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Random Shots: Episodes in the Life of a Weapons Developer
by Roy E. Rayle
A Merriam Press Original Publication
Military Monograph MM317
Fascinating account of the author's varied career from prior to World War II, working at the Naval Gun Factory and Aberdeen Proving Ground, his wartime service with Aviation Ordnance in the AAF, and his postwar career with Army Ordnance.
This book deals primarily with his service at the Springfield Armory in the 1950s and 1960s where he participated in the development of such weapons as the M14 and M16 rifles, M60 machine gun, aircraft revolver and Gatling guns, 40-mm M79 grenade launcher, tank machine guns, HAW/BAT/TOW and spotting rifles, and the side-firing AC-130 "Spectre" gunship cannon.
Included is a chapter recounting several gun stories, mostly dealing with World War II experiences.
- Infantry Board Tests
- Arctic Rifle Tests
- An American FN Rifle
- Industry Interest in Small Arms
- Final Development of Two Rifles
- Final Rifle Tests
- M14 Rifle Production
- Armalite/Colt Rifles
- The M60 Light Machine Gun
- Aircraft Revolver and Gatling Guns
- The 40-mm M79 Grenade Launcher
- Tank Machine Guns
- HAW/BAT/TOW and Spotting Rifles
- Side-Firing Gunship Cannon
- Random Gun Stories
- Caliber .50 Only for the Army Air Corps
- Dirty Ammunition in Benghazi
- Bad Bombs in France
- Automatic Carbines in Belgium
- Chrome-Plated Barrel Bores
- Small Arms Museums
- An Army 9-mm Pistol
- U.S. Rifle 7.62-mm M14
- Rifle 7.62-mm T48 (FN)
- U.S. Machine Gun 7.62-mm M60
- Rifle 7.62-mm AR-10 (Armalite) (Early 1957 Version)
- U.S. Rifle 5.56-mm M16A1
- Gas Systems
- Gun Barrel Design
- Automatic Weapons Calculations
- Primer Setback Analysis
- Case/Chamber Relationships
Booksellers: This title is now available from Ingram.
Originally published by Merriam Press in a different format under ISBN 9781576380390.
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