Many thanks for the information Peter,
I am a fan of handguns and can understand the reasons for 'hammerless' in the G.I. version. I had a cracking Webbly .38, single and double action, 'feather light' in the second action and so following an an 'accidental cocking', which would be all too easy (with a hammer) in an armoured vehicle, it would have been all too easy to have an A.D. ... and that inside a AFV, ouch !
I can certainly understand the humour of the men of those times ... did they have a special silver bullet ?
The SMG was not an improvement on a hand-gun. Other than being much too large and dangerous to have inside and so, if I recall rightly, was deposited in the bins outside and so useless should one have to exit under enemy fire ! Also, I once had one run away on me, (fire an automatic burst until the magazine is empty) quite a shock when you think it's on 'R' ... and that during a live firing exercise with people right, left and in front of me ! Years later I was in an LCU when somebody had an A.D. with his SMG, cocked by another persons bergan (back-pack) luckily it did not 'run away' and only fired a single round, even so two men were wounded. The thought of this happening inside an AFV makes my skin itch.
Best regards and thanks again, Bill Bentley