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Hard to say. Both the Thompson submachine gun and the Calico
100-round magazines (the Tommy having that iconic drum magazine that's
similar to the mag on Vole's weapon.) We've seen at least 29 shots
(judging from expelled casings and bullet paths) so he could have quite
a few bursts to go.
"If someone is firing an automatic weapon that's belt-fed, or has a
large banana-shaped magazine in it, forget it, he's /never/ going to
run out until you shoot him dead."
Or the barrel overheats and warps.
then he can shoot sideways around corners. The WWII nazis had even
built a gun that could do that according to a history channel show I
You try it. The lead bullet will be so soft that it will jam in the
barrel, and the weapon will expolode.
Haven't researched or anything, but it seems that what you
*could* maybe have is a smallish gun whose entire shooting
mechanism is at the front, followed by a right-angle bend with a
diagonal mirror that reflects the image being targeted back to
the wielder, who is pulling a remote trigger from his
(relatively) safe position around the corner. Sounds as if it
would go on the fritz with annoying frequency, mostly in the
remote trigger mechanism, but it would fire around the corner
from the wielder.
It would have to be cleaned quite often, since the outside wall of
the barrel would rub lead off the bullet if the barrel is curved. If
the gun was a pure 90º from the trigger and handle the gun would pull to
the side when fired. It would make it hard to handle, or to hit a
target. Read about 'recoil' in rifles, or even pistols with a decent
load if you're interested in the subject.
Google is your friend... The Imperial War Museum web site has pictures.
It's a modified German MP4 assault rifle: the curved part is an
extension with curved barrel and prism that clamps or screws onto the
end of the barrel, and can presumably be removed for cleaning. It looks
like it deflected the bullet downwards rather than to the side; to shoot
around corners the sniper presumably lay on his side with the barrel and
prism looking around the corner, that way the recoil would be a bit more
manageable (up rather than sideways):
"On display in our Second World War gallery, this rifle is the subject
of frequent enquiries. Many people have expressed surprise or disbelief
that a firearm can be made to shoot around corners; yet this is
precisely what the curved barrel attachment enables this weapon to do.
The attachment was the fruit of experiments, carried out in Germany
during the early 1940s, with the object of providing a device which
would enable troops to shoot from behind cover, without exposing
themselves to enemy fire. Various deflecting troughs and curved barrels
were tried with a number of infantry weapons, before the combination
which we have on display was arrived at. The relatively short bullet
fired by the MP44 made it particularly suitable for this rôle. The
attachment deflects the flight of the bullet through 30 degrees and,
with the aid of the prismatic sight which is fitted, a reasonable degree
of accuracy can be attained. A further version of the device was
developed which deflected the bullet through 90 degrees. This was
intended for use as a close-defence weapon by armoured vehicle crews;
however it was found that bullets fired through it generally fragmented
due to the stresses involved."
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