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Variations included a StG 44 with a curved barrel to allow for firing around corners (pictured at the bottom of this page). A large amount of development time and resources was put into this ability, resulting in another show of poor management on the part of the German Army when these resources could have been put forth in other areas. The general idea of the curved barrel was to provide tank crews the ability to fire at enemy troops near or on their tanks through weapon portholes, thus keeping the crew and tank safe from being overrun.
The curved barrel operated with a series of holes punched into the barrel. This decreased the velocity of the exiting round, but nonetheless could provide a lethal blow to a nearby combatant. The holes in the barrel could jettison the oncoming gas and force the round through the curved section, whereas the full velocity of the round in the weapons original role would have the round tear right through the curved protrusion. Three different barrels were proposed firing at 30, 40 and 90 degree angles.
Originally posted by huws
have gotten a surprised secret from my German friend, at that time the German weapon engineer had succeeded in developing curved barrel rifle, after launching a bullet, the bullet had not shattered,
and that the range was the same as traditional rifle of that time,
it is only because that Hitler had not offered exorbitant (OR extortionate) expenses, he did not offer his surprised secret curved barrel rifle, he only gave a simple curved rifle to tackle work. By now, no one know this surprised secret. For some mysterious reasons, he did not offer it to other country too, it has been lost.
is it true?