SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Today, we look at the Army’s plans to develop a new high velocity SMG. Instead of a Trench Broom, the Army now wants a Room Broom.
Brits Handing Out ‘Blunt’ Knives to Reduce Stabbings
Reader H.L. sent this news: British Police Handing Out ‘Blunt’ Knives To Reduce Stabbings
The First Pinterest Whistleblower Speaks Out
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Bard Suggests July 3rd Protest of YouTube
The Bard of the American Redoubt posted this video: July 3, Protest YouTube — Publish on alternative platforms.
Vermont Governor Deleted Pro-Gun Facebook Comments
Reader Anti-gun Vermont Governor Under Fire from the ACLU for Deleting Pro-Gun Facebook Comments. Thanks to Tim J. for the link.
US Army Developing New High Velocity SMG
A hat tip to Tim J. for spotting this: US Army Researchers Developing New Ultra-Light-Weight, High-Velocity Machine Gun. The article begins:
“The United States Army is reportedly developing a new machine gun capable of withstanding higher chamber pressures and allowing for rifle-like bullet velocities out of firearms both lighter and shorter than the M4.
The firearm will use a new breech and bolt design that allows the action to cycle even under extremely high chamber pressures. This added pressure will, in turn, allow projectile velocities to increase, improving terminal ballistics even in compact, short-barreled weapons. In one test, Army researchers achieved a muzzle velocity of 2,900 feet-per-second from a 10-inch barrel using a cartridge holding only 15 grains of powder. For context, most rifles with 10-inch barrels can only push a 5.56 NATO round 2,500 fps, which limits the round’s effectiveness.
“The goal is to get rifle-like velocities out of a very small weapon that is high capacity, that’s either adaptable for room-clearing or confined spaces,” Zac Wingard, a mechanical engineer at the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, told TechLink. “Like you’re getting in and out of vehicles or a subterranean environment, but also applicable for remotely operated systems, so think like perimeter security or ground robot or even a drone.”
The Army is hoping the technologies can be developed for use both in small, lightweight firearms like the FN P90 and in full-size sniper rifles and belt-fed machineguns. The breech and bolt design would make smaller firearms more effective and would substantially increase the muzzle velocities of larger firearms.
According to TechLink, the U.S. Army’s new 24-inch prototype barrel produced muzzle velocities of 4,600 to 5,750 feet per second. The combustion chamber pressure was increased from 65 ksi to 100 ksi (100,000 pounds per square inch), almost double the pressure seen in the M4 carbine.”
JWR’s Comment: I hope that these guns will have quick-change barrels. With velocities like that, I suspect that the barrel rifling will last less than 3,000 rounds.
Parody: Robots Fights Back
Frequent content contributor G.P. sent this hilarious video link: Bosstown Dynamics: New Robots Now Fight Back. JWR’s Comment: At the 1:10 mark, see the new WWF Edition Robot.