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bob lamoreaux

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    automatic weapons; explosive devices; history of these items; research; writing
  1. I have the following Project Supporting Papers (topic): M1911, miscellaneous hand guns, M1917, BAR, machine guns (cal. .30 and cal. 50). I am contemplating keyboarding them into my computer, adding material (in a different type face) in order to expand on the subject and giving references for the information expanded, then having the complete work printed and spiral bound. If there is demand for this type of info, I will -- before embarking on this project -- go to NARA and get copies of the PSPs on the Garand and Springfield and any other relatively small ordnance (mortars, bayonets, knives
  2. On the early morning hours of January 3, 1944, the destroyer U.S.S, Turner was sunk off Sandy Hook, NJ, having completed escorting a convoy to Casablanca. There remains some controversy over the cause of the (allegedly) two explosions that tore the bow off this ship, the official report (which I have not seen) attributing the explosion to hedge-hog anti-submarine munitions, unofficial sources (some surviving crewmen believing that the ship was torpedoed). It appears that many of the crew were from Pennsylvania. While I want to offer this remembrance to all the sailors lost in that tragedy,
  3. Project Supporting Paper No. 37, dated August 1945, by Lyle, Howlett, and van Daalen (Small Arms Division, Industrial Service, Office of the Chief of Ordnance), titled "Rifle, U.S. Caliber .30 M1917, Development and Production, 1917 - 1945" is a very good reference on these rifles. That document states that the M1917 was placed in war reserve on or about 22 April 1919, subsequently declared "limited standard" on or about 27 July 1939 (as was the '03 Springfield -- NOT the '03A1!) according to Ordnance Committee Minutes of that date. NOTE: the declaration of status of the M1917 may have been
  4. Just a few comments on Hotchkiss machine guns as well as pre-Lend-Lease sales of guns and ammo to foreign purchasing commissions in the U.S. An unknown number of Hotchkiss guns were acquired by one of the purchasing commissions and were re-barreled to 7.62 Russian, the barrels originally to be made by Stevens, which may not have been able to produce them as a later report states that Iver Johnson was to make the barrels. On the issue of ammo, I was always under the assumption (I know: if one makes an assumption, one is making an rump out of you and me. . .) that the ammo was World War I surp
  5. I wonder if those photos are in the National Archives (NARA). They may be U.S. Army (?) photos and might be available from NARA. Not sure of the costs that the National Archives charges. Of course, the problem is doing the research in Suitland. However, planning a vacation trip to that Maryland facility might be worth the time and effort.
  6. A few (maybe more than a "few") years ago someone was selling repros of these. Might have been SARCO.
  7. A number of years ago (about 5 or so) I ran into a fellow at either the Harrisburg (PA) or York (PA) [probably the East Coast SAR show) who was into making exact scale (model) replicas of Gardner machine guns. He was a hobbyist, not selling them. Think he was hanging around Curt Wolfe's display (Curt was then making Gatlings and possibly Gardners -- don't know if he is still in business or not). Absolutely beautiful (and expensive!) guns. I think Curt was the only one making Gatling's at that time, I think it was Thunder Valley that made "modern" Gatlings before Curt started his business.
  8. I don 't want to say that the fuse is "for sure", but it looks like the fuse for a 76-mm Minewerfer round used in World War I by the germans. The caption on the photographs of this round is in French (Came from a French UXO manual -- in color): "D'autres furent charges en agents toxiques (5, puis 4 -- NOTE: referring to the photos) et leur paroi tres mince presente aujourd'hui un risque serieux." Since I don't have any language skills other than English (more or less, LOL), I am guessing that the complete round was a toxic gas round and that any UXO pieces of this projectile presents a serio
  9. Found it! For those interested, there is a very good history of the "pineapple" grenade at www.nusafm.org. It appears that EC powder was the second filler used, coming into use after WWI. Prior to that, TNT (flaked or granulated) appears to have been the filler. SOOOOO! Looks like AAC filled fragmentation grenades with EC and used a simple time fuse, no detonator being necessary. Incidentally, the site states that BOTH the TNT and the EC filled grenades were painted yellow!
  10. Thanks, CC! I'm surprised I have gotten so little response! What frustrates me is that I can't find the information to answer my own question, particularly regarding the fragmentation effect of the particular explosive charge. The material I found on-line indicates that the War 2 Mk II grenades were filled with granulated or flaked TNT. I believe that the earlier (War 1 to the mid- or late-'30s) had the TNT filling. I think the Comp B filling was never used in the Mk II but was used in one of the "marks" of the offensive grenade (the one with the sheet steel body -- sort of like the Viet
  11. SIGH! I know this is sort of "sour grapes", but I am really envious of those who live in countries where deactivated automatic weapons are legal and available! The LAST Thompsons I saw advertised (by retailers) in the US of A -- DEWATS (Deactivated War Trophies) -- was in about 1968 or '69 by Cadmus Industries in California. M1 (or M1A-1) TSMGs were sold for $75, while '28A-1s carried a price tag of $85 or $95. I think the '28A-1s came with a 50-round drum (or a drum mag was like $10 additional). Of course, I was making $5,500 per year then and gasoline was only about 33 or 35 cents per g
  12. Got an answer on the twin-mounted cal. .50s mounted on the Tucker (see the firearms & ordnance forum) and it would appear that the solid colored Tucker was armed with M2 Turret Type machine guns. These were modified M2 aircraft guns, having a heavier barrel. The Turret Type gun was used on PT boats and was adopted in September, 1942. That suggests that the Tucker vehicle was still around in (or after) 1942 and was probably at the Higgins plant in New Orleans. The film of this particular configuration of the Tucker Tiger may have been taken at one of the Army facilities in Louisiana. A
  13. Thanks, Matt! It was that long barrel jacket that had me puzzled, plus the "cans" on the ends of the barrels. Just found what I was looking for in "Semper Fi FIFTY!" and the guns mounted on the Tucker may have been modified "M2 Turret Type" guns adopted in September, 1942. They have the aircraft type long barrel jacket but were mounted with heavier barrels than the a/c guns. That helps me guess as to the date of the "solid paint" Tucker and makes me suspect that the film was taken when Tucker and Higgins were in partnership. . .the vehicle possibly being demonstrated in Louisiana. . .
  14. Those are the photos of the Tucker with the American Armament 37-mm automatic cannon (Model M). There are photos on Google image as well as a clip on YouTube of the Tucker in solid paint mounting a twin cal. .50 machine gun (open) turret. The cal. .50s look very much like those mounted on PT boats but I don't think they are Ma Deuces (M-2) but have the aircraft type barrel jacket.
  15. In doing research for my book focusing on American Armament Corporation, I discovered that the Tucker "Tiger" -- only one produced -- underwent three different configurations. I am not sure about the sequence of these configurations, but for what it is worth, I'll spell out my findings and opinion (and reason for that opinion). It appears that the first and second versions was painted in camouflage colors and had large "whitewall" tires. They were armed with two cal. .30 Browning machine guns firing from inside the "hull", both forward facing (in a flexible mount) on either side of the f
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