The Mark I. Family of combat rifles were introduced in the late 1800's, when the Arghaven Royal Army requested a new series of automatic rifles to serve as the platform for their new standard ammunition ".308ARG". They put out a commission to Arghaven's gunsmiths to produce prototypes for testing.
One of the gunsmiths that showed up to the task was Johannes Madsen with his "Madsen Autorifle."Mr. Madsen ultimately won the Commission and the rifle became adopted as Arghaven's first automatic service rifle, designated Mark. I.
During the First Deep War of 1912, the Mk. I saw extensive use, but as close-quarter combat became more and more the case, Arghaven Royal Arsenal produced a cut-down version of the rifle, designated Mk. Ib. The Mk. Ib was a carbine designed for use in trenches and other close-quarter situations and quickly became one of the most favoured weapons of the Arsenal during the First Deep War.
In the year of 1916, a good four years into the War, the Arsenal issued a heavily modified version of the "Trencher" to specific battalions of the Royal Army. The Mark. Ib-2, as the designation went, was a heavy assault carbine that had undergone extensive modifications which included a lighter bolt, for increased fire-rate (not listed), a recoil dampening system taken from older heavy machineguns, and a heavy barrel. Combined with a 40 round drum-magazine, the Mk. Ib-2 was used as a heavy-support weapon together with the regular Mk. Ib.
When the Mk. II family of rifles got introduced after the First Deep War, the Mk. Ia was marked surplus and, but the Mk. Ib and Mk. Ib-2 still found wide use in both the Royal Army and other branches of the Armed Forces of Arghaven.
Mk. Ia/ / Mk. Ib // Mk. Ib-2
Caliber: .308 ARG
Magazine Capacity: 25/40
Rate of Fire: 300-400 (Chopper not listed)
Mk. Ia - 1200cm
Mk. Ib - 600cm/800cm
Mk. Ib-2 - 820cm
Mk. Ia - 3600g Unloaded
Mk. Ib - 3000g Unloaded
Mk. Ib-2 - 4500g Unloaded
This is the second piece of the rework of my old Arghavner weaponry, this time it's the first adopted automatic rifle!
As usual, this is a part of my alt-historic nation of Arghaven; a part of the An Age of Wolves universe, a collaberation with DerVulf , Balltrocity and Bajireyn
This rifle draws inspiration heavily form the Remington Model 8 / Model 81 repeating rifles, with a dash of my own added into the mix.