This really cool page of exploded views was sent in by a commenter. Thanks!
The Army’s going to stay with the M4A1, from all appearances. The Improved Carbine competitors? Not improved enough.
Remington’s staying put. We’re going to have a post elaborating on that.
DEFCAD is still down, at least with respect to firearms parts files. In related news, Francisco Franco is still dead. The Forum may light a beacon for those of you who missed your chance to download 4.2 Saito and the Liberator files.
Speaking of which, the buried lede in this story is that a guy named Michael Weinberg and his organization, “Public Knowledge, a digital-rights advocacy group that represents consumers in technology policy,” are working with legislators on a ban on 3D printing of gun parts.
Want a bullpup version of a Remington 870? Bullpup Unlimited has you covered with their conversion stock (hat tip: Oleg Volk).
Another one from Oleg — he’s always getting into something interesting — is a revolving carbine based on the Taurus Judge and inspired by the Colt revolving rifles of the 1860s. The slot in the forearm for the revolver’s cylinder crane to pass through looked a bit odd to us.
SHOT, out: anti-gun British company Reed Exhibitions was sacked as organizer of the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades) show by its sponsor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation. This is fallout from Reed’s botching of the Harrisburg, PA show this year. (Maybe Reed can save a seat on the bugout bird to Britain for Piers Morgan?)
Speaking of NSSF, remember the year-over-year monthly count of NICS checks that, last time we looked, had set many records for duration? April’s numbers are in, and the streak continues. It’s now 35 months, one month short of 3 years, that every month has been higher than the same month the year before. (Looking at data this way is a standard management procedure to observe growth without being confused by seasonality in the numbers). Hat tip: No Lawyers.
A group of gun-ban enthusiast women got Amazon to take down a target for sale because it represented a woman — a zombie woman. This, they says, promotes violence against women like them. We guess if that’s how they want to define themselves, go for it. We knew the gun control movement wasn’t looking real lively. But who knew it was undead? (The author of the story glosses over the zombie bit. Typical journalist).
This Walther was liberated at Dachau by MG William A. Levine. It can’t be displayed by the museum that owns it.
Meanwhile, Chicongo is on track to break its murder record, despite the sheer unpossibility of gun violence in a city that completely bans guns. How completely? Chicago museums can’t display historic guns, like this Walther liberated along with thousands of desperate, starving scarecrows at Dachau.
An Alderman who is a history buff is working to change the law, at least as far as museums are concerned. But citizens? No gun for you!
Foreign and Enemy Weapons
Russia threw a big bash for V-E day. Putin tossed down vodka with some 2,000 surviving veterans… and thanked them. Putin said: “You toppled a vicious foe. You brought freedom to the people of the entire world.” Well, except for those trapped in the Soviet Union, who didn’t get any freedom for another 60 years, roughly.
SF History and Lore
A filmmaker of questionable integrity has been promoting a documentary that’s supposed to be the story of an American SF soldier, John Hartley Robertson, whose helicopter was shot down in flames. It’s a fraud every way you look at it.
VA managers in Pennsylvania let an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease thin the herd a bit. Accountability? Hey, we said this is the VA. The careless managers got as much as $70k each in bonuses.
British Joint Intelligence doctrine has some similarities and some differences compared to our own. (.PDF files).
A former spokesman for the ELF terrorist group, a guy with a long rap sheet, has his nose out of joint that the FBI is still keeping tabs on him. Awwwwww. Pauvre petit.
HELL. That’s what they got when “politically correct” senior officers ordered that no Christian chaplain appear, nor Christian prayer be uttered, at a memorial service for several fallen SEALs in Bagram in 2011. Instead, they’d have our valiant Afghan allies provide a mullah — who, praying in Arabic, consigned the SEALs (“Infidels!”) to hell, and celebrated the terrorist victory: “the Muslims are the winners!” If you wondered why we don’t have this war won yet, this is a pretty good illustration of why — including the fact that it took two years for anybody to listen to the tape.