Posted: 05 Jan 2019, 22:18
Just realised - there are no M3 grease guns in COH/BKM.
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MarKr wrote:"Main SMG" is sort of wonky term. I think that in Forgotten Weapons (and some other videos too, I think) they said that Thompsons were more known and iconic SMGs of the USA during the war but the M3 was better in several aspects. I am not 100% sure but I think they mentioned that M3 was lighter, easier to reload (mainly when visibility was bad (e.g. at night), cheaper to produce and also easier to control when shooting.
As I watch the video, he sas there "in WW2 the vast majority of guns used were the original M3" and then he says that "there were 600 000 of M3 and only about 15 000 of M3A1". It can be interpreted in more ways but I would understand the first quoted part as "the vast majority of the grease guns were the M3 and only a few of the upgraded versions", not that the M3 was the main gun used in general.
If Wikipedia is to be believed, then cost of M3 was about 15 USD. All the major countries wanted to produce an SMG that would be cheap, easy and fast to produce, and at the same time relatively reliable. Nazis had MP40, Russians had PPS43, Brits went too far with the savings and produced not very reliable Sten guns and USA came up with Grease gun. So for USA as a country the main concern was the price for sure.winterflaw wrote:I may be wrong, but I think the main issue was price. The original Thompson was 200 USD per unit. The cost-reduced version was 43 USD per unit. I don't know how much the M3 was, but I expect it was a few dollars per unit.
The Wikipedia has an interesting claim, that the weapon was intended to be disposable, rather than repairable. When it stopped working, it wasn't repaired - you were just issued with a new unit.
The M3 was entirely adequate as a weapon, and indeed it seems quite good, and so then when you consider the price, it's way ahead.