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Jake Holman Jr.'s Article – March 2011 Archive (5)

The Birthday of the Legendary M1911

On March 29, 1911 the John Browning-designed pistol went from contender to arguably the greatest service pistol ever fielded. One hundred years ago the Department of the Army officially adopted the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol as the M1911. The .45 ACP caliber gun would serve as the handgun of the United States armed forces until the mid-1980s.

 

Yet, it's…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Arming Tank Crews to Special Operations: The Stechkin

When Soviet Spetsnaz stormed the Afghan presidential palace in 1979, the weapon brought to bear on the overwhelmed defenders, the Stechkin automatic pistol.

 

The Stechkin curried favor in the modern age of special operations and counter-terrorism was designed in the late 1940s as a vehicle crew weapon; and for a time was mothballed before returning to the fists…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Gun That Inspired Uzi

By the 1980s the word Uzi became synonymous with bullet spewing death. The gangster connotation attached the Uzi submachine gun, was also the chosen weapon of the Israeli Defense Force, as well as dozens of countries, elite miliary and police agencies. The compact weapon went through three generations, each smaller than the last, before recently ending its run. The Uzi…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Carl Gustav's Never Ending Battlefield Reign

Stand clear of the backblast area! A shout heard by many soldiers, in many services over the past 60 plus years. The command, commonly made when a man-portable anti-tank weapon is brought to bare, is still being uttered by soldiers who wield the latest generation of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle.

 

In 1946 Swedish engineers developed the next generation…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 9, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Disposable Stream of Flame

A stream of flame is morally devastating on the battlefield, and of course, deadly too. Flamethrowers were fielded by the Axis and Allies during the Second World War. And while most were tank and backpack affairs, the need of a portable, disposable flamethrower for German paratroopers resulted in the Einstossflammenwerfer 46.

 

The throw-away flame thrower was…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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