1. Not enough hats, but apart from that: Keep up the good work! Great content, great channel and great host. Happy 2019

  2. This is good news for future of FWs and for all of us. The channel matured and we, the listeners/readers have made huge progress in our shared knowledge.
    All the best to Ian and to all who participate!

  3. So it is time to sum up 2018 year?
    According to warspot’s (Russian-language site about military technology) top 10 events: https://warspot.ru/13687-top-10-novostey-2018-goda
    they were:
    – end of production of Browning Hi-Power
    – USNS Hershel «Woody» Williams is now in U.S. Navy
    – presentation of new Russian “super-weapons” including for example «Пересвет» laser complex and Kh-47M2 Kinzhal supersonic rocket
    – PRC showed new stealth fighter Chengdu J-20
    – XM-25 cancellation
    – “Admiral Kuznetsov” accident
    – tests of Type 001A aircraft carrier (PRC)
    – end of repairs of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier (France)
    – start of series production of ALTAY tanks (Turkey)
    – AK-12 delivered to Russian forces, supposed to replace AK-74

  4. Ian,
    Best wishes for a successful 2019. Thanks, again, for all you do with the channel. I know I am the wiser for it. In addition to the content, your demeanor and approach to what you do set a standard that is admirable.

      • For interaction between “L5” and U.S. Army see article:
        I must note while it certainly looks futuristic, its design mean that you have carry one chamber for each shot you would to fire (as opposed to one common chamber for all shots in most modern hand-held fire-arms) – in this regarding it is somewhat similar to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breech-loading_swivel_gun

        • Thanks Daweo
          this is indeed nothing new in terms of conception, but it is new in its form and execution. Its viability is facilitated by state of technology of XXI century, notably the electronics.

          Two items of concern pop out in my mind. First is type of seal between prefabricated cassette/ chamber and barrels. This had been a contentious issues with caseless cartridges in past.

          Second one is concern/ curiosity related to dynamics. We know that current “small bore” rifles are at reasonable level of balance between dynamic effect on shooter and effect on intended target. We shoot one at the time, which means we (our bodily frame) deal with one impulse at time. IF this device fires 4 or 5 shots simultaneously, its effect are likely to affect accuracy of shots delivery, which defies its original purpose.

          True, shots can be fired in quick succession rather than salvo, which removes part of problem. We shall see, how far this project will go. One thing is for sure – it can be very difficult to replicate it in its current form therefore without purchase of license, the owner of patent is potentially very rich man.

          In overall and unbiased view it seem to fit into our time rather well.

          • “IF this device fires 4 or 5 shots simultaneously, its effect are likely to affect accuracy of shots delivery”
            This should be not problems – 5 bullets leaves before recoil will affect direction of weapon, or in quick burst: before it would affect direction significantly.
            I am wondering about ammunition weight compared to more conventional solutions.
            On the plus side is that such weapon allow very long barrel in relation to overall length, as there is not need for forward-backward movement.

          • Yes, to judge its dynamics we need to know loading for both projectile and propellant and/ or muzzle velocity. In my estimation this will be potentially “shoulder dis-locator”.
            But, application of electronics via solenoids should allow for sequential ignition.

    • “U.S. Army is interested”
      This is not surprising for me. Beyond that all fancy new features, it is yet another attempt at “fire few bullets in quick succession to improve hit probability”. Sounds familiar? Yes: project SALVO. But also many others: duplex and triplex cartridges, like for example this one: http://cartridgecollectors.org/cmo/cmo07may.htm
      Germany(Bonn) G11 “quick three” firing (here combined with low recoil impulse)
      somewhat complicated AN-94 “quick two” firing (this one with standard 5,45×39 cartridge)
      and this weapon developed in 1980s: https://strangernn.livejournal.com/1841331.html
      (using special multi-ball cartridge)

  5. sounds awesome but i really can’t see it getting any better, for you especially, after getting to shoot a FG42, XM8, and hold a G11.

  6. Best wishes for 2019, Ian sounded like there’ll be a lot of interesting stuff to look forward to.

    I did especially like the “blood scoop” Ian wore last in the video.

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