The Armed Novelist
Hostility

You tell us what firearms I can and can’t own.
You tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
You tell my friends they can’t marry anyone of the same sex.
You do not stand for freedom. You are why I’m so hostile.

I wrote this as a Facebook status a few days ago, promising a friend I would expand and explain what it means.

With politics these days, you see a lot of what I will call “private life interventionism”. Wherein, someone somewhere doesn’t like you for a particular political lifestyle choice. Today, the main hits on the mainstream are firearms, marijuana, gay marriage and abortion.

I don’t exactly know how many people out there who are like me. Wherein, I don’t think your life choices are any of my concern. A lot of the people who talk about defending one “freedom” tend to walk on a separate freedom. I, actually, see it heavily in the gun community (not necessarily on Tumblr or Gunblr — calm down — I mean in general). A lot of gun owners, particularly in the South or who are very religious, defend their right to bear arms and they will not tolerate anybody who asks them hateful questions or comes looking for a piece of the “cake”, as it was so eloquently illustrated here.

However… when it comes to topics like gay marriage or abortion, they vehemently attack it — inside of researching the topic and talking to people who are supporters of those said topics or are involved in some way shape or form. And, then… claim that they are “protecting a basic freedom” by supporting the Second Amendment.

I don’t know about you, but that is absolutely infuriating to me. Why is it any of your business who has sex or marries whomever and how is it any of your business if a woman has to abort a child or chooses to do so regardless of the reason? You just said that it was nobody elses business regarding what guns you buy, or how many, or why you need/want them.

I’m not just bashing one side over the other here, either. I have seen the exact same thing from gun control proponents. I’ve seen a plethora of them who, however, support gay rights. They’re just as hostile as the pro-gunners who fight against whatever other political talking point. And, I don’t understand it. There’s no reason why you have to hate a basic human right just because it offends your sensibilities. There’s absolutely no reason for the hypocrisy of defending your right and not theirs, either.

And, I’ll say it. All of those people who claim that “they are fighting for freedom” while supporting their right and bashing another person’s? They’re not. They’re an enemy to individual sovereignty.

I will stand here, before you all and say that I will truly defend your individual rights. I will promise you that private non-interventionism. I don’t necessarily agree with all abortion reasons, and I sometimes feel uncomfortable on the topic of homosexuality (no, I can’t tell you why), and I’m not one bit devoted to any one religion or am even religious at all, but I will defend you and those rights of yours like I do my right to bear arms. There’s only one clause. You can’t spread hate or inspire fear or promote violence of another person or groups of people.

Fundamental human rights are not rights given to us by forefathers or written on paper and approved by Congressional votes. You’re here, that’s your right. All restrictions after that are infringements. Your right isn’t more important than mine and mine is not more important than yours. I will defend it.

There are, however, people who will protest. They will declare this call-out of hypocrisy as hypocrisy. I did mention a restriction. I will clarify on that. I will not support you in what you are if you spread hate or inspire fear or promote violence. Like how I will not support Westboro Baptist members when they use religion as a shield to attack gay people. Call it being a walking contradiction, but I will not defend hate. I’m trying to eliminate that here and now.

So, that is where my hostility comes from. Before you protest something like gun rights or gay marriage, you think about one of your rights that you support and then, instead of presenting hostility, go out and understand what your hate or fear.

For those who claim they fight or argue for freedom, but don’t support a particular freedom. You don’t. You don’t fight for freedom. You are fighting and arguing for your brand of freedom, instead of humanity’s brand of freedom. You do not fight for Individual Sovereignty. When you keep on doing that, fighting and arguing for certain freedoms, there’s a high chance of bringing out the hostility in people like me.

Why? Because who you are, if you’re gay, is none of my business. If you’ve had or are thinking about having an abortion, it’s none of my business. If you own enough guns to properly outfit a company of Marines, it’s none of my business. If you chose to defend your home and family with a firearm, it’s none of my business. If you see fit to grow marijuana in your home, it’s none of my business. If you go to church or believe in a deity, it’s none of my business. What you do with your body, for your home, on your property is solely and expressively your business. So, don’t attack other people and their rights because you wouldn’t want the sentiment returned.

