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Tatarek
Tatarek rifle
Country of origin

United Kingdom

Designer(s)

Edmund Tatarek

Year(s) designed

1900s

Weapon type

Automatic rifle

Caliber

.276 Enfield

Action

Blow forward

Overall length

52.75 inches (134 cm)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

5 rounds


The Tatarek rifle (sometimes misspelt Tatarack) was a prototype rifle based on a Pattern 1913 Enfield.

HistoryEdit

The rifle was entered into British rifle trials at the turn of the century, along with the Bang, Farquhar-Hill and Kretz rifles. However, the Tatarek did not perform well; it was too long, too heavy, too unbalanced in weight, too complicated, and was just a rough conversion. As such, the deciding committee said that the rifle was not fit to be further developed.

Design DetailsEdit

The Tatarek had a very complicated mechanism. The barrel was shrouded by a sleeve which was blown forward about 20 centimeters to cycle the action. The movement of the sleeve would be transferred to a rod and two springs within the forestock, which help open and close the bolt.

ReferencesEdit

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