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Jake Holman Jr.'s Article – February 2012 Archive (5)

Big Gun of Japan

Twenty millimeter rounds have traditionally been the ammunition fired from mounted weapons, like aircraft cannons and anti-aircraft guns. Occasionally, they can be found in semi-automatic shoulder fired weapons in the anit-tank role. Those weapons are particulalrly heavy and punishing to the firer.

Imagine a 20mm…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The Explosive Eel

Minefields are war's lingering, deadly echoes. Decades after hostilities cease, the mines sowed by nations will remain behind, waiting to be found by men, women and children returning to the one-time battlefield. Removing the mines, sowed by the millions during the frenzy of war will never happen. But during combat, how…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The First: Fedorov's Assault Rifle

Claims of the first "assault rifle" are many, but most consider the German Stg-44 the first modern select-fire infantry weapon. However, a few decades before World War II a Russian weapons designer Vladamir Fedorov successfully created a weapon that vies for the title of first, if not as refined.

The Avtomat was a…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Up a Sleeve: The One Shot MKII

The world of cloak and dagger has always captured the imagination. Suppressed pistols, garrotes, ice picks and Black Jacks, all the tools of silent warfare. Whether its removing a sentry or assasination, being quiet often means surviving to fight another day.

One quiet kill weapon of World War II was the Sleeve…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 8, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Light and Death: Grenade Launching Pistols

From flare pistol, to grenade launcher, during World War II an innovative effort to turn a less-than-lethal weapon into something more deadly was understaken by German small arms designers.

Simple flare guns, common to all the armies engaged…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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