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The first M1937 model

The Billings Armory M1937 is the most successful weapon made by Anthony Phoenix.

Overview

Conceptualized back in 1936, the M1937 was designed SPECIFICALLY to overcome the weaknesses of the venerable BAR. To lessen the recoil, the gas system was placed over the barrel, and the recoil spring - to the stock. Inspired by the Thompson, Anthony added a pistol grip to the weapon to make it more stable. For optimized handling in trenches, the 30-round magazine of .30-06 is inserted from the left and casings eject downwards. From the MG34, the gun gained a trigger system in which pressing the trigger further than normal is what triggers full-auto mode. Due to this, the second round came out after a longer interval than the rest, giving the large weapon an illusion of "spooling up". Just like on the BAR, the charging handle does not reciprocate. The U.S. Army took in thousands of these rifles soon after Phoenix first presented it, and TENS OF THOUSANDS more during World War II. It was a success, and U.S. soldiers dubbed it the "Billy Gun". However, some things were off, and the Army demanded an upgrade...

Statistics

Name : M1937 

Weight : 8.2 kg (unloaded), 9 kg (loaded)

Length : 46" (116.8 cm)

Barrel Length : 24"

Feed System: 30-round magazine

Caliber : .30-06 Springfield

Muzzle Velocity : 850 m/s

Optimal Range : 750 meters

Effective Range : >1500 meters

Rate of Fire : 650 RPM

M1937A1

An M1937A1. Note the changes.

The M1937A1 was designed in 1942 as a response to two rifles: The competing Johnson Machine Gun and the Nazi FG 42. Since the amount of time spent lying in wait was reduced and the Walking Fire technique got more popular, this rifle was remade to fit the role of a mobile machine gun. The magazine and ejection system were rotated ninety degrees, so that the M1937 now fed from the bottom. The stock was redesigned to sit in line with the barrel and action, the infamously flimsy front sight was moved to the gas block and reinforced, and the rate of fire was increased. Lastly, a large, potent muzzle brake not too dissimilar from the one used on the post-war Sieg rifle was placed on the barrel, which massively increased stability. In fact, people who were not scared off by the weight of the gun could hold the rifle in one hand and fire it off. Gone was the progressive trigger, since it was recorded that only a handful of people used single fire anyway. Now this weapon was fully automatic.

Statistics

Name : M1937A1 

Weight : 7.8 kg (unloaded), 8.6 kg (loaded)

Length : 43.5" (116.8 cm)

Barrel Length : 20"

Feed System: 30-round magazine

Caliber : .30-06 Springfield

Muzzle Velocity : 850 m/s

Optimal Range : 750 meters

Effective Range : >1500 meters

Rate of Fire : 725 RPM

COMING SOON - M1943 Assault Rifle

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