I probably had seen reference to it, but the first conversation I remember about the Owen Gun took place at a pub in London near Chelsea Barracks.
I went to the Imperial War Museum a couple of weeks later and through a contact who worked with the weapons collection had a chance to examine an Owen Gun in their collection.
However, once the Owen Gun was in full production, Austen production was shut down.
Unlike many SMG magazines I found that I could fully load those for the Owen Gun without a magazine loader.
AUSTRALIAN MK 1/42 OWEN GUN SPECIFICATIONS Action: Select-Fire, Blowback, Open Bolt Caliber: 9x19mm Overall Length: 32 inches Barrel Length: 9.85 inches Weight: 10.7 lbs loaded Magazine Capacity: 33 rounds Sights: Rear: Aperture Set for 100 yds, Front: Post (both offset) Cyclic Rate: 700 RPM Caption: Firing a 15-20 round burst at a Son of a Gun silhouette target at 25 yards.
Caption: Shortly after adoption of the Owen Gun an Australian soldier demonstrates shoulder-firing technique.
Ordnance ordered the Owen gun but sent a new set of production drawings which completely altered the design.
So, after official balking and delays, the 9mm Owen Gun finally went into mass production.
The only slight complaint about the Owen Gun Mark I was its weight.
The Owen Gun Mark I Woodbutt was later superseded by the Owen Gun Mark II.
The Owen Gun also saved the Australian government millions.
The Owen gun was used by Australian Forces in Vietnam until it was withdrawn in 1962-63.