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Choosing a Semi-Automatic Rifle: Why Semi?

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 in Military News | 0 comments

Since the technology appeared around the turn of the 19th century, semi-automatic operation has been heavily used in pistols, shotguns and rifles. Also referred to as self-loading or autoloading, the semi-automatic firearm is the standard used for many different applications. For those who aren’t quite clear about the differences, semi-automatic operation means that every time the trigger is pulled a bullet is fired and the force is used to eject the spent casing and load a new cartridge into the chamber. This differs from earlier types of actions like lever and bolt in which the user had to manually eject the casings and load a new cartridge. And although the two are commonly confused, semi-auto actions are not the same as fully automatic operation in which one pull of the trigger will continuously fire bullets until the trigger is...

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Collecting Weapons for Display

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 in Military News | 0 comments

Collecting Weapons for Display: For Use and Aesthetics Self defense has long been lauded by enthusiasts and health professionals alike as good cardiovascular exercise that also improves balance and flexibility, while also helping to increase confidence, body awareness and mental focus. While some methods use only the body as a means of defense, other forms use found objects or specific weapons. Displaying these weapons not only keeps them handy for home defense, but also shows your respect of them. They are also beautiful in their own right, as art pieces. The Practical Side of Home Defense For those who have invested years of their life and many thousands of dollars into becoming proficient with a weapon, it makes sense to have a few around the home. Whether there is a home intruder or you simply heard a strange noise...

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Cleaning Your Gun After Every Session At The Range

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Military News | 0 comments

People who shoot for leisure can keep their guns in good shape with a cleaning kit. someone who hunts or uses their gun for their work must clean their gun every day as a precaution. Each and every weapon depends on cleanliness to make sure the gun does not misfire or jam. Gun owners should take a look at these cleaning kits for their weapons. The Kit Handgun and rifles cleaning kits are different because of the size of the weapon. People who are cleaning rifles have to make sure they clean the length of the barrel. People who are cleaning their handguns must make sure the firing mechanism is clean before it is used again. The Process Cleaning a gun is something every gun owner must know how to do. Disassembling the sidearm and cleaning it takes only...

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3D Printed Assault Rifle Breaks After Six Shots

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in 800HighTech, Geek News, Video | 0 comments

The 3D printed assault rifle, printed first by gunsmith Micheal Guslick, a.k.a. Haveblue, has been shown to only last 6 shots before breaking. The tests, conducted by a team of gunsmiths involved in the Wiki Weapons project, were only carried out on a partially printed rifle – the lower receiver, or the gun’s trigger and grip being printed, the remain parts were off-the shelf parts – whereas Haveblue’s original design, which didn’t work, was fully made from printed parts. The AR-15 assault rifle was the second gun printed by Haveblue – the 1st was a .22 caliber pistol that apparently fired 200 shots before breaking – and although there was always kinks to be ironed out, Cody Wilson, who heads the Wiki Weapon project, thought the weapon would last at least 20 shots. “We knew it would break, probably…...

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3D Printed Assault Rile

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in 800HighTech, Military News | 1 comment

An amateur gunsmith has proven that’s it possible to make a working assault rifle using nothing but a 3D printer. The gunsmith, known as HaveBlue, has been posting articles detailing his developments, which have taken him from printing a .22 caliber pistol, to an AR-15 rifle, whilst raising a rather large legal argument in the process. Last year, HaveBlue announced that he’d printed a serviceable .22 caliber pistol, and despite mass predictions of failure, the gun fired 200 rounds without any problems. HaveBlue then decided to take his project a step further by printing a fully operational AR-15 assault rifle. To do this he worked from CNC files downloaded from After a few modifications just $30 of ABS plastic feedstock was needed to print the AR-15 using his Stratasys 3D printer. Preliminary tests show that the weapon works,...