And, if there’s anybody out there who needs help or needs somebody to stand with them. I will do it. I will stand with you and support your right and defend it you if need be. Just remember to reciprocate the support for anybody who you encounter that needs it too.

That’s all I have to say.

This is a battle,
(WE ARE THE BLADE)
And this is the line,
(THIS IS THE LINE)
All that they build,
(WE WILL BREAK)
This is the line!

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?!

Photos from the 21st Century Wire.

BLM during the stand-off near I-19(?).

This photo caught my eye of a group of BLM gentlemen standing around the hood of their vehicle. What caught my eye, specifically, was that the gentleman at the top center is rolling a SureFire 60-round magazine in his AR carbine variant. I do believe this is the first time I’ve seen a government agency running the magazine.
With Harry Reid’s statement to KRNV-TV on Monday — “Well, it’s not over … We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So, it’s not over.” — is an indicator that the government is not standing down and there will be repercussions. Unfortunately, neither will the other side. This could potentially lead to a shoot-out between armed BLM forces and the American supporters of Cliven Bundy.

Photos from the 21st Century Wire.

BLM during the stand-off near I-19(?).

This photo caught my eye of a group of BLM gentlemen standing around the hood of their vehicle. What caught my eye, specifically, was that the gentleman at the top center is rolling a SureFire 60-round magazine in his AR carbine variant. I do believe this is the first time I’ve seen a government agency running the magazine.

With Harry Reid’s statement to KRNV-TV on Monday — “Well, it’s not over … We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So, it’s not over.” — is an indicator that the government is not standing down and there will be repercussions. Unfortunately, neither will the other side. This could potentially lead to a shoot-out between armed BLM forces and the American supporters of Cliven Bundy.

So, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) comes up with this gem. The bill is a mere two-pages long and even if it doesn’t pass, the title of it should give you a good idea of what it will accomplish anyway — ahead of the 2014 Midterm Elections. Now, don’t bust out in a fit of joyous giggles and start bouncing up and down in your seat yet. There’s clarification to be had here. The first, and currently only, news source to have coverage on it can be found here and I will let it explain.

While reading it, you may find yourself thinking that it’s written by an anti-gunner. However, it’s an article written from the middle ground to view both sides equally; while also using both sides slanderous sayings and whatnot. I did thoroughly enjoy it. That said, if I’m wrong and if it is a true anti-gunner who wrote this, then he did so favorably in our favor. Thanks, buddy.

What this bill is, whether or not intended by the pro-gun Congressman from Texas, is a test. It is a test to discern who among the United States Congress, and the United States Senate, are potential proponents of gun registration in the United States. It feels out who is for and who is against gun confiscation in the United States.

If this bill passes committee and comes to a vote, it has the potential to put every politician in the House on record for being pro-registration or anti-registration, right before the 2014 elections, and in plenty of time for the 2016 cycle. Americans will simply look at the title of the bill, they will look at who is sponsoring it, and who is opposing it, and they will have a clear picture as to who in Congress supports their right to bear arms, and who in Congress is seeking to subvert that right.

This bill is a win-win for the Republicans, and a terrible losing situation for the Democrats.

For the Republicans, the result of this bill can only end up gaining them political traction. If it passes, they get to go to their constituents to say how they fought for their right to bear arms, how they fought against a leviathan, overreaching government who was coming for their guns. They get to enjoy the favor of the gun lobby, they get to put this victory under their belt, a stamp on the side of their legislative fighter jet, and they get to enjoy the spoils of their triumph.

If it fails to pass, they get to point to every single nay vote in the room and paint them as vehemently anti-gun. They get to beg the gun lobby for more money to help oust the gun grabbers in Congress, and they get to whip American gun owners up into a frenzy, they get to turn the 2014 elections into a gun-centric debate, and if the Republicans take the majority of the victories, they get to say it is a referendum on gun rights.

For the Democrats, this bill backs them right up into a corner. By opposing this bill, which most of them will, it puts their name down in history as politicians who opposed legislation essentially preventing the registration and confiscation of firearms in the United States of America. We have heard for years during the recent gun-control debates that Liberal anti-gun politicians are not out to take away our guns, they are not coming for our right to bear arms, and that Conservative pundits and redneck voters are just paranoid.

