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Stanley Thorpe No.9
Stanley Thorpe EM-1
Country of origin

United Kingdom

Manufacturer(s)

RSAF Enfield

Designer(s)

Stanley Thorpe

Production began

1948

Production ended

1950

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

.280 British

Action

Gas-operated

Overall length

36in

Barrel length

623mm/24.5in

Weight

10.25lb

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 rounds

Cyclic rate

600 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

2000yds


The EM-1, often referred to as the Thorpe rifle, was an experimental assault rifle designed by Stanley Thorpe.

OverviewEdit

The EM-1 rifle was designed in the mid-40s and entered British rifle trials during the following years. It was a bullpup select-fire rifle with a carrying handle and integral optical scope, a trait shared with the competing EM-2 rifle. The EM-1 was designed to be adaptable to multiple combat scenarios; it could be used as an assault weapon, a marksman rifle or a support weapon. The EM-1 was a complex and user-unfriendly weapon, however, and it lost out to the EM-2, which was briefly adopted by the British Army but quickly replaced by the Belgian FAL.



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