FULL AUTO – RARE Owen Sub Machine Gun |The Gunny (R Lee Ermey) & Kirsten Joy Weiss – Ep. 3

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  1. The creator of the Owen gun got shafted by so many people, but kept fighting for his creation.
    The full history of the Owen Gun is a great read.

    1. @Zach Bocchino I am not a Brit and funny that you had to have the British 6 pounder. I do not recall Britain, Canada Australia New Zealand India South Africa using US weapons
      We used the Lee Enfield .303 and the Bren the Sten and over in New Guinea the Owen Gun
      I think you made some Mk4 Lee Enfield Some not all .
      We did use the Sherman however we made in better

    2. @Hoa Tattis 🤭 if you could read you would know what I said. Also know that those countries used the Lee Enfield.

    3. @Skippy Correct. Owen got a payout like you said, but the guys from Lysaghts, who did all the developing and mucking around for the War Department, were paid 3% profit of the cost of production while other manufacturers in America were getting, sometimes 300% profit.

  2. G’day from Oz and I’m glad you liked our Owen. It always sort of reminded me of the British Sten gun but from what I’ve heard was far more reliable and it had to be better – it’s Australian! You certainly make it look good! Thanks for featuring it! 🙂

    1. @Zach Bocchino The Australian derivative Austen was developed late in the war as a replacement for the Owen and was such a piece of crap it was shelved shortly afterwards. The Owen lived on through Malaya, the Indonesian Confrontation and the early years of the Vietnam War … from memory, and I could be wrong here, but most were swapped out for M16’s by 1967.

    2. @Eatherbreather Your Timeline may be out a bit there Mate. From what I know, after Dunkirk, Britain had lost a lot of arms and needed even more with men enlisting to help defend their home. They got rifles from the US from Remington. The Rifle No. 4 SMLE and the Sten Gun was produced by having parts made in Garage and home workshops. Australia was actually waiting for shipments of Sten Guns from England at the time our government was giving Lysaghts the run around for an acceptable Sub-Machine Gun.

    3. You may very well be correct. It’s been some years since I read the Owen’s history. It is entirely possible I have confused the various design/production/in service dates.

  3. Full Auto with Gunny: he is something else. The tracer rounds were awesome. You’re the best, Kirsten. Thanks for sharing your joy of shooting.

  4. Interesting history.
    Kind of like an early P90,
    Smart design. Gunny shoots true, you compliment each other.
    Thanks for the video.
    As always, be you and stay true.

  5. What a horrible job you have Gunny, shooting at the range all day with a gorgeous woman. It must have been terrible, lol. Some blokes have all the fun. And thanks for showing an aussie gun, we don’t get much representation down here!! Lol

  6. “A flower amongst all these weeds…” TRUTH!
    Have loved “Gny Sgt Hartman” since 1987 and KJW since I first saw her. Great video and great fun to have them both together.

  7. Interestingly the ejector on the Owen is part of the magazine, in the event of an ejector breaking, a magazine change replaces it.
    Australia was still using the Owen gun for infantry section forward scouts in the early days of vietnam.

    1. I really wish more tech ideas were taken from this gun, for modern firearms. Anyone listening out there?? I will help design it. 😉

    2. And then replaced by the despicable F1 SMG. The OMC was well past it’s used by date by the time time 1RAR deployed to SVN, which was sadly indicative of how the Army was equipped in the early 1960’s.

      The placement of the magazine on the top was actually a genius decision, is it provided gravity feed (as mentioned) but also allowed the firer to adopt the lowest profile on the ground in close, jungle combat. This was also reflected in the placement of Diggers webbing pouches, which up until very recently with the widespread adoption of chest webbing for mounted operations emphasized placing pouches to the side and rear of the web belt so not to hinder fire and movement and to allow the lowest possible profile.

    3. @SnoopReddogg The Owen feeds fine upside-down, so I don’t know that feeding is the _reason_ for mag-on-top. Ejection on the bottom helps dirt get out, though.

  8. The Owen gun was used by the Australian Army in WW2, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. The last I know of them being in large scale use in military conflict was during the Rhodesian Bush Wars. Thank you for a great video, cheers from down under!

  9. I exist because of one of these. My father was an infantry company commander in New Guinea. While on operations he was suddenly attacked by a Japanese soldier wielding a machete. He had lain in wait in the thick jungle along a track for an officer to target. My father was carrying an Owen gun which he used to defend himself. So my thanks to Evelyn and Luger. The Oz Army had a choice of 9×19mm, .38-200 and .45 ACP for the Owen, but I’m not sure why they went with 9mm (9 and 45 would have been common in Australia at the time – maybe just more rounds could be carried, maybe lots of captured 9mm available from North Africa, maybe to keep 45 available for US Army use – anybody know?) It was tested against the Sten and Thompson and was found to work well even after soaked in mud (tropical conditions), which stopped the others.

    1. Cool story..my Grandfather was also in New Guinea with US army..they caught a huge snake and chopped it open i think it had a kangaroo or deer inside of it? We were always told that Aussie was a really tuff soldier👍

    2. @Justin Healey Hi Justin. It’s not impossible their paths crossed. My father’s unit (30th Battalion, 8 Brigade) moved along the New Guinea north coast to join up with US Army 32 Div, 126 RCT who had landed further along at Saidor in 1944. I have a photo of my dad firing a flare pistol as part of pre-arranged signals as they approached the American lines so as to prevent a ‘blue on blue’. American logistics were always a bit more classy than ours: I remember him telling me they even had an ice cream making machine at Saidor.

  10. My father used these in the war in Borneo in the early 60’s then again in Vietnam. They were so simply designed which made them cheap, easy and fast to make. But by the Vietnam war they used to joke that the 9mm was gutless and that the Vietnamese could pick the bullets out of the air they were so slow lol. They had switched to the SLR (The Australian made FN-FAL in 7.62×51) and the M60. But it was replaced with the F1 sub machine gun also in 9mm but they were very rarely used if at all.

  11. The Owen could be dropped in the mud picked up and not jam. It was a very simple but highly effective design. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Yes I am an Aussie and yes I eat Vegemite.

    1. You’ve seen that footage where the bloke completely engulfs it in mud, then it fires first time, every time. I’d rather have an Owen than a Lee Enfield bolt action if I’m facing a Japanese solider who is 10 feet in front of me in the jungles of south east Asia.

  12. What isn’t mentioned in the video was its best feature; its reliability. Existing firearms didn’t like jungle conditions (mud, grit, dampness) and often failed. The Owen could be pulled out of mud and would fire all day long.
    The perfect SMG for the conditions, cheap to make, and utterly dependable.
    When you want it to fire, it does.

  13. Thanks for this, in Australia these guns have been destroyed en masse and even museum pieces were targeted by the government. It’s so great to see an iconic example of Australian ingenuity in working order.

    1. @Fishofgold6 There are still a few around but not many and yes they did destroy museum pieces.

  14. “…Having a flower among all these weeds is a breath of fresh air.” -Gunny R. Lee Ermy

    I love how much Gunny enjoyed shooting with you. He really respected you, Kristen.

    I’m just glad to be able to watch this episode once more. Good to see you in my feed again.

  15. Such a legend Mr Ermey. He is missed. Thanks for all the great performances we can still go back and watch gunny.

  16. I miss Gunnie Earmey. I grew up with him always on the tv, he inspired my love of guns and how they work and the proper way to use them.
    RiP Gunnie.

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