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D.E. Watters

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  1. Dean Speir covered this over at "The Gun Zone" back when it happened in 2001. Initial Report https://web.archive.org/web/20160317190046/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/m1akb.html Shooter's Reply https://web.archive.org/web/20160315120725/http://thegunzone.com/m1akb/762d2.html Necropsy https://web.archive.org/web/20160315121736/http://thegunzone.com/m1akb/762r.html
  2. Back in 2009, I stumbled across a site hosting the annual command histories for the Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) from 1960 through the mid-'80s. I found an interesting tidbit in the 1974 history regarding an examination of establishing South Vietnamese production of the Lazy Dog munition for the VNAF.
  3. A Czech company did just that, as well as a 7.5mm Swiss variant. Google the Luvo Arms LA-11.
  4. Just stumbled across this 1973-vintage document on DTIC: "The Source Locator: A Directory of Information Sources in Small Arms Technology and Thesaurus." Just at the start I see a directory of all of the then current DOD personnel working on US small arms R&D, including a description of their areas of expertise.
  5. Here is a direct link to William C. Davis, Jr.'s report on the modified T48: “An Investigation of an Experimental Caliber .22 High Velocity Bullet for Rifles.” https://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/101401.pdf
  6. No, that was the .22 Homologous, using a 7.62mm NATO case necked down for 0.224" projectiles.
  7. FWIW: There has been additional patent activity on the Federal 9mm EPR. https://patents.google.com/patent/USD813974 http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1="20180156584".PGNR.&OS=DN/20180156584&RS=DN/20180156584 (Note that this application was filed once the patent Sturgeon listed was granted.)
  8. FWIW: The former document was part of the 12 volume report assembled by the US Army in response to the Ichord Subcommittee's report. I linked all 12 volumes here. http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/104-documents-repository-small-arms/?page=3&tab=comments#comment-129310 Ichord Subcommittee Hearings Transcript https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112109164266 Ichord Subcommittee Report https://hdl.handle.net/2027/umn.31951p00793094y
  9. It is conceivable that both the rimless and semi-rimmed cartridges could work with a breechface sized for the semi-rim.
  10. Perhaps that's why they made a new common link, instead of using the legacy KPV link? You are either going to use a semi-rim or belt on a cartridge like that. I wouldn't trust the rotating band for headspacing. FWIW: The US played with its Cal .60 case by necking it down to 12.7mm and all the way up to 27mm before deciding upon the 20x102mm.
  11. Don't know. The 2018 presentations haven't been posted on DTIC's webpage yet. When they go up, it will probably be at this link: https://ndia.dtic.mil/2018/armament/2018armament.html
  12. My immediate guess is the supernatural, like "The Crow" and several other supernatural revenge flicks.
  13. I'm anxiously awaiting the Q-Bert and Frogger movies. Loved the Rampage arcades games though...
  14. I caught a 1971 International Defense Review on eBay the other week. It confirmed the Lockheed connection for International sales. They would also supply the tooling and setup, while ArmaLite would handle QC. Another interesting comment was that Mauser was looking at buying a license for it.
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