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- Created on Saturday, 26 February 2011 13:49
The Blish lock was an invention of John Blish, who worked arouond big US Naval guns at the turn of the 20th Century. He noticed that when breech loading cannon were fired with light charges, the breech would tend to unscrew, and that if the breech parts were made of dissimiliar metals, they would adhere or stick to each other. He eventually modified this principle into a delayed blowback wedge soon to be adapted to the Thompson submachine gun.
General John Thompson, a US Army officer, thought there was a better way to clear trenches during WWI and formed Auto Ordnance to develop a rifle that would be capable of full automatic fire. Thompson didn't think a blowback design would work as the breech block would be too heavy and a gas operated design would be too complicated. He then came upon the Blish Lock as the answer. When the gun was fired, the Blish wedge would jam solid till the pressures dropped, allowing the breech block to move and extract the shell. The design wouldn't work with a high powered rifle cartridge as Thompson intended, but did work with the .45 pistol cartridge so what came to be known as the "Tommy Gun" was to be a pistol cartridge submachine gun. The Royal Small Arms Factory in England inspected the arm after WWI, but didn't particularly care for the Blish Lock. They thought it would work just fine as a blowback weapon, and even removed the lock and fired the gun to prove the point. This was also realized by the builders of the Thompson, and they modified the gun during WW2 to simplify production. Between the wars Britain wasn't in any mood to spend money and no procurement of the weapon followed.
Blish Lock from Winchester Way
However, after WW2 began, the Brits wanted all the Tommy Guns they could get. It may have been heavy, and there are the problems of using a pistol cartridge that wasn't solved till the assault rifle and the intermediate power rifle cartridge were developed, but in the early days of WW2, a Tommy Gun was just the right weapon at the right time.
Auto Ordnance Thompsons for sale
- Created on Friday, 25 February 2011 21:40
The Cyprus Defense Ministry has sold off most of it's collection of old Enfields, Sten machine guns and Bren guns. The sale brought in €613,000, a bit less than the €2 million expected as not all the guns were sold. Another sale date is expected. The Stens were the most desired guns, as over 700 applied to buy one of a hundred guns available. 1200 Mk4 Enfields were sold along with 905 Bren guns, leaving plenty of those 2 models left. The weapons were cheap, with the Stens going for €427, the Enfields for €214 and the Brens for €342. The downside is they were decommissioned.
- Created on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:29
In a story from the BBC, British enthusiasts are buying up old hardware being retired by the British Army. A Jaguar-engined Sabre Tank is profiled in their video, and the guy also owns an armored personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft gun and a Ferret scout car. This guy sounds like he lives in the US, not England. There is a Ferret scout car and a Sabre just down the street from here in Cincinnati.
Military vehicles have certain charm for guys that is undeniable. Most men serve their military duty in the most impressionable years of their lives, and the appeal of owning some heavy metal is strong when you have age and time and resources on your side. But with the anti-gun bias of the British Government, you would think they would frown on owning military hardware. The video below is another Englishman, who fixed up his Sabre tank with his son, and enjoys thrashing the local countryside with it. Recently, a Harrier Jump Jet was thrown off Ebay when another Englishman tried to sell it. (It still is for sale by the way.)
British tank enthusiasts may soon get more fodder for their mill, as the DSA (Disposal Services Authority) has got word to get rid of 40% of the British Army's tanks. Oh yes, and all the Harriers. Seems to be a golden age for military collectors, as the world's governments all run out of money.
Video from DrGenestealer on YouTube
- Created on Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:13
Gun City, New Zealands largest firearms dealer, has a reproduction of the rarest of Enfield conversions, the Charlton Automatic Rifle. Reported to be faithfully built to the patent drawings, the gun is only NZ 8,999.00 or just short of $7 grand US.
- Created on Sunday, 20 February 2011 18:19
In the "what's new" section of HorseSoldiers website, they have a rough old London made Colt Navy pistol. Made before the Civil War, and most likely participated in it, these old Colts were popular sidearms during the American Civil War. This one seems to be in mechanically ok shape, but has had a hard life and the ravages of time show on it. There is no finish left, but relatively few of these guns have any finish by now. This .36 caliber pistol was made around 1857 at the end of the run of these guns. It can be yours for under a grand.