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Jake Holman Jr.'s Article – October 2010 Archive (4)

Stg-45: Rollers that Lock

The German weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch is world renowned for their robust and reliable line of handguns, submachine guns, sniper and combat rifles. During the post-war decades, H&K rose to prominence because of its successful and ubiquitous MP-5 and G-3 series, 9mm and 7.62mm respectively.

The MP-5, to this day, is considered one of the premiere counter terrorist submachine guns; used for decades by elite units like the SAS… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Reising's SMG

Eugene Reising, protege of John Browning during the development of famous 1911 .45 pistol, heard the call from the War Department for a light pistol caliber carbine. He answered with the Reising M50 .45 caliber submachine gun.

The weapon was different than the standard submachine gun of the day, the Thompson, in that it was faster and cheaper to produce, more accurate and lighter; but ultimately unpopular in the field. When the weapon, patented in 1940, started rolling off… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 20, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

On Wings & Tracks: The Soviet Teletank

With the number of Soviet citizens, the human wall needed to defend and repel invaders of the Motherland was seemingly inexhaustible.Yet armament designers knew bodies weren't going to last forever.

And so, in technology they began investigating solutions to multiply the amount of firepower they could field. While the Germans looked at smaller tracked remotely operated vehicle, the Soviets simply converted existing tank systems to go to war with.

The Teletank was a… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 13, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

On Wings & Tracks III:Sonderkraftfahrzeug

When needing to clear a minefield or demolish an obstacle, the Wehrmacht developed a number of remotely controlled class of machines known as Sonderkraftfahrzeug or Special-Purpose Vehicle to do those important, yet dangerous jobs.

The most well known member of this class was the Sd.Kfz 302, the Goliath tracked mine. But while the Goliath was the smallest of the remotely controlled weapons deployed by the Wermacht, it was not the only device to roll across the European… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 6, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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