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Alright, we've got documents threads in aerospace and tanks, we need some for small arms now too. Small arms technology lags other fields by decades, by here at Sturgeon's House, it only lags by months! General Design Theory Treatises: First up is a link to George M Chinn's The Machine Gun. This is the premier English-language book on automatic weapon design theory. Also, because it was a US Government publication, it is legally available for free. The book is mainly focused on the design of autocannons, but the theory is applicable to smaller systems as well. If you read this book and understand it, you are ahead of 90% of the people in the industry. Next is this US Army document on small arms design hosted at Forgotten Weapons. The theoretical information in this is largely taken from Chinn, but it adds a lot of notes from experience on what does and does not work. It also has an excellent quantitative discussion of recoil, and some notes on various concepts the US Army was playing with at the time. More Specific Documents: Extractor Lift in the AR-15 series. This interesting series of tests disproves the rationale behind "improved" "lobstertail" AR-15 extractors. In addition, it shows just how much residual blowback pressure there is in the M4 (it's more than you'd think). Why Telescoped Ammunition Sucks. It really sucks. Jim Schatz on caseless ammunition. Very interesting read from a guy who was there when it happened.
I will be making a list of useful aerospace related documents in this thread. I'll be adding my own collection at first, feel free to add you own. Launch Vehicles Advanced Cryogenic Expendible SSTO Advanced Rocket Engines Air Augmented Rocket Propulsion Concepts Improved Saturn V Variants History of Soviet Liquid Fueled Engines Silbervogel The Space Shuttle as an Element in the National Space Program (published 1970) Space Shuttle Range Safety Command Destruct System Why Does the Space Shuttle Have Wings?: A Look at the Social Construction of Technology in Air and Space Human Rated Delta IV Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants Soviet Space Program Handbook (1988) Launch Loop Atlas V Users Guide Current Evaluation of Tripropellant Concept Star Raker Assessments of Proposed Upgraded (STS, 1999) Liquid Flyback Booster Configurations Liquid Flyback Booster Study Assessment Dual Liquid Flyback Booster for Space Shuttle Apollo Lunar Module Propulsion Systems Overview Lifting Manned Hypervelocity Reentry Vehicles Saturn V Improvement Study Nuclear Propulsion Missions to Mars and the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn Utilizing Nuclear Thermal Rockets with Indigenous Propellants Nuclear Thermal Rockets Using Indigenous Martian Propellants Nuclear Thermal Rocket/VehicIe Design Options for Future NASA Missions to the Moon and Mars Nuclear Pulse Propulsion Solid Core Nuclear Propulsion Concept Development of Nuclear Rocket Engines in the USSR NSWR Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Program Rover Nuclear Engine Program Tests Design of Antimatter Annihilation Rocket Antiproton Powered Propulsion with Magnetically Confined Plasma Engines Nuclear Pulse Space Vehicle Study SOAR: Space Orbiting Advanced Fusion Power Reactor Metal DUMBO Rocket Reactor Fission Fragment Rocket Engine The Political Feasibility of Nuclear Power in Space Liquid Annular Reactor System (LARS) On the Use of a Pulsed Nuclear Thermal Rocket for Interstellar Travel Fission Fragment Rockets (1988) Exploration Lunex Soviet Manned Lunar Program Solar Rocket System Concept Analysis Manned Mars Missions Using Electric Propulsion Galactic and Solar Cosmic Ray Shielding Issues in Radiation Protection: Galactic Cosmic Rays