bloody Maxim Gun
Why did it take so long to develop a Semi-Automatic Rifle?
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>>49206060
The Roth Haenel came out in 1899 dude
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>>49206060
>does not have to withstand the pressure of a full power rifle cartridge
>does not have to withstand the pressure of a full power rifle cartridge
>weight not a concern
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>>49206060
Because a certain Leaf-Frog hadn't matured yet.
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What I don't understand is why no one designed the hipoint during ww1.
There was a massive shortage of handguns resulting in all manner of .32 acp straight blowback guns being fielded so why not just build straight blowback .45
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>>49206060
If you think the RSCs were the first, you obviously didn't look very far into this.

You bring up the auto 5, the model 8 came out just a handful of years later and the design was patented at the exact same time.
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>>49206060
Weight and accuracy. Short and long recoil systems tend to give you wandering zeros with the barrel not seating the same way. The Maxim was simply too heavy with far too many parts dedicated to the feed mechanism.
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>>49206060
Weight, accuracy, metallurgy, training, safety, and reliability due to the aforementioned were all constraints. Meanwhile bolt guns
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>>49207710
Well they didn't have Zamak back then so the Hipoint would have to have been machined rather than cast. That would have made it a lot costlier. But even then it would still be simpler to make compared to any sort of locked breech design, and the blowback concept was known at the time as well. Perhaps they weren't willing to waste all that extra steel just to make the slide heavy enough?
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>>49207710
>What I don't understand is why no one designed the hipoint during ww1
Not enough black people were carrying firearms at that point.
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>>49206060
The first type of semi auto loading mechanisms were straight blowback and short recoil, which when used in guns that require rifle length cartridges cause bolts to be impracticality heavy. And barrels in short recoil designs to be heavy. Until the advent of of the first gas piston designs, semi automatic rifle were hard to develop to be both ergonomic, and safe to use.
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>>49209420
The 41 johnson is short recoil and weighs the same as a garand.
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>>49207710
There were a shot load of Ruby and Ruby knock offs made by various Spanish manufacturers during the First World War.
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>>49208064
Those were the days



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