Prototype Owen Sub-machine Gun

Accession Number RELAWM30622.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Metal, Wood
Maker Owen, Evelyn Ernest
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Port Kembla
Date made 1939
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Description

Owen Sub-machine Gun .22 Prototype. This weapon has been home made from mainly .22 (short) calibre rifle parts but has a 'wheel' drum magazine operated by a coil spring, that takes 44 cartridges and has a trigger made from a piece of spring steel above the stock wrist.

History / Summary

This weapon was made by Evelyn Owen as prototype to the later Owen sub-machine gun made at Lysaghts Factory, Port Kembla, New South Wales.