The Head Tuomo of the Finnish ASL Community
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- Jan 29, 2003
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Lahti ATRs were modified as a makeshift AA weapon in 1944 to use automatic fire.And whoever gave the Lahti ATR a ROF was a fool. ATR's had such a recoil that even a semi-automatic mechanism meant that they couldn't get off that many rounds per minute. Further, the whole point of an ATR was surprise, which meant firing a round and moving to a new spot. The Soviet PTRD (not semi-automatic) and PTRS (semi-automatic), both FAR superior weapons to the Lahti, show that a semi-automatic mechanism was a waste of time on an ATR.
But I think Russian ATRs hit a far better combination of firepower vs mobility vs simplicity.