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« on: July 10, 2009, 07:02:59 pm »

"Standard practice was not to fill the magazine . . ." had as much to do with the temperamental spring as anything else.  I recall that the spring would often get hung up in the mag and not feed.  Loading the magazine was a chore as the spring got progressively harder the more it was compressed, such that toward the end of its time in service, the Sten came issued with a magazine loader . . . a sort of reverse can-opener that fit over the mag and you used a rotating handle to push the last few rounds into it.  The balls of your thumbs would get so sore after loading a couple of mags that you eventually just put in 20 rounds, rather than the allowable 30.  Even for one who came to the Sten at the end of its life, it was not a very reliable weapon, was prone to getting dirt into it and, all-in-all, more trouble than it was worth.  aldi
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