This puts the cards on the table.

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The AA12 Shotgun
ABOVE: The author firing the AA12 in the desert outside of Las Vegas. Recoil was surprisingly light and this had a lot to do with weight and the low 300 rounds per minute cyclic rate.
One does not often think of shotguns as viable combat weapons and in the law enforcement arena, shotguns have lost traction in favor of the patrol carbine.  The destructive power of the 12 gauge shotgun is not disputed; the real issues with the changeover had more to do with the patrol carbine being more versatile with its ability to penetrate body armor and reduce collateral damage from stray pellets.  In the military arena, the shotgun still has its place but it’s rather limited.  The standard issue shotguns, the Mossberg M590A1 and the M1014 (Benelli M4 semi-auto) see service in all branches.  Back in 2004, the Marines were testing another shotgun, one that is completely different from the rest, a true machine gun, the AA12 aka the Atchisson Assault 12 gauge shotgun.
In 1972, Maxwell Atchisson developed a shotgun unlike any other.  This is a fully automatic, blowback operated shotgun that fired from an open bolt position.  It fired from either an 8-round box magazine, or a 20- or 32-round drum magazine.  The cyclic rate of fire was around 300 rounds per minute.  The trigger finger of the shooter is the selector lever.  By one quick pull and release of the trigger, a single shot is easily achievable and by holding the trigger down full automatic fire is achieved.  Atchisson patented his design, which was intended for military and police use, though he was never able to sell the shotgun to any agency.

Shown are the fully loaded 8-round stick magazine and the 20-round rotary drum. Both Remington buckshot and Winchester bird shot were used to test fire the AA12. The Winchester was notably a lighter load as evidenced by a slower cyclic rate, erratic ejection pattern, and lighter report and recoil. The heavy 2 3/4 inch Remington high brass buckshot was the strongest load. The shells ejected several feet and the rate of fire sounded very consistent.

In 1987, Atchisson encountered some financial difficulties and needed fast money.  Jerry Baber met Max Atchisson in Johnson City, TN to purchase the rights to the weapon.  The drawings that were provided as part of the agreement were not accurate and it took Jerry several years before he could produce a weapon for R&D.  The AA12 was now to be known as the Auto Assault-12 instead of Atchisson Assault-12.
Jerry Baber is one of the foremost experts in high-precision cast steel parts.  Along with his partner Boje Corneal, they began production on a small batch of pre-production models off of the original Atchisson prints for testing.  During this time period, Baber and Corneal were manufacturing components for 39 gun companies at the B&H Precision foundry.  Baber spent the next 18 years refining the shotgun with a documented 188 changes to improve the shotgun and make it ready to serve.  Baber invested over one million dollars of his own money into the development of the AA12 and purchased a high speed video camera and a snail trap.  According to Baber, this was the catalyst in finding the final bugs in the system and getting it ready to sell in 2004.  The most significant change was the change from blowback operation to gas operated long stroke piston operation.

Due to the inconsistency of commercial ammunition, proprietary shotgun ammunition was designed and produced. Notice they are all high brass. The III marked shell contains 30x Steel BB, the IV contains 14x.22 caliber steel/tungsten and 3x.32 caliber tungsten /frangible. The V is loaded with 6x Number 1 Buck Steel and 3x00 Buck steel frangible. This ammunition is specifically designed for the AA12 and sold only to AA12 purchasers.

The AA12 has an overall length of 33.25 inches with the 13.37 inch long barrel and fired from the open bolt.  The barrel with the breaching devise attached is 16.12 inches in length.  The shotgun weighs 10 pounds, which is lighter than some of the decked out M4 carbines in use today.  The rate of fire is about 300 rounds per minute depending upon the type of ammunition being used.  Development of this weapon system has proven how little consistency and quality control is put into factory loaded shotgun ammunition.  Depending on the ammunition being used, the effective range of the shotgun is between 100 to 150 yards.  The finish is normally black but can be had in various camouflage patterns as well.  The AA12 has a manual safety but is fully automatic only.
The method of operation is called Constant Recoil.  According to Jerry Baber, “When the bolt flies back after firing to cycle another round, around 80% of what would normally be felt as recoil is absorbed by a proprietary gas system.  A recoil spring grabs another 10% of the normal recoil for a 12-gauge round – so you can point the AA12 at a target and unload a full magazine without significant loss of accuracy.”  This shotgun is extremely pleasant and controllable to fire.  The 300 round cyclic rate plus the unique operating system make it very easy to control and be accurate with it.

