Machine gun found on crashed plane fixed and fired

Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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In 1941 a Spitfire crashed into a bog in Ireland. 70 years later a machine gun was recovered from the peat, fixed up, and fired for a British television show.

The Irish specialists had chosen the best preserved body and added parts from all six guns, like the breech block and the spring, to assemble one that they thought would fire. They made the decision to use modern bullets, to reduce the risk of jamming.

Wearing helmet, ear protection and body armour I crouched in a trench a metre away from the Browning, which I would operate remotely.

Every part of the gun, to the tiniest pin, had been under a peat bog for 70 years, to the month.

[tweetmeme][Full story] Story: BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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