In the mid 1940s, George Patchett set out to design a submachine gun and magazine that would improve on the STEN gun’s shortcomings. The result was arguably one of the best SMG magazines ever designed. Robust, reliable and easy to use – the Sterling magazine is definitely an improvement over the venerable STEN’s mag.
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Early Patchett Prototype with STEN mag (0:50)
STEN mag’s shortcomings (1:10)
Call to action (1:56)
Patchett’s new design (2:50)
Sterling magazine disassembled (3:15)
Canada’s Sterling (5:55)
The magazine and the gun (6:15)
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