The barrel removed from the receiver and the bolt and operating rod in place. This is a massive chunk of metal reciprocating in the receiver and aids in the combat reliability of this shotgun.

The cycle of operations is as follows:  The bolt carrier is pulled to the rear (ready) position and a box or drum magazine is slid into place.  When ready to fire, the operator simply flips the safety selector from “Safe” to “Fire” and pulls the trigger.  Moving forward, the bolt/bolt carrier strips a shell off of the magazine and it rides up the bolt face into position.  Continuing its forward movement, the bolt/bolt carrier centers the shell into the chamber.  At this time, an internal cam begins to move the bolt locking pin upward (until now in its captured position).  When the bolt is fully in battery, this locking pin slips into a notch at the top of the barrel extension locking the bolt into the firing position.  This action also permits the firing pin to move forward and strike the primer on the shotgun shell.  When the round is fired the bolt/bolt carrier starts moving back 0.00025 seconds later at a rate of 250 inches per second.  The bolt/bolt carrier unlocks from the barrel extension at 0.0012 seconds but is delayed until 0.002 seconds before it starts to move again (the bolt locking pin once again in its captured position).  The bolt continues to move to the rear and comes to a dead stop 0.0091 seconds after firing.  If the trigger is still pulled, the sear releases the bolt/bolt carrier and it starts moving forward gaining speed until it is moving at about 160 inches a second, strips another round from the magazine and chambers it.  The bolt/bolt carrier achieves lock up in 0.11 seconds.  Speed at lock up is about 130 inches a second.  Total “cycle time” (from firing to firing) is about 0.2 seconds (a rate of 5 rounds per second/300 rounds per minute)
One important point to remember is that the AA12 fires from the open bolt position.  If the bolt is locked to the rear, and the magazine is inserted, the weapon is READY TO FIRE.  The ultimate “safe” condition of the AA12 is no magazine inserted, bolt forward and safety/selector in “SAFE.”

The muzzle device is a combination flash suppressor and breeching mechanism.

The shotgun is manufactured from seven different types of aircraft-grade stainless steel using the lost wax process.  One of the final processes is “unobtanium,” a process Baber will not divulge.  According to Military Police Systems (MPS), the manufacturer of the AA12, is that the AA12 is the only weapon system in the world that is virtually maintenance free.  Over 22,000 shells were fired through a test gun with no sign of wear on any of the parts, and requires absolutely no lubricant.  Military Police Systems claims the cleaning kit for the AA12 contains dish soap, Scotch Brite pad and an all purpose brush.  The maintenance tools consist of a flat blade screw driver and a pocket knife.  There are no special tools required to field strip the shotgun.  According to Military Police Systems, the shotgun should be cleaned every 10,000 rounds.  The synthetic outer shell is manufactured from high strength polymer/zytel.
Military Police Systems has teamed up with Action Manufacturing Company specifically to design High Explosive ammunition to turn the AA12 into a multifunctional weapon system.  The explosive round has a maximum affective range of 200 yards.
During testing, as well as in normal use, it was clear that the same care and precision used in quality control of rifle and pistol ammunition is not carried over to shotgun ammunition.  Firing a shotgun like the AA12 permits you to see and feel the differences in powder charge from round to round as well as manufacturer to manufacturer.  You hear the difference in terms of rate of fire, feel the difference in recoil and see the difference in the ejection pattern of the spent shotshell.  With lighter loads, the shell will just drop out of the shotgun rather than a full power one throwing it several feet.  Although the shotgun will fire with most all 2 3/4 inch shells, the more reliable ammunition will be the full power buck shot loads or slugs.  The AA12 will fire most commercial 2 3/4 loads but it is recommended to use high quality high-brass shotgun ammunition loaded to a 3 dram equivalent.  Due to the unrepeatability in shot shell performance, Military Police Systems decided to go into production of proprietary ammunition that is manufactured per specifications defined by Military Police Systems exclusively for the AA12.  The shotgun shells were designed for Military Police Systems in conjunction with an engineer whose background includes working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and DuPont.  This ammunition is manufactured in Iowa exclusively for, and on equipment owned by, Military Police Systems.  This ammunition is only available to specifically identified end-users of the AA12 without exception.  This ammunition is optimized for performance as well as durability and reliability of the AA12 shotgun system.  Combat loads offered are as follows:

