5.56 Timeline


Interesting picture of some ARVN rangers in Saigon during the TET offensive. The point of focus is the ranger second from left . The Ranger is using the M14E2.

As bad of an idea as the m14 is, the M145E2 is like making a bad idea and putting a bad idea on top of it.

The M14 was meant to replace everything. The M1 Garand, the BAR, the Thompson and the M3 and the M1 Carbine etc. One of the variants of the M14 to dill the BAR roll was the E2. They took an M14 m added a wood stock with a pistol grip, put bipods and a comp on it and added a folding front grip. Obviously none of it helped. The gun over heated, it was still extremely hard to control during full auto fire, got heavier and the 20 round mag didn’t help. Even as just a rifle for the automatic rifleman it was a failure. The stock did see some duty later on as a stock for sniper variants. That’s about it.

It’s telling that by the time of the famous TET offensive , the US was already dumping them off on on ally. If anyone ever needed any proof DC didn’t care about the Republic of South Vietnam, issuing them M14E2s is all you need! I kid, but it does show how fast the idea was given up.

Winchester Model 54

Before Winchester gifted the world with the divine Model 70 Winchester there was the Model 54. The Model 54 was their first real bolt action rifle for the commercial market. It won’t be any surprise to anyone that it copies the Mauser action like the M1903 and more or less everything else at the time.

Production ended in 1936 when God and Winchester gifted the world with the Model 70 Winchester rifle. The Model 54 came in a few variants, as you can see above, The bottom one holding the most interest to me, the target version with target stock and barrel. The 54 was not suited for optical sight use and the bolt travel and angle of the handle makes it a bit of a pain. This was changed on the Model 70.

The bottom rifle with Unertl would have been a rig for a serious rifleman and varmint/target shooter in it’s day. It is still a great set up now if your tastes for vintage varmint rifle’s is anything like mine. other options included the .22Hornet, .220 swift, .250-3000 .257 Roberts and of course the common stuff. 270, 30-06 etc.

2020 Colt Catalog

Thanks to our buddy Brent over at the ColtAr15Resource we have some images of the new Colt rifles in 2020. This is the LE/Mil/Export Catalog of course but you can safely bet some of these will show up for commercial sale later this year in some form or other. That bottom SPR type 901 has me pretty excited. The 901s We have and have tested have showed how accurate they can be. I get pretty hyped at the thought of doing one up as a dedicated precision rifle.

The Colt/ELISCO 653-P

Ever been watching Platoon and noticed that the carbine carried by Barnes and Elias look a little odd? That’s because they aren’t XM177s. They are something different. Something dictated by filming location.

The guns used in the movie are Colt rifles made under license by Elisco in the Philippines.

The 653P is essentially the same as other M16A1 carbines at the time with a 14.5 inch barrel. An interesting bit about Elisco below. At least some of the gun was made by Colt and the parts sent to the Philippines. In some pictures the “C” can be seen on the upper receiver. The barrel’s were likely made by Colt as well.

Eagle arms bought the US name from the Philippine Company that bought the rights from the Original Armalite

ArmaLite Division of Elisco Tool

The short-lived third phase of ArmaLite’s history began with Elisco Tool Manufacturing’s 1983 purchase of ArmaLite. The new ArmaLite operation was headed by an Englishman hired to serve as interim President, Mr. Bruce Swain. Mr. John Ugarte later replaced Swain. ArmaLite continued to market existing rifles and parts manufactured by Sterling under the leadership of the new vice-president of Marketing, Mr. Joe Armstrong.

Elisco Tool had successfully produced the M16A1 for the Philippine armed forces and police. Difficulties with Colt over M16 licensing prompted Elisco to seek another 5.56mm rifle, and the AR-18 was the only real contender.

Inventory, tooling, and machinery were therefore dispatched from Sterling’s plant to the Philippines. The process fell apart not in the U.S. market, but due to political events in the Philippines themselves. In short, Ferdinand Marcos was overturned and went into exile. The political and economic links of the government were dramatically shifted, and Elisco was unable to carry out the AR-18 production. The U.S. arm of the operation was closed in 1987.

Armalite today is not the Armalite they would like you to think they are.

‘Guaranteed Hit’ Infantry Rifle System…

Oh boy you know this is gonna be a good one.

AN ADVANCED rifle that only fires when it’s guaranteed to hit its target is being pondered by the US military.

The weapon uses clever AI software to identify targets and will only fire when the trigger is squeezed with a confirmed enemy in its sights.

Dubbed “Smash”, the system is being developed by Israeli company Smart Shooter and German weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer.

If all goes to plan it could enter service as soon as 2023, according to Military.com.

Smash “allows you to acquire, lock on and engage targets” using a weapon-mounted scope, Smart Shooter’s Devin Schweiss told the website.

The system “allows the weapon to fire only when it’s a guaranteed hit,” he added.

Demonstration of the SMASH fire control system.
Devin Schweiss of Smartshooter Inc. demonstrates the SMASH, a version of the fire control system that Smartshooter Inc. has teamed up with Sig Sauer to compete in the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon Fire Control competition. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)

Smart Shooter Ltd. demonstrated its SMASH Fire Control System at a Sig-hosted range day for SHOT Show 2020. The SMASH is designed to help improve the accuracy of any shooter engaging stationary or moving targets in both day and night conditions, said Devin Schweiss of Smart Shooter Inc.

Pure bullshit.

Go read at the link to this hilarious idea below.