Trump Expands What Obama Started—Banning Russian Rifle Imports
In the world of 7.62-millimeter rifles, Russian-made AKs and Veprs in particular—a group of AK-style variants produced by gunmaker Molot—are highly prized for their quality, durability and killer cool. Veprs became even more coveted in 2014, when the Obama administration imposed sanctions on competitor Kalashnikov Concern following the Russian invasion and... Read more
Nadie quería el fusil súper corto M-16K
La empresa La France Specialties, propiedad de Tim La France, desarrolló el M-16K a principios de los años ochenta. Esta carabina tenía un cañón de 21 centímetros de largo y una longitud total de 60 centímetros con la culata retraída. La France diseñó el sumamente compacto M16K “para situaciones... Read more
Some Guy Named Andrews Invented a Very Odd Submachine Gun
The Andrews Machine Carbine is something of a mystery. Little information is available on the World War II-vintage submachine gun, although some relatively good black and white photographs do exist. The boxy weapon was developed in 1942 and ’43 by an Australian designer with the last name Andrews —... Read more
The U.S. Army Wants a More Powerful Rifle
On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Army officially asked industry for information on a new 7.62-by-51-millimeter rifle. The request signals the Army’s intention to begin moving away from the 5.56-by-45-millimeter M-16 and M-4 that have been the ground-combat branch’s main firearms for generations. The Army’s RFI comes hot on... Read more
The DOE Colt Was for Nuke-Plant Guards
Often described as the “DOE Colt,” after a 1980s U.S. Department of Energy contract for submachine guns, the R0633 is a nine-by-19-millimeter submachine gun based on the M-16. Colt employees referred to the R0633 as a “briefcase gun.” The DOE Colt is select-fire, with a three-position selector switch. It’s... Read more
Nobody Wanted the Super-Short M-16K
Tim La France’s company La France Specialties developed the M-16K in the early 1980s. This carbine had a 21-centimeter-long barrel and an overall length of 60 centimeters with its stock collapsed. La France meant the extremely compact M16K “for situations where a full-power rifle is desirable, but a smaller... Read more
This Snag-Proof Pistol Never Caught On
In September 1918, inventor John Morrison of Spokane, Washington patented a simple adaptation for sidearms that ostensibly made them snag-proof. The modification also elongated a weapon’s sight radius. Morrison’s patent claimed to “provide a pistol embodying a simple and inexpensive appartenance designed and adapted to provide a considerable distance between the... Read more
The HK33 Rifle Never Really Caught On
In 1968 Heckler & Koch launched the HK33 rifle, chambered in 5.56-by-45 millimeter, to compete with Colt’s AR-15/M16. The HK33, and later HK53, used the same roller-delayed blowback action the company developed for the 7.62-by-51-millimeter G3 in the mid-1950s. The HK33 won only a few major contracts. For its... Read more
Clyde Farrell Made a Rocket Machine Gun
Thirty years before Robert Mainhardt and Art Biehl debuted their GyroJet rocket-powered pistol and rifle, another inventor gained some notoriety for his own, ahem, rocket gun system. Yes, you read that right. In July 1934 Modern Mechanix magazine hailed a new machine gun “hardly heavier than an air rifle” that was... Read more
AAI’s Rifle-and-Grenade-Launcher Combo Went Nowhere
The U.S. Army’s Objective Individual Combat Weapon program launched in December 1993. The goal was to develop a new, ergonomic infantry weapon combining a rifle and grenade launcher and possessing superior hit probability at intermediate and long ranges — 500 and 1,000 meters, respectively. The OICW had to be better than... Read more
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