Apr 30, 2012

Ultimate Weapons: Assault Rifles and Accessories

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Moving up from submachine guns, this week's series is on assault rifles and accessories.
  • LWRC M6 PSD: Originally designed for the Navy SEALS, the LWRC M6 PSD is capable of penetrating soft armor and hard barriers.
  • Ferfrans SOAR: An assault rifle designed as an improvement of the M16A1, AR-15 and M4 rifles
  • CornerShot: Allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack.
  • M32 Grenade Launcher: A semi-automatic grenade launcher that can fire all 6 rounds in less than 3 seconds!
  • The Simon: the SIMON rifle grenade is capable of breaching any type of door!
  • The Beowulf: Snap the Beowulf .50 Cal receiver on an M16 platform, and watch the large .50 caliber ammunition make mincemeat out of motor vehicles.
This will be all for Ultimate Weapons for now, normal kung fu programming to resume in our next post.

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Apr 21, 2012

Ultimate Weapons: Submachine Guns

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This week's series is on submachine guns, which combines the automatic fire of a machine gun with the cartridge of a pistol.
  • FN P90: NATO wanted a new type of personal defense weapon, and they received the P90, a sub machine gun for the future.
  • Knight's PDW: Highly mobile and portable for stealth operations, the Knight's PDW is a reliable compact system
  • Heckler & Koch MP7: Smaller than a conventional submachine gun, the MP7 A1 is capable of rifle-like effectiveness.
  • Uzi: The Uzi is a family of Israeli open bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns.
  • Magpul FMG9 The Magpul FMG-9 is a prototype for a new generation of folding submachine guns
  • Heckler & Koch G36: The compact folding G36 is built for close-quarter combat in tight spaces and underwater missions.

Notes: The G36 is an assault rifle, grouped here as a comparison. The previous two Ultimate Weapon posts have been edited to provide clickable links and more vivid thumbnails. Photo Credit: IMFDB

Apr 14, 2012

Ultimate Weapons: Artillery (Part 2)

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Continuing our coverage of Discovery Channel's Ultimate Weapons documentary, here are the other 4 artillery weapons featured:
  • NLOS Cannon: With the power of computer networking and hybrid engine technology, the NLOS Cannon offers stealth and accuracy in a lightweight platform.
  • PzH 2000: Combining precision engineering with 8rpm, the PzH 2000 is a lethal highly-automated artillery system.
  • Stryker MGS: A lightweight mobile gun system, the Stryker MGS is perfectly adapted to the modern battlefield.
  • Dillon Aero: The Dillon Aero Gatling Gun is capable of pumping out 3,000 shots per minute! Though no a cannon, it is almost cannon-like in the the quantum of output.

Note: The Dillon Aero is a heavy machine gun, grouped here for its firepower.
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Apr 8, 2012

Ultimate Weapons: Artillery (Part 1)

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In the West, the sophistication of martial arts has exploded with the use of science and technology in weaponry. Over the next few posts, we will take a look at latest developments in modern weaponry and armaments with clips from the Discovery channel's Ultimate Weapons documentary.

We start off where we left off from the previous post. The Coast Guard's 25mm gun wasn't quite the best weapon to sink a 164 ft (50 metre) fishing vessel. It was reported it took more than four hours to get the job done, and only after a larger caliber gun was brought to bear. This larger gun would likely be the 57mm MK 110 Naval Gun.

We thus kick off this Ultimate Weapons series the MK 100 and three other artillery systems:
  • MK 110 Naval Gun: The MK 110 delivers high rates of fire with extreme accuracy against surface, airborne and shore-based threats.
  • Archer Artillery System: Unloading 20 rounds in 2.5 minutes Swedish designed Archer is designed to work at all hours in all weather conditions.
  • M777 Howitzer: Weighing in at 4.7 tons , the M777 gives the military a lighter artillery weapon to be transported around the battlefield.
  • Dragon Fire II: Capable of firing at a target within 18 seconds in any direction, it is no wonder why the Dragon Fire II heavy mortar was designed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Apr 6, 2012

United States Coast Guard 25mm Cannon

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The trending news this past few days is about the abandoned Japanese fishing vessel 'ghost ship' Ryou-Un Maru, set adrift by the tsunami, was sunk by United States Coast Guard using 25mm cannon fire.

What does a patrol boat mounted cannon look like? Here are two videos of the 25mm cannon in action. The first shows the cannon being used to sink a boat. The second shows a concert of 7.62mm M240 (heard but not shown in the video) 12.7mm M2 guns (the gun on the left), and a 25mm M242 cannon (the gun in the foreground) being used in target practice. The deeper sounding the gunfire, the higher the caliber of the gun.

Picture Credit: Wikipedia