The Soviet Ekranoplane
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The 300-foot-long Lun-class Ekranoplane flew a mere four meters above the ground or water through an effect generated by its wings. It was intended to be a revolutionary transport vessel, bigger than any plane and faster than any ship. It was also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
But it never entered into wide production and was never used in action. 


7 Unbelievable Military Weapons Most 

People Have Never Heard Of


History is full of examples of human ingenuity run amok. Weapons design is no exception.
A group of Quora users sought to answer the question "What are some historical weapons that most people have never heard of?" The answers provide an amazing insight into the history of war, and offer examples of some of the most ingenious — yet impractical — weaponry ever created. 
We've highlighted some of the most interesting below. 

1. The Bat Bomb

Bat Bomb Canister
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Developed by the U.S. for use against Japan during World War II, the bat bomb was literally that. Each bomb would contain 40 hibernating bats, each of which would be strapped with a small napalm bomb and a timer.
The bombs could deploy their own parachutes, giving the bats time to fly out and look for places to roost. They would then explode, potentially burning down whatever structure they had chosen as their new home.

2. Anti-Tank Dogs 

The Nazi betrayal of the Soviets during World War II caught the Russians completely off guard. In a desperate attempt at staving off the Nazi advance into their territory, the Soviets strapped dogs with explosives and trained them to run under German tanks.
Soviet propoganda claims that around 300 German tanks were destroyed in this manner. The anti-tank dog program continued until 1996. 

3. Submarine Aircraft Carriers

I-400 Japanese Submarine
Japanese Navy
At the height of World War II, the Imperial Japanese Navy commissioned a series of Sen Toku I-400 class submarines. These subs were large enough to carry three Aichi M6A Seiran aircraft underwater, surface, launch the planes, and then dive again. The submarines were also equipped with torpedoes.
A total of three of them were completed.

4. Nuclear Artillery 

Nuclear Artillery
US Department Of Energy
Conventional nuclear weapons are capable of destroying entire cities, but during the Cold War, the idea of 'tactical' nuclear weapons emerged. These smaller nukes were limited-yield weapons that would be launched from the ground at targets on the battlefield. Nuclear artillery was delivered with shells and short-range rockets. 
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5. The Soviet Ekranoplane

The 300-foot-long Lun-class Ekranoplane flew a mere four meters above the ground or water through an effect generated by its wings. It was intended to be a revolutionary transport vessel, bigger than any plane and faster than any ship. It was also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
But it never entered into wide production and was never used in action. 

6. Kaiten Torpedoes

Kaiten torpedoes were built by the Imperial Japanese Navy and were in service between 1944 and 1945. These torpedoes were manned and were a variant of the suicide weapons that Japan resorted to towards the end of the war. The torpedoes were launched from submarines and the pilots of the torpedoes could steer the weapons as necessary to inflict maximum damage against an enemy. 



7. Pigeon-Guided Missiles

Pigeon missile
Department of Defense
Pigeon-guided missiles were developed by noted behaviorist B.F. Skinner during Project Pigeon. Although the project was ultimately cancelled because of the impracticality of the weapons, the idea of pigeon-guided missiles showed promise.
The missile had an array of lenses at the front that projected an image of the target to an interior screen. The pigeons were conditioned to peck at the target on the screen. The pigeon's pecks corrected the missile's flight-path. 

93-year-old vet just recreated his D-Day parachute jump over Normandy
93-year-old vet just recreated his D-Day parachute jump over Normandy
This is just awesome. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, a 93-year-old WWII veteran paratrooper, just did the same jump out of a plane into Normandy that he did for D-Day 70 years ago when he was 23-years-old. But he says this jump was much easier because "there wasn't anybody shooting at me today." Awesome. Check out VIDEO of his jump below:
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During World War II, Martin was a private first class with the elite 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He wanted to make the jump again—for the 70th anniversary of D-Day—because he said there's no other 93-year-old guy in the unit who could do it. He'd do it for those we can't.
When asked about the experience about jumping out of a plane at 93, Martin told CNN:
"To tell you the truth, riding around in the plane is boring. It's when you get off the plane, that's when it gets exciting ... But there's no fear to it. It's just something you do."


