drums & ammo

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RPD

Belt-fed firearm chambered in 7.62x39mm, this RPD has been modified into an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), with an 11.5″ long barrel. Note the adapter in the first photo that allows for the use of M249 drums or ammo sacks. Second photo shows the traditional RPD drum with belt. The owner/seller also ditched the wooden handguards and added a forward grip using an AK pistol grip. (GRH)

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Bling?

I think this started off as a Romanian Micro Draco Pistol but its been plated in 24K gold, engraved with custom carved furniture. Kind of a drug cartel look to it. Either have to doing a lot of drugs to want to buy this or selling a lot of drugs to buy this; price tag is $12,500. If only it had a gold plated drum with gold plated ammo…(GRH)

April 3, 1916 - “Fokker Scourge” Coming to an End as New Allied Fighters Take Flight

Pictured - The observer in an F.E.2 demonstrates how he must stand up to use the rear-facing Lewis gun over the top plane.  The pilot has his own, non-standard machine gun in his own cockpit.

Since August 1915, German single-plane Fokker Eindecker fighters dominated the skies over the Western Front, preying on British and French machines made for aerial observation and not dog fighting.  But the “Fokker Scourge” approached its end at the beginning of spring 1916. 

Two new Entente fighter planes - the French Nieuport 11 and the British F.E.2 - arrived at front-line squadrons in increasing numbers.  Allied pilots could once again face their foes on equal terms.  In fact, both new machines outclassed the once-vaunted Fokker, whose machine gun, able to fire forward through the propeller, had made it an unbeatable threat for months. 

The Nieuport 11, in fact, outclassed the Fokker in every way.  French pilots could out-climb and outpace German enemies, and aerlions gave them far better maneuverability than the warping used by the Fokker.  The Allies still had not come up with their own method to synchronize a machine gun with a propeller, so the Nieuport mounted a Lewis machine gun just over the propeller, which solved the problem nearly enough, though the single pilot had to change ammo drums and clear jams himself in flight.

The British found a different solution to the Fokker’s dominance by developing the ultimate flying gun platform.  The Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 was a two-seater “pusher” biplane, which meant it had a propeller in the tail, not in the front.  An observer stood at the front of the cockpit, with a specially designed swivel mount for his Lewis machine gun, and another machine gun facing backwards over the top plane.  This gave him excellent fire coverage in most directions, and meant the pilot could concentrate on flying the plane while his gunner shot at targets, though standing to use the rear-facing gun risked being thrown from the plane.  It was an F.E.2 that killed Max Immelman, Germany’s great Fokker ace, on June 18.