The British Army tested the Sterling SMG all over the world, one of the most hostile environments it was tested in was the Malayan jungle. Troops there fitted several trials guns with a shotgun-style rib sight.
It was hoped this would improve fast snap shooting during jungle patrols when contact with the enemy was often at close quarters.
Matt takes a look at one of the few surviving Malayan Sterling rib sight prototypes and explains the history behind the gun and where the idea came from.
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.