This golden AK47 guitar is the product of fine craftsmanship by Jimmy DiResta, who has featured on Discovery ChannelHGTVDIY, and FX and is the owner of a successful Youtube channel. On his website he describes himself as an ”experienced television personality as an on camera  designer/builder host.”
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He designed and built the guitar, also know as the Gattar, for Wyclef Jean and based on the design of the AK47. The video below shows a sped up video of the manufactuing process from start to finish. DiResta cuts and shapes blocks of wood to the design of the AK47 before assembling it all onto a custom cut guitar and spray painting it gold.
The trigger acts as a whammy bar and on the clip of the gun is an open chord fretless mini guitar. Other knobs control the pickup volume and tone as you would expect on a normal guitar.
When asked why use the shape of the gun, Wyclef says “we feel that music is the weapon,” before continuing to talk about saving kids from the gun culture. They then had to decide on which gun was best suited for what they wanted. The M16 and the Uzi were written off when they realised that the AK47 was the ‘gun of the revolution’.
Not sure about the artistic message behind it, but its definitely the result of some fine craftsmanship and it certainly looks cool. 

How to Customize a Glock for $200

Glock 19 before the customization
BEFORE: A Glock 19 shows holster wear on the slide and tired night sights.
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In 2010, the Glock 19 was Glock’s best selling gun, commercially. Now in its fourth generation and still widely regarded for its reliability and durability the midsize 19 remains a very popular choice for concealed carry, target shooting at the range, and home defense. The differences between the four generations of Glock 19s include grip patterns, finger grooves in the stock, the addition of a tactical rail, and for 2011, interchangeable backstraps for a “perfect” fit. Beyond that, not much has changed over the years.
Glocks, like any other gun, can show wear and tear over time, especially with heavy use. Tenifer slides show holster wear and night sites grow dim. In fact, that’s exactly what was happening with a friend’s Gen2 Glock 19. The pistol was starting to look a bit tired. Rather than shelling out $500 or more for a new gun or going through the hassle of selling it, I convinced my friend to see what we could do to upgrade the Glock, spending around $200 to turn it into a custom carry pistol.
This particular Glock 19 rides every day in a Fobus paddle holster as my friend makes deliveries and runs errands for a local firm. Because he has little kids, my friend doesn’t chamber a round until he leaves for work each morning and he unloads the 19 each night when he returns home. So the gun is in and out of the holster at least a couple times every day. As such, the slide shows signs typical signs of wear. At around 15 years old, the factory night sites have lost much of their usable glow.
With a $200 limit, here’s what we had done to the Gen 2 Glock 19:
The Glock 19 after customization
AFTER: The Glock 19’s slide and barrel sport a titanium-colored DiamondKote refinish by M&R Arms Specialties in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Note the bright green Truglo TFO Brite Site.
The first upgrade — refinishing the slide in DiamondKote — would be purely cosmetic. At the recommendation of a local gunsmith, I sent theGlock’s slide and barrel to Mike Boglarsky at M&R Arms Specialties (www.mrarms.com) in Mt. Clemens, Mich. M&R offers a multitude of color options, from matte black to gold to purple. Being somewhat traditional but wanting to jazz up the Glock a bit, I was leaning toward the silver until Mike told me that he could also do a titanium color. Relying solely on Mike’s advice, I gave him the go-ahead.
Mike says he can apply color treatments to the Glock’s polymer frame as well, which I respectfully declined. In a couple days, Mike called to let me know the slide and barrel were ready for pickup. It looks great and the subtle but classy titanium color is a great match for theGlock’s dark polymer frame. Cost: $57 + shipping from M&R Arms
The second upgrade — replacing the old night sights — would be a much more functional change and a must-have on a carry or defense gun. I selected Truglo’s Brite Site TFO, a combination Tritium and fiber optic sight that offers a bright green dot for a front sight and slightly less bright (although very visible) yellow dots for the rear sight. Never having sighted a gun through bi-colored night sites, I worried that the green and yellow dots would be gimmicky or confusing. Thankfully, neither is true. The Truglo sights are easily seen in bright daylight or in darkness. The brighter green front sight is easy to acquire and the yellow dots in the rear sight are easy to align. Cost: $97 from CheaperThanDirt.com
The third upgrade — adding a Clipdraw — would also enhance the functionality of the gun, at least in how my friend will use it on a daily basis. Since his daily routine requires a lot of driving and errands in Michigan’s four seasons, he decided to try carrying inside the waistband with a Clipdraw installed—a setup that would allow easy “holstering” and removal of the Glock as needed. A simple but well-designed piece of black powder-coated metal, the Clipdraw attaches to the Glock securely and holds it inside the waistband securely, keeping it steady but allowing some movement to accommodate sitting and standing with a concealed weapon. Moreover the Clipdraw keeps the Glock at just the right height, allowing the user to get fingers around the stock when drawing.
Cost: $25.95 from