The AA12 is uniquely qualified to perform the duties of urban combat, counter-terrorist/counter-narcotics operations, anti-piracy, VIP protection and facility security.  The first foreign sale was in 2010.  It has been purchased in small numbers by the Saudi Royal Guard and an undisclosed user in southwest Asia.  To date around 70 of the shotguns have been sold.  They are handmade, not mass produced guns.
Of course something as magnificent as this will find its way into Hollywood.  It first appeared in Predator 1 andPredator 2.  Its latest appearance was in Expendables 2 where it got some real recognition by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There are many scenes showing the destructiveness of this unique shotgun.

The AA12 fully disassembled. The pieces are very simple and very big. Note that by the removal of a pin the barrel can be removed. According to the manufacturer, the shotgun requires little to no maintenance and it will function without parts breakage indefinitely. Around 70 of these shotguns have been built and sold and is continuously being improved.

For test and evaluation, Steve Herberth of Military Police Systems flew down to Long Mountain Outfitters in Henderson, Nevada with his AA12.  We proceeded to Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada where Steve gave this author a quick instruction on the shotgun features and its operation and how to load and unload.  Out with us was Kattie McGrew, Chipotle Publications Editorial Coordinator who could not be more than 90 pounds soaking wet.  Steve loaded up two drums and two stick magazines with Winchester and Remington shotgun shells.  The shotgun did not move when firing a full 20-round drum magazine.  When Kattie shot the shotgun, it looked as big as she was.  She pulled that trigger and the shotgun just sat in place as she dumped the magazine.  She fired several magazines and made no indication of excessive recoil.  It was noticed that the Winchester ammunition was significantly a lower power load than the Remington.  The Remington you could hear and feel the difference with higher recoil and cyclic rate of fire.  The only malfunctions encountered were not due to the AA12 but the Winchester ammunition.  These were low brass shot shells and probably 3 hulls separated from the base and got stuck in the chamber.  Of more than 300 rounds fired on that dusty desert day in Nevada, those were the only 3 malfunctions.  The shotgun was bone dry and the sand and dust did not bother it.
The shotgun clearly has potential in many areas of the defense and law enforcement market & is only available to military & law enforcement customers.  The cost is one of its most serious reasons for not seeing more action throughout the industry.  Perhaps in time the cost will come down & make it more affordable for military and LE agencies.  This is without a doubt one of the most unique firearms this author has had the pleasure to evaluate.
by Christopher R. Bartocci on 14 April, 2014.

You want to talk about a revival from the dead. Hadn’t heard anything about it since 2012; from this Marine Corps article.

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The AA12 Shotgun

ABOVE: The author firing the AA12 in the desert outside of Las Vegas. Recoil was surprisingly light and this had a lot to do with weight and the low 300 rounds per minute cyclic rate.

One does not often think of shotguns as viable combat weapons and in the law enforcement arena, shotguns have lost traction in favor of the patrol carbine.  The destructive power of the 12 gauge shotgun is not disputed; the real issues with the changeover had more to do with the patrol carbine being more versatile with its ability to penetrate body armor and reduce collateral damage from stray pellets.  In the military arena, the shotgun still has its place but it’s rather limited.  The standard issue shotguns, the Mossberg M590A1 and the M1014 (Benelli M4 semi-auto) see service in all branches.  Back in 2004, the Marines were testing another shotgun, one that is completely different from the rest, a true machine gun, the AA12 aka the Atchisson Assault 12 gauge shotgun.

