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Nathaniel Fitch
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Frontal Area (Almost) Doesn't Matter For Stopping Power
This is a segment of a comment I made on TFB, preserved here because the argument comes up so damned often: Those type of surface area calculations have virtually no value in a discussion of terminal effectiveness, so far as I can tell. I suspect they were ...

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Some Further Arguments About The GPC/6.Xmm Infantry Rifle Ammunition
I've done a little arguing here and there on forums about the general purpose cartridge (GPC) idea, and the closely related but not necessarily identical 6.Xmm rifle cartridge concept, and I feel it is worth reposting some of the posts I've made for referen...

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An Evaluation of The Faxon Firearms ARAK-21 Rifle
At the event Faxon Firearms hosted on January 22nd of this year, I had the chance to shoot some examples of the Faxon ARAK-21 rifles, especially two rifles, which I will call Fifty-Two in 5.56mm and Oh Five in .308 Winchester (the latter of which I am given...

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The Taylor Knock-Out Index Is Useless
This article was originally posted on another blog of mine in early 2012, but its content is more appropriate here, I think. The  Taylor Knock-Out Index  may be the single worst metric available for determining the effectiveness of small arms ammunition. De...

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All My TFB Posts On The M1 Garand
The M1 Garand has been the subject of much of my writing over at TFB, since it is a fascinating design, at once revolutionary and deeply flawed. Its descendant, the M14, is to this day a controversial weapon; at once the longest serving rifle and the shorte...

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RPM Goes Mainstream
It's certainly true that I haven't posted an article here on 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute since May. Despite this, I am having more success blogging about small arms technology than I ever thought I would. The few readers I have will already know that I a...

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Are U.S. Soldiers Dying From Inadequate Weapons? No.
I dislike doing rebuttal posts. The temptation is strong to adopt a simple quote-and-refute style, which costs little time and allows me to return to my only modestly interesting but very necessary daily life. This style is only compatible with lazy writing...

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On Combat Shooting (Part II)
Anthony G. Williams, in his article Assault Rifles And Their Ammunition: History and Prospects cites this line from Dual Path Strategy Series: Part III - Soldier Battlefield Effectiveness  written by the PEO Soldier G5, Strategic Communications Office in Au...

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Momentum Has Nothing to Do With Stopping Power
There is a major misconception that pops up often in discussions of small arms: That momentum reflects in some way the terminal effect that a projectile has on a human target. It seems to be standard in the gun journalism industry when evaluating new calibe...

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Check me out at The Firearm Blog!
About a month and a half ago, I was contacted by Steve of The Firearm Blog to re-post my article The Case Against A General Purpose Cartridge  up at his website. After a short conversation, he decided to hire me on as a monthly writer. So far, I've written ...
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