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D.E. Watters

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  1. FWIW: Paul Jaeger has something of a cult following among custom rifle collectors. http://www.germanhuntingguns.com/archives/archive-jaeger-paul/
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Colt offered a four-position selector in its "Enhanced" line. I seem to remember Greece buying some.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Don't forget the four HV-series rifles made by Chambons. They were originally divided evenly between 7x49mm (2nd Optimum) and .30 T65. HV-1 was later rechambered from 7x49mm to the .30 T65, and later yet, converted for the legacy .30-06. FWIW: The T65-chambered BSA rifles ran from #1 to #10, of which six were located in the Pattern Room collection. There were apparently fifteen 7.62mm EM2 made by RSAF-Enfield. Note that the serials ran from EN100 to EN114.
  14. Many moons ago, TFB showed a police loading with a jacketed flat-nose projectile. The sectioned view revealed that it was a knockoff of the Federal EFMJ / Guard Dog design.
  15. That photo appears to show the .38 S&W (9x20mmR). Note the large rim.