Titan Submersible Proposal Discovery of 1992 QB1 (first KBO) Color Diversity Among Centaurs and KBOs Manned Venus Flyby Proposal (1967) Manned Eros Flyby (would have used Apollo derivative possibly) Bussard Ramjet (simple) Bussard Ramjet (more stuff) Comparison of Phobos and Deimos as Exploration Targets Scenarios for the Orbits of 2000 CR105 and 2003 VB12 A couple of spaceflight books JIMO Materials Challenges Aerocapture Analysis for a Neptune Mission Aerogravity Assist at Triton Neptune Orbiters Using Solar and Radioisotope Electric Propulsion Magnetic Field of Mercury Human Exploration of Mercury and Saturn Project Mercury Report (1959) Abort Options for Mars Missions Manned Phobos Mission (Project APEX) Manned Venus Orbiting Mission High Altitude Venus Operations Concept Crewed Mission to Callisto Titan and Europa Mission Summary Design of a Common Lunar Lander (1991) Manned Lunar Habitats Meteroid/Debris Shielding Interstellar radio links enhanced by exploiting the Sun as a Gravitational Lens. Origin and Orbital Distribution of Trans-Neptunian Scattered Disc X-Ray Fluorescence from Inner Disc in Cygnus X-1 Evidence for a Distant Planet in the Outer Solar System Evidence for Nemesis (from 1985) THE USES OF ASTRONOMY AN ORATION Rapid Mars Transits with Exhaust-Modulated Plasma Propulsion VASIMIR Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report CO2/Metal Propellants for Mars Sample Return Missions ISS EVA Radiation Protection Studies The Mars Project (Von Braun, 1953) That is not dead which can eternal lie: the aestivation hypothesis for resolving Fermi’s paradox Nanotechnology and Space System Architecture Apollo Guidance Computer Code List Missiles Defense Against Ballistic Missiles ICBM Basing Options Soviet Theater Nuclear Forces: Implications for NATO Defense (1981) The Evolution of the Cruise Missile A series of presentations on guided missile technology from the National University of Singapore. Seize the High Ground: The Army in Space and Missile Defense Soviet Concepts of Ballistic Missile Defense ABM R&D at Bell Labs Production and Deployment of Nike-X Professional Development Short Course on Tactical Missile Design Tactical Missile Design The Pluto Program Ballistic Missile Defense Report Military Aviation US THE SEARCH FOR AN ADVANCED FIGHTER A HISTORY FROM THE XF-108 TO THE ADVANCED TACTICAL FIGHTER F-106 Data Sheet Encyclopedia of US Air Force Air Craft and Missile Systems, Vol. 1 (1945-1973) Encyclopedia of US Air Force Aircraft and Missile Systems, Vol. 2 (1945-1973) Designations of US Aircraft Accuracy of Azon Guided Bomb AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF A 0.12-SCALE MODEL OF THE A-9A AIRCRAFT AT MACH NUMBERS FROM 0.30 TO 0.80 A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) SYSTEMS ENGINEERING CASE STUDY FLIGHT EVALUATION (SYSTEMS) OF THE A-1OA PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT - APPENDIX V - WEAPON DELIVERY FLIGHT EVALUATION (SYSTEMS OF THE A-10A PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT RAND Study on F-20 Project FICON STABILITY AND CONTROL CHARACTERISTICS OF SEVEN LENTICULAR MODELS AT MACH NUMBER 5 FORCE TESTS ON TEN LENTICULAR MODEL CONFIGURATIONS AT MACH NUMBERS 3 AND 5 AND ANGLES OF ATTACK FROM 0 TO 90 DEG LANDING CHARACTERISTICS OF A LENTICULAR-SHAPED RE-ENTRY VEHICLE PYE WACKET. LENTICULAR ROCKET FEASIBILITY STUDY LONGITUDINAL STABILITY AND CONTROL CHARACTERISTICS OF A LENTICULAR MODEL AT MACH NUMBER 8 STATIC LONGITUDINAL STABILITY AND CONTROL CHARACTERISTICS AT MACH NUMBERS OF 2.86 AND 6.02 AND ANGLES OF ATTACK UP TO 95 DEGREES Congress and SDIO AIM-4F Falcon Characteristics Summary September 1963 AIM-4D Falcon Standard Missile Characteristics September 1963 APPROVED NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN FOR THE AIM-7M/P SPARROW MISSILE SYSTEM N88-NTSP-A-50-8008C/A NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN FOR THE AIM-9M SIDEWINDER MISSILE SYSTEM(FOR MODELS THROUGH AIM-9M-10) N78-NTSP-A-50-8105C/A NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN FOR THE AIM-9X SIDEWINDER MISSILE SYSTEM N88-NTSP-A-50-9601A/A APPROVED NAVY TRAINING PLAN FOR THE AIM-9M SIDEWINDER MISSILE SYSTEM (FOR MODELS THROUGH AIM-9M-8) A-50-8105B/A DRAFT NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN FOR THE AIM-54 PHOENIX MISSILE N88-NTSP-A-50-8007C/D APPROVED NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN FOR THE AIM-120 ADVANCED MEDIUM RANGE AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE N88-NTSP-A-50-8111C/A A-10/GAU-8 Low Angle Test Firings Versus Simulated Soviet Tank Company NPS-50-80-008 A4D-2 Standard Aircraft Characteristics Naval Air Training And Operating Procedures Standardization Manual A-4A/B/C F-16A-B MLU Pilot Guide Part 1 F-16A-B MLU Pilot Guide Part 2 Pilot Operational Procedures of F-16 USAF Test Pilot School F-4 Phantom II Guide USAF T. O. 1F-4C-1-2 Flight Operating Difference Supplemental Data USAF Series F-4E Aircraft Thunderbird Configuration NATOPS Flight Manual Navy Model RF-4B Aircraft NAVWEPS 01-235FDC-1 NATOPS Flight Manual Navy Model F-4J Aircraft NAVAIR 01-245FDD-1 NAVAIR 01-F14AAP-1B NATOPS POCKET CHECKLIST F-14B AIRCRAFT NATOPS FLIGHT MANUAL NAVY MODEL F−14D AIRCRAFT XB-35 Pilots Handbook YB-49 Pilots Handbook YRB-49A Pilots Handbook YF-12 Utility Flight Manual Aparent AN/APG–68(V5) Operations Guide, Used on F-16C Aircraft NAVEDTRA 14014A Ch. 9 Aircraft Ordnance Weapons File 2003-2004 TECHNICAL MANUAL, ENGINEERING HANDBOOK SERIES FOR AIRCRAFT REPAIR, GENERAL MANUAL FOR STRUCTURAL REPAIR T.O. NAVAIR 01-1A-1 - 1 APRIL 2015 NAVAIR 01-245DB-2-1.2 (6-1 to 6-49) part 1 NAVAIR 01-245DB-2-1.2 (6-50 to 6-86P) part 2 NAVAIR 01-245DB-2-1.2 (6-87 to 6-108) part 3 Pilots Flight Operating Instructions for Army Model B-17 F and G, British Model Fortress II P-40N Erection and Maintance P-40N Flight Operating Instructions F-86A Flight Handbook AN 01-60JLA-1 30 July 1952 F-86A Flight Handbook T.O. 1F-86-A-1 - 30 August 1957 U-2 Flight Utility Manual 1 March 1959 Supercharging the Allison V-1710 The Impact of Allied Air Attacks on German Divisions and Other Army Forces in Zones of Combat The Effect of the Allied Air Attacks on the Ground Echelon of the Luftwaffe in Western Europe in 1944 1959 SAC Target List A-26 Pilot Training Manual P-40 Pilot Training Manual P-51 Pilot Training Manual P-47N Pilot Training Manual P-38H Pilot Training Manual F-14D manual B-25 Pilot Training Manual USAF Designations Sheet (?) Air Force Performance in Desert Storm YF-109/F3L XBT2D-1 Destroyer Characteristics Sheet AD-5 Skyraider Aircraft Characteristics Sheet A4D-1 Skyhawk Aircraft Characteristics Sheet A2F-1 Intruder Aircraft Characteristics Sheet XF5U-1 Flapjack Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F7U-3P Cutlass Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F3D-2 Skyknight Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F4D-1 Skyray Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F2H-3 Banshee Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F3H-2N Demon Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F4H-1 Phantom Aircraft Characteristics Sheet AF1-E Fury Aircraft Characteristics Sheet AF-9J Cougar Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F-11A Tiger Aircraft Characteristics Sheet F-14A Tomcat Aircraft Characteristics Sheet R3Y-1 Tradewind Aircraft Characteristics Sheet R4Q-1 Flying Boxcar Aircraft Characteristics Sheet P2B-1 Superfortress Aircraft Characteristics Sheet P4M-1Q Mercator Aircraft