In 1972, Maxwell Atchisson developed a shotgun unlike any other.  This is a fully automatic, blowback operated shotgun that fired from an open bolt position.  It fired from either an 8-round box magazine, or a 20- or 32-round drum magazine.  The cyclic rate of fire was around 300 rounds per minute.  The trigger finger of the shooter is the selector lever.  By one quick pull and release of the trigger, a single shot is easily achievable and by holding the trigger down full automatic fire is achieved.  Atchisson patented his design, which was intended for military and police use, though he was never able to sell the shotgun to any agency.

Shown are the fully loaded 8-round stick magazine and the 20-round rotary drum. Both Remington buckshot and Winchester bird shot were used to test fire the AA12. The Winchester was notably a lighter load as evidenced by a slower cyclic rate, erratic ejection pattern, and lighter report and recoil. The heavy 2 3/4 inch Remington high brass buckshot was the strongest load. The shells ejected several feet and the rate of fire sounded very consistent.

In 1987, Atchisson encountered some financial difficulties and needed fast money.  Jerry Baber met Max Atchisson in Johnson City, TN to purchase the rights to the weapon.  The drawings that were provided as part of the agreement were not accurate and it took Jerry several years before he could produce a weapon for R&D.  The AA12 was now to be known as the Auto Assault-12 instead of Atchisson Assault-12.

Jerry Baber is one of the foremost experts in high-precision cast steel parts.  Along with his partner Boje Corneal, they began production on a small batch of pre-production models off of the original Atchisson prints for testing.  During this time period, Baber and Corneal were manufacturing components for 39 gun companies at the B&H Precision foundry.  Baber spent the next 18 years refining the shotgun with a documented 188 changes to improve the shotgun and make it ready to serve.  Baber invested over one million dollars of his own money into the development of the AA12 and purchased a high speed video camera and a snail trap.  According to Baber, this was the catalyst in finding the final bugs in the system and getting it ready to sell in 2004.  The most significant change was the change from blowback operation to gas operated long stroke piston operation.

Due to the inconsistency of commercial ammunition, proprietary shotgun ammunition was designed and produced. Notice they are all high brass. The III marked shell contains 30x Steel BB, the IV contains 14x.22 caliber steel/tungsten and 3x.32 caliber tungsten /frangible. The V is loaded with 6x Number 1 Buck Steel and 3x00 Buck steel frangible. This ammunition is specifically designed for the AA12 and sold only to AA12 purchasers.

The AA12 has an overall length of 33.25 inches with the 13.37 inch long barrel and fired from the open bolt.  The barrel with the breaching devise attached is 16.12 inches in length.  The shotgun weighs 10 pounds, which is lighter than some of the decked out M4 carbines in use today.  The rate of fire is about 300 rounds per minute depending upon the type of ammunition being used.  Development of this weapon system has proven how little consistency and quality control is put into factory loaded shotgun ammunition.  Depending on the ammunition being used, the effective range of the shotgun is between 100 to 150 yards.  The finish is normally black but can be had in various camouflage patterns as well.  The AA12 has a manual safety but is fully automatic only.

The method of operation is called Constant Recoil.  According to Jerry Baber, “When the bolt flies back after firing to cycle another round, around 80% of what would normally be felt as recoil is absorbed by a proprietary gas system.  A recoil spring grabs another 10% of the normal recoil for a 12-gauge round – so you can point the AA12 at a target and unload a full magazine without significant loss of accuracy.”  This shotgun is extremely pleasant and controllable to fire.  The 300 round cyclic rate plus the unique operating system make it very easy to control and be accurate with it.

The barrel removed from the receiver and the bolt and operating rod in place. This is a massive chunk of metal reciprocating in the receiver and aids in the combat reliability of this shotgun.