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C1ST Miniature Revolver

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 in 800HighTech, Military News | 0 comments

When it comes to small firearms, there’s only one that’s recognized as the smallest functional revolver in the world, and that’s the C1st Revolver. Made by the Swiss Minigun company, the C1ST measures just 5.5cm long, 3.5 cam tall, 1cm wide and weights just 19.8 – around 2/3rds of an ounce. It fires tiny 2.34mm rimfire cartridges, which also hold the record for world’s smallest ammunition. While still being classed as a weapon, the gun is almost harmless. Each round travels at a slow 400ft per second, produces less than one joule of energy, and impacts with 0.71lbs of force. In comparison, bullets from a 9mm revolver travel around 1,200 – 1,600ft per second, and produce between 700-1000 joules of energy. Image Credit: Swiss Minigun, 2012. Producing such little force, bullets from the C1ST won’t even break the skin,...

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CHAMP Smart Bomb Disables Electronic Devices

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 in 800HighTech, Military News | 0 comments

A new smart weapon may provide the military with a new way to ensure that projectiles hit the target without being tampered with. The Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project or CHAMP, uses an on-board microwave system to blast high power microwaves, effectively disables any electronic devices that are within range as it flies. Developed by Boeing Phantom Works team along with members from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate team, and Raytheon Ktech, suppliers of the High Power Microwave source, the new CHAMP projectile was successfully tested in the Western Utah Desert on October 16th. In the first of 7 tests, CHAMP flew by a two-story building and used its on-board microwave system to successfully shut down all electronics inside the place. In fact the tests went so well that it also disabled the...

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Massive Ordnance Penetrator Ready For Fielding

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in 800HighTech, Military News | 0 comments

The military’s huge 30,000-pound bomb is finally ready for fielding. Based on the Massive Ordnance Air Burst (or ‘Mother Of All Bombs’), the 21,000-pound bomb that was shown off during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The OAB was only a prototype and never made into productions, but aside from serving a nice bit of propaganda during conflict, it also paved the way for the modified Massive Ordnance Penetrator. The 30,000lb bomb is designed to penetrate reinforced underground bunkers and any other targets that are too deep for current weapons to destroy. Depending on the density of the concrete the MOP can penetrate through 60-200 ft. Previous bombs designed for the same purpose had focused more on explosiveness than weight, the MOP however flips that thinking on its head by making warhead just 10 percent of the entire bomb, compared to the...

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GPS-Guided Projectiles For Navy Railgun

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 in 800HighTech, Military News, Video | 0 comments

The U.S. Office of Naval Research is looking to develop GPS-guided projectiles for its high-power electromagnetic railgun. The railgun, which is still currently being tested under lab-controlled environments, utilizes powerful magnets to propel projectiles at thousands of miles per hour, over a range of around a hundred miles. And once it’s ready to be fielded, the Navy wants GPS-guided projectiles that have the ability to alter their flight path whilst travelling at 5,600 mph. The GPS-guide round, which will be developed as part of the Hyper Velocity Projectile program, will operate more like a cruise missile than a mortar. The new rounds would be 24-inches long, weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, and have an effective range (in standard naval artillery format) of more than 30 miles. But before the railgun can be installed on ships, researchers must first...

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Record-Breaking Laser Packs 500 Trillion Watts Of Power

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 in 800HighTech, Geek News | 0 comments

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) have developed a record-breaking laser capable of delivering more than 500 trillion watts of power. To create the intensely high-powered 500-terawatt beam the laser uses an array of 192 beams, along with 1.85 megajoules of ultraviolet laser light. To put that into perspective, that’s a thousand times more power than the U.S. uses at any given moment, and one hundred times more powerful than any laser on the planet. Image Credit: Damien Jemison/LLNL, 2012. When all 192 lasers were fired within a few trillionths of a second of each other at a target measuring 2mm, the beam-to-beam uniformity was less than one percent. This makes the laser not only the worlds more powerful, but also the most precise and reproducible. The new achievement reaches a milestone set in...

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