Characteristics Sheet P5M-2S Marlin Aircraft Characteristics Sheet P3V-1 Orion Aircraft Characteristics Sheet D-188A Aircraft Characteristics Sheet HO4S-2 Aircraft Characteristics Sheet HSS-1F Seabat Aircraft Characteristics Sheet HSL-1 Aircraft Characteristics Sheet K-225 Aircraft Characteristics Sheet KD2G-2 Firefly Aircraft Characteristics Sheet D-188 Scale Model Flight Tests An Experimental Investigation of VTOL Flying Qualities Required for Shipboard Landings X-22A Report Air Combat Tactics Evaluation F-100 F-104 F-105 F-4C vs. MiG 15/17 Type Aircraft (F-86H) History of the NF-104A USAF Serial Numbers 1922-2018 JATO Rocket Flight Test An in-depth examination of the F-20 tigershark program Lockheed P-80A Manual North American X-15 Manual Bell YFM-1 Airacuda Manual CIA Oxcart Archives Performance and Surge Limits of a TF30-P-3 Turbofan Engine/Axisymmetric Mixed-Compression Inlet Propulsion System at Mach 2.5 Wind Tunnel Tests of 1/17th Scale XBDR-1 Model US Navy Interest in U-2 Project Hazel (Mach 3 Recon) Speed Agile Concept Lockheed's Archangel whitepaper NASA Comparison of Me-262, P-80, and Meteor P-38 Design Analysis, by Hal Hibbard Evolution of the F-16 USSR SOVIET ASSESSMENTS OF U. S. CLOSE AIR SUPPORT Soviet Naval Aviation (1986) Guide on using E-24 in MiG-23ML Part 1 Guide on using E-24 in MiG-23ML Part 2 Supposed digital transcription of Mi-24V(P) Pilots notes MiG-21Bis Performance Analysis Tumanskiy R-25-300 SU-27SK Flight Manual Part 1 SU-27SK Flight Manual Part 2 ICAS2002 Congress - Generations of Su-27 Fighter - Mickhail A. Pogossyan, Mickhail P. Simonov, German I. Zagainov, Alexy Z. Tarasov - Sukhoi Aircraft Design Bureau, Russia Aviation Week September 24 1990- Su-27 British Pilot Report (1 of 2) Aviation Week September 24 1990- Su-27 British Pilot Report (2 of 2) Russian performance charts for many planes Polkarpov Po-2 technical manual Tu-16 Badger Sukhoi T-50 Evaulation of Soviet Automatic Aircraft Guns 37mm NS and 37mm N Soviet Air Force P-39 Manual Soviet Assessments of North American Air Defense UK Vulcan B MK. 2 Aircrew Manual Hunter F.1 Pilots Notes Sea Hawk F.2, F.B.3&5 and F.G.A.4&6 Pilots Notes Sea Hornet F.20 Pilots Notes Venom FB.4 Pilots Notes SPITFIRE IX, XI & XVI PILOTS NOTES THIRD EDITION Seafire Mk.I, II, III Merlin 32, 45, 46, 55 or 55M Engine Pilots Notes Seafire Mk.XV&XVII Griffon VI Engine Pilots Notes Seafire mk.45 Griffon 61 Engine Mk.46 Griffon 87 Engine Seafire FR.47 Griffon 87 or 88 Engine Naval Air Fighting Development Unit Test Report on Seafire FR.47 Tempest Mk V Manual WT Thread with Pilot Notes on British/Commonwealth Planes Royal Air Force Buffalo Mk. I Manual Sweden Swedish Military Aircraft Reference Sheet Swedish Air Force Squadron Composition Saab SK35C Draken Flight Manual SFI FPL SK35C 29 October 1994 Australian Government Evaluation of J35B A Bunch of Swedish Gas Turbine Patents from the 1930s Swedish Air Force Jet Engines AJ and AJS 37 Viggen flight manuals (untranslated) 1965 Swedish Fighter Tactics Manual Italy G.91 Flight Testing Italian F-104 UCAV Proposal Macchi 200 C Aircraft Manual CR.32 Manual February 1941 Italian Aviation Magazine Germany A Ram-Jet Engine For Fighters (NACA, 1947, Translation of German Paper) 1950 report on the Horten designs Luftwaffenmaterialkommando GAF T.O. 1F-MIG29-1 Flight Manual MiG-29 (English) Ta-152H Teil 1 Ta-152H Manual Translated Ta 152 C, Baubeschreibung Nr.290, 5.Januar 1945, 12 Seiten Ta 152 H-0, H-1, Vorläufiges Handbuch, Elektrisches Bordnetz, Januar 1945, 42 Seiten Ta 152, Ersatzteil-Liste Ta 152, Januar 1945, 299 Seiten Ta 152 C,H, Werkzeichnungen , 1943-1945, Band 1, 104 Seiten Do-335 A1 Teil 0 Flight Handbook Do-335 Patentschrift Document Do-335 A1 Geraeteliste Do 335 A-6 Nachtjaeger Baubeschreibung