Sunday, October 19, 2014

Machine gun carriage

Two enthusiastic motorcycles, Messrs. W. Rankin and R. Player of the  Wrights Forge and Engineering Co., Ltd., from Tipton, Staffordshire, patented a machine gun carriage that could be hand carried, or double as a sidecar on a motorcycle. To attach to a motorcycle, one wheel was detached, revealing a socket that connected to the sidecar port of a motorcycle and two other anchor points were stored in a box below the axle. The handle for hand-carrying it detached and operated as a support for the seat of the machine gun operator when used as a sidecar. A prototype was built and attached to a Royal Enfield 6hp, for which nothing was impossible. It does not appear to have been adopted by the armed forces.

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