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Goosic wrote, "I'm not certain at all if you know this or not but,the Ross rifle has a pretty bad reputation for the bolt to inadvertently unlock after a round has been fired and discharge backwards into the shooters face. This is a small read from Wikipedia on the Ross rifle."

I am very well aware of that. That's why my father put this thing away and bought an Enfield... There was no Internet back in the day. However, the flaw in the design is well known and my rifle has a pin installed to prevent the incorrect assembly of the bolt. Mine is the Mark III. Just for certainty, we observed carefully the rotation of the locking lugs in use at the range. Loved shooting it.

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Might be an urban legend but it was enough to stop me from test firing one I cleaned and refinished the stock for a guy many years ago!
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The Mk1 could be incorrectly assembled, if the screw threads were mismatched it wasn't locked. They fixed that & several other issues with the mk3.
There's a video on it in "forgotten Weapons" let me see if I can find it.

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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Oops sorry, I missed your link.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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I posted some info - a while back - about the Ross.
First-hand experience from a WWI veteran.(sadly, he's gone now)
He had re-counted to me how while training, they heard the rumours of the Ross's failure. It always put doubt in their minds.
Then the guy on the platform beside him experienced the failure (in Niagara on the Lake - near Ft.George) The bolt killed the man.
He said it was an accurate & fine shooting rifle...but it was difficult to be accurate after seeing this - when as you shot you would roll your head left...just in case!
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