The cycle of operations is as follows:  The bolt carrier is pulled to the rear (ready) position and a box or drum magazine is slid into place.  When ready to fire, the operator simply flips the safety selector from “Safe” to “Fire” and pulls the trigger.  Moving forward, the bolt/bolt carrier strips a shell off of the magazine and it rides up the bolt face into position.  Continuing its forward movement, the bolt/bolt carrier centers the shell into the chamber.  At this time, an internal cam begins to move the bolt locking pin upward (until now in its captured position).  When the bolt is fully in battery, this locking pin slips into a notch at the top of the barrel extension locking the bolt into the firing position.  This action also permits the firing pin to move forward and strike the primer on the shotgun shell.  When the round is fired the bolt/bolt carrier starts moving back 0.00025 seconds later at a rate of 250 inches per second.  The bolt/bolt carrier unlocks from the barrel extension at 0.0012 seconds but is delayed until 0.002 seconds before it starts to move again (the bolt locking pin once again in its captured position).  The bolt continues to move to the rear and comes to a dead stop 0.0091 seconds after firing.  If the trigger is still pulled, the sear releases the bolt/bolt carrier and it starts moving forward gaining speed until it is moving at about 160 inches a second, strips another round from the magazine and chambers it.  The bolt/bolt carrier achieves lock up in 0.11 seconds.  Speed at lock up is about 130 inches a second.  Total “cycle time” (from firing to firing) is about 0.2 seconds (a rate of 5 rounds per second/300 rounds per minute)

One important point to remember is that the AA12 fires from the open bolt position.  If the bolt is locked to the rear, and the magazine is inserted, the weapon is READY TO FIRE.  The ultimate “safe” condition of the AA12 is no magazine inserted, bolt forward and safety/selector in “SAFE.”

The muzzle device is a combination flash suppressor and breeching mechanism.

The shotgun is manufactured from seven different types of aircraft-grade stainless steel using the lost wax process.  One of the final processes is “unobtanium,” a process Baber will not divulge.  According to Military Police Systems (MPS), the manufacturer of the AA12, is that the AA12 is the only weapon system in the world that is virtually maintenance free.  Over 22,000 shells were fired through a test gun with no sign of wear on any of the parts, and requires absolutely no lubricant.  Military Police Systems claims the cleaning kit for the AA12 contains dish soap, Scotch Brite pad and an all purpose brush.  The maintenance tools consist of a flat blade screw driver and a pocket knife.  There are no special tools required to field strip the shotgun.  According to Military Police Systems, the shotgun should be cleaned every 10,000 rounds.  The synthetic outer shell is manufactured from high strength polymer/zytel.

Military Police Systems has teamed up with Action Manufacturing Company specifically to design High Explosive ammunition to turn the AA12 into a multifunctional weapon system.  The explosive round has a maximum affective range of 200 yards.

During testing, as well as in normal use, it was clear that the same care and precision used in quality control of rifle and pistol ammunition is not carried over to shotgun ammunition.  Firing a shotgun like the AA12 permits you to see and feel the differences in powder charge from round to round as well as manufacturer to manufacturer.  You hear the difference in terms of rate of fire, feel the difference in recoil and see the difference in the ejection pattern of the spent shotshell.  With lighter loads, the shell will just drop out of the shotgun rather than a full power one throwing it several feet.  Although the shotgun will fire with most all 2 3/4 inch shells, the more reliable ammunition will be the full power buck shot loads or slugs.  The AA12 will fire most commercial 2 3/4 loads but it is recommended to use high quality high-brass shotgun ammunition loaded to a 3 dram equivalent.  Due to the unrepeatability in shot shell performance, Military Police Systems decided to go into production of proprietary ammunition that is manufactured per specifications defined by Military Police Systems exclusively for the AA12.  The shotgun shells were designed for Military Police Systems in conjunction with an engineer whose background includes working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and DuPont.  This ammunition is manufactured in Iowa exclusively for, and on equipment owned by, Military Police Systems.  This ammunition is only available to specifically identified end-users of the AA12 without exception.  This ammunition is optimized for performance as well as durability and reliability of the AA12 shotgun system.  Combat loads offered are as follows:

The AA12 is uniquely qualified to perform the duties of urban combat, counter-terrorist/counter-narcotics operations, anti-piracy, VIP protection and facility security.  The first foreign sale was in 2010.  It has been purchased in small numbers by the Saudi Royal Guard and an undisclosed user in southwest Asia.  To date around 70 of the shotguns have been sold.  They are handmade, not mass produced guns.

