Here is something you certainly do not see every day. Arsenal dummy rounds for use in 7.5×55 Swiss. Used for training purposes and sundry. The rounds have something inside that gives them the sound of powder when you hold it close to the ear and shake. And as you can see in the picture an indent for the firing pin to strike. The stripper clip is the usual construction but painted red for ID’ing. The charger for rifles before the adoption of the K-31.
We don’t often speak about other blogs here. One reason for that is that more than a few of the bigger names have stolen some of our posts and re-posted word for word our content. But there are a few that are outstanding in my opinion, and one in particular that is so good that is is the one website I spend almost as much time at as I do our own website here.
To use the owners words to help set the tone for the website.
“WeaponsMan is a blog about weapons. Primarily ground combat weapons, primarily small arms and man-portable crew-served weapons. The site owner is a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S), and you can expect any guest columnists to be similarly qualified.
Our focus is on weapons: their history, effects and employment. This is not your go-to place for gun laws or gun politics; other people have that covered.”
As you can read from the “about” blurb from the wesbsite, the eponymous weapons man is indeed more than qualified to talk about small arms. Though it is a very rare day indeed when he is only talking about small arms, or larger weapons of all types from those used in the heavens to below sea level and in between. That is one of the many reasons I love the website. He touches on a variety of topics, none of them ever boring. A personal favorite being the “when guns are outlawed then only outlaws will have …. toilets, chainsaw, defenestration etc etc , whatever was the cause of death in the news report being spotlighted. Point being to give none stop evidence of what we already know. Banning guns will not stop murder or accidental death.
Weaponsman AKA Hognose, of course has multiple technical and historical posts on a variety of weapons, some rare and some well known to the gun world.
Being constantly in the thick of tech gun info myself, some of the other posts I enjoy the most are the ones where he talks about the Special Forces world and gives tidbits from that world only a few will ever experience. The USSF posts often range the full history of the Green Berets, often from Vietnam to more recent times. best of all. there is no snobbery there. No elitism. No “stay in your lane” if you want to ask a question or make a comment ( as long as it is not idiocy of one variety or another of the many varieties) in the comment section. The comment section itself full of wonderful knowledge and experience from the regulars. Some of those regulars being people you may and should already know like the irreplaceable Daniel Watters from the 5.56 timeline and fellows like Ian from Inrange TV / Forgotten weapons not to mention any amount of SF people old and new. And of course myself.
You may even run across articles and posts speaking about our work here ,as he reads looserounds which is very flattering.
If you only want the tech stuff there is plenty of that. All posts come with multiple sources and usually links to where to buy the books or free PDFs , and other means. A sample from the Best of Weaponsman gun tech section below copied from the website.
The SAWs that never WAS: Intro, and XM106. This introduces the series, and the ugly duckling of the competition, a bizarre M16A1 variant with quick-change barrel, but still magazine-fed. Published 28 Oct 13.
The SAWs that never WAS: Part 2, the XM-248′s forerunner, XM235. The Rodman Labs XM235 was a radical reconception of the light machine gun which was designed to increase accuracy and reduce unintended dispersion on target. We mention in passing its abandoned XM233 and 234 competitors, all chambered for a 6.0 x 45mm cartridge. Published 31 Oct 13.
The SAWs that never WAS: Part 3, XM248. Rodman couldn’t go to production, so the commercial makers of the XM233 and XM234, Philco and Maremont, competed for the contract. Philco (later Ford Aerospace) won, and began to make changes to the XM235, as requested by the Army, producing the XM248. Published 2 Nov 13.
The SAWs that never WAS: Part 4, H&K XM262. Heckler & Koch’s entry was initially just a baseline for comparison of the Army’s own designs, but it performed well enough to make it into the final four (with the 106, 248, and 249). Published 9 Nov 13.
The SAWs that never WAS, Part 5, XM249. Like the H&K XM262, the XM249 was initially just entered to compare the FN light machine gun to the Army entries, but it ultimately beat them all. Published 23 Nov 13.
If you like our page, I strongly recommend WeaponsMan, it is highly addictive and always entertaining with a high does of humor mixed with technical discussion.
This is the first website to be mentioned in this series because it stands above all others that will come. It has my highest recommendation and I hope you go check it out and enjoy it as much as I do.