A quick history of dust covers

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “Cleanliness and order are not matters of ‘instinct.’ They are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Many mistakenly believe that spring-loaded “dust-covers,” designed to obturate ejection ports on military rifles, were an invention of Gene Stoner, as none appeared on the previous two generations of US Rifles.

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9 Responses to A quick history of dust covers

  1. WiscoDave says:

    The man! sure! loves! him! some! exclamation! points!

    • crazyeighter says:

      He used to write copy for the J.C. Whitney catalogs.

      (And if you’re old enough to get that joke…)

  2. =TW= says:

    Dust cover, like the shell deflector, might serve a useful purpose.

    The forward assist, on the other hand,…

    • Wirecutter says:

      I’ve had to use my forward assist a couple of times. Not many, but once or twice.
      Of course, I’ve heard it said that’s the reason your BCG has serrations so you can use your thumb to push it forward.

    • Sanders says:

      When you do a mag change while laying on your belly in 8″ of mud, you’ll understand the utility of the forward assist.

  3. randy says:

    Dust covers pre-date automatic weapons. Winchesters 1873 had one.

  4. wildbill says:

    If you’ve ever had the opportunity to examine the MP44 you’ll see that Stoner copied the German design but turned it upside down.

  5. Al_in_Ottawa says:

    He forgot the M3 ‘grease gun’ which was used in the US Army from the end of WWII until Vietnam.

    • stine says:

      And also every plane-mounted cannon from (probably) proir to WW2. There’s no sense in taking off and flying to Germany, only to find that one of your guns picked up a stone on takeoff.

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