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D.E. Watters

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  1. SAR once wrote up a Class II Manufacturer that had converted a PSL from 7.62x54mmR to .50 Alaskan.
  2. The story at the time was that the SAS spent more money in testing the candidate weapons than they did in purchasing the selected L119A1.
  3. Someone still needs to interview Knox's George Reynolds before he gets too old and begins pining for the fjords. I want to know about his 30mm single-shot and semi-auto underbarrel grenade launcher designs for the US Army back in the 1970s. I believe that he was also behind Knox's standalone semi-auto 30mm grenade launcher that was flogged for several years by Honeywell and then ATK before the OICW program finally drove a stake through its heart. Most folks know him now for the current Armalite AR30 and AR50 rifles.
  4. FWIW: Paul Jaeger has something of a cult following among custom rifle collectors. http://www.germanhuntingguns.com/archives/archive-jaeger-paul/
  5. Never mind that the British SAS had acquired 5,000 AR-15 in 1965, and put them to use almost immediately in Borneo. Never mind that they ordered another 13,000, circa 1967.
  6. D.E. Watters

    Documents Repository: Small Arms

    I still want to see the unsolicited Brunswick SAW. https://www.google.com/patents/US4066000 For that matter, I'd also like to get more information on the Springfield and AAI belt-fed machineguns chambered for SPIW cartridges.
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    Documents Repository: Small Arms

    The ACR trials final summary is also there. It describes all of the candidates, even those that didn't make it to the trials. Mind you, there are two copies; one is a crappy photocopy, while the other looks like it was scanned from an original. I think this is the correct one. "Advanced Combat Rifle (ACR) Program, Volume I, ACR Program Summary" February 1992 https://www.smallarmsreview.com/archive/detail.arc.entry.cfm?arcid=S00440
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    Documents Repository: Small Arms

    The US Army tried to duplicate the Aussies' results and couldn't. "Flash Suppressor Comparisons and Analysis for the F89 and M249 Machine Guns" February 1993 http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a263086.pdf
  9. The Federal Syntech is merely an outgrowth of their decades old Nyclad design, which had originally been developed and sold by Smith & Wesson. Federal bought the patent rights when S&W decided to get out of the ammunition business in the early 1980s. https://www.google.com/patents/US4328750 Also note that the Herters ammo is being loaded by CCI/Speer, Federal's sister company under the Vista Outdoor corporate umbrella.
  10. Don't forget that both Manurhin and FAMAE were licensed to produce the SG540 series. Manurhin sold some to Lebanon prior to (or during) their civil war in the 1970s.
  11. FWIW: The M14 EBR stock was an outgrowth of NSWC-Crane's efforts to graft Sage's Remington 870 retracting stock on existing stocks for the M14.
  12. Colt offered a four-position selector in its "Enhanced" line. I seem to remember Greece buying some.
  13. TLG had specific horror stories about his time at SIGARMS. In one example, one of the Ron Cohen's underlings floated the idea of making a less accurate barrel so they could then sell the existing OEM barrels as an extra-cost upgrade part. Todd also fought to make the SRT a standard offering across the P22# line. It literally would not have cost any more than the legacy action parts. However, this was shot down as the SRT could be marketed once again as an extra-cost upgrade.
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    Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Dang. That said, perhaps this was only meant for the prototype runs? You wouldn't want to mill out a bunch of sheet metal forming dies just to have the receiver configuration change. Note that when Gene Stoner fabricated his AR-12 prototype, the upper receiver was actually machined to look like it was stamped. The goal was to eventually transition to stampings once the basic design was settled.
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    Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Is the EM2 receiver an entirely machined piece, or is it merely a machined section solely for the barrel trunnion and locking abutments, encased in a stamping? Say like a StG44?