One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sub-machine gun widely used by Australian soldiers during the Second World War.‘a posse went out, armed to the teeth with Owen guns’
- ‘I carried a 303 rifle or Owen gun and a couple of packs of Army biscuits.’
- ‘He kept firing his Owen gun until the front of the barrel blew off.’
- ‘He was able to move to a nearby peasant's hut where he cleared his Owen gun, which had become jammed with mud during the crash.’
- ‘The actual pick-up was virtually in the dark with the helicopter crewman nailing one determined enemy soldier with a burst of Owen-gun fire from the doorway!’
- ‘An Australian-designed Owen gun, a German-issued submachine gun, and a paratrooper's M1 carbine were among 19,000 firearms handed in during a three-month amnesty in Queensland.’
1940s: named after Evelyn Owen (1915–49), its Australian inventor.
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