U.S. Soldier Gets Shot Multiple Times Without Serious Injury

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From the cameraman:
 “I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point, heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. The rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn’t start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety. A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional, but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless.”
This guy is an absolute badass. If any of those dirty Taliban rats are still alive today, I’m sure they are having reoccurring nightmares about the American super soldier that couldn’t be killed. Incredible. ~Will

G2R Radically Invasive Projectile: 9-Part 9mm Segmented Hollow Point

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The G2 Research 9mm RIP round has been making waves online over the weekend. The company claims its 96 gr copper bullet is “the last round you will ever need”. The design is inspired by a triangular tipped surgical tool called the Trocar. It has 8 segmented spikes which break off as the bullet enters its target, while the solid base continues on its original trajectory.
This is not the first segmented bullet round to have been developed. Two examples of segmented bullets designed to break apart are the popular CCI .22 Long Rifle Segmented HP round and the Winchester PDX1 Segmented Slug. The theory behind these rounds is that many pieces cause more internal damage and hemorrhaging than one solid slug. The downside is that the remaining bullet has significantly less mass after the spikes break off. The solid copper bullet weighs 96 gr in total. After the spikes are dispersed you are left with a 9mm caliber 50 gr slug boring through the target. If this round was a regular hollow point, it would have expanded to 13mm but retained all 96 grain of weight.
G2R RIP vs. Pumpkin.

So the question is wether or not one 50 gr 9mm slug + eight (lets say 6 gr) spikes is more damaging than a single 96 grain 13mm slug? I can’t say I know the answer. We are reaching out the company to ask if they are willing to send us some test ammunition. If they are willing to supply it, we will test it and share the results with y’all.
The G2R RIP should be on the market soon in 9mm, with .380 ACP, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP coming later. Pricing has not been announced. 
 That is so beautiful... I want one

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Knife RAMBO II

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Tavor Exceeds Expectations

When the Tavor entered the US market, Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) hoped to sell 6,000 rifles in the first year.  They’ve done that and much more:  15,000 rifles in only the first nine months.
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IsraelDefense.com takes a look at the Tavor’s success in the United States and interviews Uri Amit, CEO of IWI, and Shlomi Sabag, deputy CEO and President of the US subsidiary.  The article touches on how IWI has expanded its commercial sales and other markets where the Tavor is making an entry.

Glock 42 Magazine Extension

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A magazine extension for the Glock 42 is now available from Corps Technology Group.  The $10.95 part replaces the standard floor plate of a 42 magazine allowing the shooter to get more hand on the pistol.  The extension does not alter the capacity of the magazine.