Of course something as magnificent as this will find its way into Hollywood.  It first appeared in Predator 1 andPredator 2.  Its latest appearance was in Expendables 2 where it got some real recognition by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There are many scenes showing the destructiveness of this unique shotgun.

The AA12 fully disassembled. The pieces are very simple and very big. Note that by the removal of a pin the barrel can be removed. According to the manufacturer, the shotgun requires little to no maintenance and it will function without parts breakage indefinitely. Around 70 of these shotguns have been built and sold and is continuously being improved.

For test and evaluation, Steve Herberth of Military Police Systems flew down to Long Mountain Outfitters in Henderson, Nevada with his AA12.  We proceeded to Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada where Steve gave this author a quick instruction on the shotgun features and its operation and how to load and unload.  Out with us was Kattie McGrew, Chipotle Publications Editorial Coordinator who could not be more than 90 pounds soaking wet.  Steve loaded up two drums and two stick magazines with Winchester and Remington shotgun shells.  The shotgun did not move when firing a full 20-round drum magazine.  When Kattie shot the shotgun, it looked as big as she was.  She pulled that trigger and the shotgun just sat in place as she dumped the magazine.  She fired several magazines and made no indication of excessive recoil.  It was noticed that the Winchester ammunition was significantly a lower power load than the Remington.  The Remington you could hear and feel the difference with higher recoil and cyclic rate of fire.  The only malfunctions encountered were not due to the AA12 but the Winchester ammunition.  These were low brass shot shells and probably 3 hulls separated from the base and got stuck in the chamber.  Of more than 300 rounds fired on that dusty desert day in Nevada, those were the only 3 malfunctions.  The shotgun was bone dry and the sand and dust did not bother it.

The shotgun clearly has potential in many areas of the defense and law enforcement market & is only available to military & law enforcement customers.  The cost is one of its most serious reasons for not seeing more action throughout the industry.  Perhaps in time the cost will come down & make it more affordable for military and LE agencies.  This is without a doubt one of the most unique firearms this author has had the pleasure to evaluate.

You want to talk about a revival from the dead. Hadn’t heard anything about it since 2012; from this Marine Corps article.

house-of-gnar:

Iraq-0049 by Ian Forsyth on Flickr.
Iraq-0049

Soldiers from 19 Light Brigade take part in Operation SINBAD, Pulse 9, in the North of Basrah City.

house-of-gnar:

Iraq-0049 by Ian Forsyth on Flickr.

Iraq-0049

Soldiers from 19 Light Brigade take part in Operation SINBAD, Pulse 9, in the North of Basrah City.

Yee Ol’ Rifle Smugglers - The Z-Spot. [x]
Coming soon.

Yee Ol’ Rifle Smugglers - The Z-Spot. [x]

Coming soon.

motherboardtv:

It Might Be Time We Look for Superhabitable Exoplanets

txchnologist:

Revolutionary Telescope Gets Green Light

An 82-foot telescope boasting ten times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope has successfully passed design reviews and is ready to be constructed.

The Giant Magellan Telescope will use a light-collecting mirror surface more than six times the area of current instruments to hunt for distant, potentially habitable planets and let astronomers time travel back to a billion years after the Big Bang.

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scifigeneration:

Mars - Mass Effect [◼]

via monkeydseehr

scifigeneration:

TRAILER: “THE SIGNAL” (2014)

Nick and Jonah are MIT freshmen with a passion for hacking. While driving cross-country through Nevada with Nick’s girlfriend, Hailey, they follow rival hacker Nomad’s clues to a location 180 miles away. After a terrifying confrontation with Nomad in the middle of the desert, the trio regain consciousness in captivity. Struggling to comprehend the true nature of their confinement, they discover they are part of a plot much larger than themselves.

zerostatereflex:

NASA’s Starshade

This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets.”

(That last GIF is a prototype,..it’s like we’re using the natural mechanics of flower petals for space..so awesome.)

One day this may be used to take the first picture of another Earth. 

darylelockhart:

Space Brother by Rei17

via madmothmiko