Do 335 B-0 Zerstoerer Daimler Benz Handbuch DB 601 A-B Daimler Benz DB 603 A Handbuch Daimler Benz DB 603 E-G Handbuch East German MiG-29 The Development of German Antiaircraft Weapons and Equipment of All Types Up to 1945 Flight evaluation of a captured ME-262 Mk 214 Autocannon (in German) MK 103 Autocannon MK 112 Autocannon MK 115 Autocannon MK 412 Autocannon American Analysis of Me-110 Bf-109 F-1 Handbook Me-109 K-4 Handbook Me-163 Handbook Me-262 A-1 Handbook R4M Rocket Jumo 004 Improvements Jumo 004 Pictures Fritz-X Rheinmetall RZ-65 Hecht Glide-bomb Wasserfall Hs 117 Schmetterling Rheintochter Rheinbote Rh Z 61/9 Luftwaffe Suicide Projects He-176 Soviet Bf-109 G-2 trials Bf-109 F-1/F-2 with DB601N Performance Trials US Navy Report on Messerschmitt Aircraft Development Ta-152 Working Drawings Ta-400 Focke Wulf PTL 021 Japan A7M Wind Tunnel Test Results (Untranslated) A6M3 Operations Manual (Untranslated) Ki-10 Manual (Untranslated) Ki-44 Manual (Untranslated) Nakajima Type 99 Ha25 Manual Nakajima Aircraft Engine List (Line Type) Nakajima Aircraft Engine List (Single Row Radial) Nakajima Aircraft Engine List (Double Row Radial) F6F-5 vs. J2M3 Canada Canadian Neptune (P2V) Project 1794 (Avrocar) Final Report Israel 6 Day War Air Power France Mirage 2000C Manual L'Arsenal de l'aeronautique (Untranslated) Hawk 75 Pilot's Manual Hawk 75 Maneuvers Mirage F1 in South Africa Vietnam North Vietnam Air Defences Finland Winter War and Continuation War Aircraft Types Other/Uncategorized Leaked Swiss Evaluation of Gripen vs Eurofighter vs Rafale The Strategic Aspect of Supercruising Flight Standard Aircraft Characteristics Archive Close Coupled Canard Design for Air Combat Aerodynamic highlights of a fourth generation delta canard fighter aircraft Air Intakes for High Speed Vehicles Ballistic Missile Defense Penetration and Deceleration of 25,000 lb Bombs in Concrete Targets The Use of Prototypes in Weapon System Development Radar Cross Section Measurements Breuget Range Equation External Burning Ramjets Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story Engineering Design Handbook: Design for Air Transport and Airdrop of Materiel Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design A Study of Hypersonic Aircraft (1964) A Linear Accelerator in Space Astronomical Engineering: A Strategy for Modifying Planetary Orbits A comparison of sleeve valve and poppet valve engines. Aviation (Civilian) Generalized Performance Comparison of Large Conventional, Tail Boom, and Tailless Aircraft (NACA, 1947) The Supersonic Transport as an Instrument of National Power Silent Supersonic Demonstrator (Japan) Sonic Boom Reduction United 232: Coping with Loss of All Flight Controls Wing-in-Ground Effect Craft Supersonic Aerodynamics 747-400 Flight Crew Operations Manual Boeing 747-400 Operations Manual 767-300 Flight Crew Operations Manual For Norwind Airlines - Document Number D632T001-36NRW - Revision Number: 9- Revision Date: August 16, 2013 Aerodynamic Characteristics of Four Duct Tandem VTOL Aircraft Configurations Engine Proposal for Phase III of the Supersonic Transport Program Supersonic Transport Engines GE4 vs. JTF17 Sonic Cruiser Concept Analysis Span-Distributed Loading Cargo Aircraft Biographies/Personal Accounts Fulcrum: A Top Gun Pilot's Escape from the Soviet Empire, by Alexander Zuyev MiG Pilot: The Final Escape of Lt. Belenko Boris Chertok Memoir Link to English translation Memoirs of an Aeronautical Engineer: Flight Tests at Ames Research Center: 1940-1970 The Problem of Space Travel 1928 by Slovenian Engineer Herman Potočnik General Kenney Reports, a personal History of the Pacific War By George C Kenney: Darker Shades of Blue Rockets and People, by Boris Chertok Pierre Sprey gets dunked on