SIG X-Five

The SIG SAUER  X-Five series of handguns are now being sold in the US.  The guns are competition guns that are a bit more expensive than the regular SIG offerings.  
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The guns being sold are the:
  • XFIVE ALL AROUND, MSRP $2,245
  • XFIVE CLASSIC, MSRP $2,679
  • XFIVE ENTRY, MSRP $1,762
  • XFIVE MATCH, MSRP $2,728
  • XFIVE MATCH SHORT, MSRP $2,800
  • XFIVE OPEN, MSRP $4,852
The Firearm Blog previously discussed the European introduction of the X-series here.
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FN Herstal Buys Wooden FN SCAR Replica From UK Artist

Earlier this year Jenni Edwards, a UK artist, emailed me asking if I could feature her art on TFB. She had discovered it has not possible to sell her creations in the United Kingdom due to laws prohibiting the sale of replica guns. The post I wrote was very popular and attracted 76 comments.

Jenni just let me know that FN Herstal (Belgium) has purchased two of her guns. They will be exhibiting them during their 125 year anniversary celebrations. Jenni did not specify which guns they purchased, but I assume the FN SCAR (photo above and below) was one of them.
Replica FN SCAR
Replica FN SCAR
It is great to see a major gun company supporting decent gun artwork. We are all tired of gun art (as opposed to guns that are art) which is mostly limited to artists melting down AK rifles and turning them into park benches, or putting mutilated gun sculptures outside prominent buildings around the world.
Congratulations to Jenni. She has a number of different replica guns on sale at her Etsy store page.

G2R Radically Invasive Projectile: 9-Part 9mm Segmented Hollow Point


G2R RIP - VIDEO

The G2 Research 9mm RIP round has been making waves online over the weekend. The company claims its 96 gr copper bullet is “the last round you will ever need”. The design is inspired by a triangular tipped surgical tool called the Trocar. It has 8 segmented spikes which break off as the bullet enters its target, while the solid base continues on its original trajectory.
This is not the first segmented bullet round to have been developed. Two examples of segmented bullets designed to break apart are the popular CCI .22 Long Rifle Segmented HP round and the Winchester PDX1 Segmented Slug. The theory behind these rounds is that many pieces cause more internal damage and hemorrhaging than one solid slug. The downside is that the remaining bullet has significantly less mass after the spikes break off. The solid copper bullet weighs 96 gr in total. After the spikes are dispersed you are left with a 9mm caliber 50 gr slug boring through the target. If this round was a regular hollow point, it would have expanded to 13mm but retained all 96 grain of weight.
G2R RIP vs. Pumpkin.

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So the question is wether or not one 50 gr 9mm slug + eight (lets say 6 gr) spikes is more damaging than a single 96 grain 13mm slug? I can’t say I know the answer. We are reaching out the company to ask if they are willing to send us some test ammunition. If they are willing to supply it, we will test it and share the results with y’all.
The G2R RIP should be on the market soon in 9mm, with .380 ACP, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP coming later. Pricing has not been announced. 

New FN SCAR-P: A Sleek PDW Variant

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At the Milipol expo in Paris FN Herstal unveiled a new prototype PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) variant of the FN SCAR. The FN SCAR-P features a sleek upper receiver that lacks a full length top rail and heat vents (for a gun designed to be carried at the ready in tight spaces, less is more). The SCAR-P has a new collapsable wire stock with a very thick recoil pad. In order to accommodate the stock they  removed the ”bumper” barrel screw retainers that are normally on each side of the receiver just forward of the eject port, which makes the gun look a lot better in my opinion (at the possible expense of making maintenance harder).
One thing I like about FN is that they are not afraid to show you a work in progress. This is actually the third FN SCAR PDW we have seen in as many years.
FN SCAR PDW
The original FN SCAR PDW (2011)
FNH-USA SCAR PDW
The current FNH-USA SCAR PDW production model.