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A Cyberpunk Looking SMG - Demro XF-7 Wasp (1970s) (lemmy.world)

Designed by Gerry Fox in the early 1970s, this carbine saw production sequentially as the Fox Carbine, the TAC-1, and the XF-7 Wasp, as it went through several different manufacturers. It is an open bolt, semiauto carbine sold in both 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP – and you could get caliber conversion kits consisting of a bolt...

The Davy Crockett Weapon System (lemmy.world)

The M-28 or M-29 Davy Crockett Weapon System was a tactical nuclear recoilless smoothbore gun for firing the M388 nuclear projectile, armed with the W54 nuclear warhead, that was deployed by the United States during the Cold War. It was the first project assigned to the United States Army Weapon Command in Rock Island,...

Aussie Outlaw Ned Kelly's Body Armor (1879) (lemmy.world)

In 1879, Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly devised a plan to create bulletproof armour and wear it during shootouts with the police. He and other members of the Kelly gang—Joe Byrne, Steve Hart, and brother Dan Kelly—had their own armour suits and helmets crafted from plough mouldboards, either donated by...

Italian Prototype Low Bore Axis Pistol (1990s) (lemmy.world)

The most obvious feature of the pistol is the barrel which appears to be positioned, relative to the hand, at least as low as in the Laugo ALIEN, possibly even lower. Indeed, Invenzioni Italiane claims that dropping it further down would generate a negative muzzle jump upon firing. While we can argue that the Chiappa Rhino may...

The World's Largest 'Sporting' Rifle - .950 JDJ "Fat Mac" (lemmy.world)

JD Jones’ .950 JDJ cartridge is a generally described as the largest sporting rifle cartridge ever produced, producing more energy than even the 4-bore cartridges that match it in bore diameter. Only three of these rifles were made, and the original loading was a 2600 grain (168g) cast bullet moving at 2200 fps (670m/s), for a...

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