De Lisle carbine file photo [15888]

De Lisle Carbine Rifle

Country of OriginUnited Kingdom
TypeRifle
Caliber11.430 mm
Capacity11 rounds
Length894.000 mm
Barrel Length210.000 mm
Weight3.740 kg
Rate of Fire25 rounds/min
Range185 m
Muzzle Velocity260 m/s

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ww2dbaseThe De Lisle bolt-action carbine design by British Air Ministry engineer William Godfrey De Lisle in 1942 was originally a private venture, the first victims of the weapon being rabbits and other small animals rather than German troops. In 1943, he approached Major Malcolm Campbell of Combined Operations, who was reasonably satisfied with the weapon, and asked De Lisle to modify the caliber from .22 to a more standard 9-millimeter. Although the 9-millimeter prototype turned out to be failed venture, De Lisle persisted, ultimately producing a successful design using the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) ammunition. The De Lisle carbines had a low sub-sonic muzzle velocity, making the firing inaudible at a distance of 50 yards. The first 17 built were done by Ford Dagenham and were assigned to British Commandos. In 1944, the Sterling Armaments Company was awarded a contract to build 500 examples, but with the war ending, Sterling would build only 129 before production ceased. Two folding-stock prototypes for airborne troops were built, but this variant design never entered production. After WW2, a small number remained in service and saw action in Korea and Malaya.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2012

Photographs

British General Gerald Templer test firing a De Lisle carbine, Perak, Malaya, 1952




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British General Gerald Templer test firing a De Lisle carbine, Perak, Malaya, 1952




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