Functions TF for WWII Tommy guns

Complete with the super-detailed cutaways, this 1942 U.S. Army training film covers the non-Blish lock operation of the M1928A1 and M1/M1A1 made by Savage Arms and Auto-Ordnance after April 1942.

The most common Tommy guns of all time, these were made in quantity (562,511 M1928A1s and a million “United States Submachine Gun, Cal. .45, M1” and M1A1), though they were all replaced by the cheaper M3 Grease Gun soon after the war.

Private Bruce Rutherford and doggoes cleaning his “Chicago Typewriter”


Navy completes Vietnam War book series

USS Saint Paul bombarding communist positions off Vietnam, Oct 1966

With the publication last week of End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia, the Naval History and Heritage Command has announced the completion of its nine-year, nine-book series titled The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War.

All books in the U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series are available online for free download as 508-compliant PDF files, MOBI versions for Kindle devices, and the ePub for most other readers. Readers can download their free copy and enjoy them on the go. If you want a hard copy, you can purchase one from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

The series traces its roots to the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, which directed the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The titles in the series include (with pdf hyperlinks in the titles):

1.) The Approaching Storm: Conflict in Asia, 1945-1965

2.) Nixon’s Trident: Naval Power in Southeast Asia, 1968-1972

3.) The Battle Behind Bars: Navy and Marine POWs in the Vietnam War

4.) Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon

5.) Combat at Close Quarters: Warfare on the Rivers and Canals of Vietnam

6.) Naval Air War: The Rolling Thunder Campaign

7.) Knowing the Enemy: Naval Intelligence in Southeast Asia

8.) Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War

9.) End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia

Enjoy, and get to reading.


The Maxim 50, err 47

The first “silencer” was developed and patented by Hiram Percy Maxim in 1909 and he continued to patent new designs into the 1930s, when he withdrew from the market in the wake of the National Firearms Act of 1934, which placed a (for then) outrageous $200 tax on transferring the devices, which had to be registered with the federal government.

Currently, there are over 1.3 million suppressors on the NFA’s NFRTR list, in all 50 states (law enforcement and dealers have to register theirs as well) with the devices approved for civilian use and ownership in 42 states, and for use in hunting in 40 of those.

Well, SilencerCo last week introduced a brilliant idea: a .50-caliber in-line 209 muzzleloader with a 9-inch “moderator” welded to the end of the barrel, making possibly the first commercially available suppressed black powder rifle. Since the ATF says BP guns are primitive weapons, and the can is permanently attached to said primitive weapon, then it is not a NFA-regulated suppressor.

Which means that, as far as Washington is concerned, it can be bought online via mail-order, and shipped to your door everywhere in the country with no tax stamp or NFA paperwork.

SilencerCo is sending me one to T&E, and it looks simple and very cool.

Touting a significant reduction in recoil and smoke as well as 139dB sound performance, the overall length of the system is 45-inches while weight is 7.4-pounds.

They recommend 100 grains of Blackhorn 209 powder and projectiles that do not have wadding or plastic that separate upon firing, for example, Federal B.O.R. Lock Z or Hornady FPB rounds.

Unfortunately, while the feds say the Maxim 50 is 50-state complaint, at least three states disagree, so they are just shipping to 47 states at the current time.

Still, 47 is higher than 42…and the genie is out of the bottle.

A reply to LCpl Joe Hickey from the Gipper, 34 years ago today

Via the Marine Corps History Division:

You’ve heard the quote by President Reagan; do you know where it comes from? You do now! Thanks to our friends at the Reagan Library for doing the digging to find this.

The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing would occur exactly a month to the day after this letter was written, claiming the lives of 241 U.S. peacekeepers (primarily of 1st Battalion/8th Marines), 58 French peacekeepers (of the 3rd Company of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment), and six civilians.

100 Years ago today, Key West NAS


On this day in 1917 Lt. Stanley Parker made the first Naval flight recorded at Key West. It was in a Curtiss N-9 seaplane, like the one pictured here in Key West, circa 1917-18 (the planes in the back are Curtiss Model Fs).

The N-9 was the floatplane variant of the classic Curtiss JN-4 Jenny trainer and the Navy ordered very decent 560 of the craft, which remained in service as late as 1927. In all they trained more than 2,500 Navy, Coast Guard and Marine aviators during the World War I period alone and were vital to the development of catapult operations and early torpedo bomber experiments including pilotless drone torpedo concepts.


Only one is still in existence, on display in the Pre-1920 Aviation exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA

Key West NAS, of course, is still around, though very battered these days.

Happy first day of fall

And in thoughts of things colder, here is the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) digging the Northern Lights as she transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

“Oscar Austin is on a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe, and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.”

Australian Glocks go a bit longer

My homie Sean Lindley with Texas Machine Gun & Ordnance told me that he was able to pick up the first Glock 17A out of Australia imported into the U.S. earlier this month. While it is not lubricated with Fosters and zeroed in on packs of running dingoes, Sean says the big difference between the 17A and a normal 17 is in the barrel…

Can you spot the difference?

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