Accession Number:

AD0016423

Title:

TEST OF SURVIVAL WEAPONS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL PROVING GROUND DAHLGREN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1953-08-25

Pagination or Media Count:

85.0

Abstract:

Tests were conducted to determine the performance of various Colt and Smith and Wesson revolvers in view of their possible adoption as a weapon for arming pilots and aircrewmen. Various holsters were also examined as possible replacements for the present shoulder holster. Target-accuracy, penetration, cold-weather, salt-vapor, endurance, holster, and hard-usage tests were performed. Aluminum weapons of the Smith and Wesson alloy and the Military and Police frame size showed satisfactory strength and corrosion resistance. The flat cylinder latches, such as are found on the Smith and Wesson aluminum models, are unsatisfactory. Low-temperature lubricants are necessary during cold-weather operations. Suitable corrosion protection can be obtained by the use of an oiler-driver and plastic pouch. Weapons having 3-in. barrels have suitable penetration, accuracy, and balance. Lightweight weapons having 2-in. barrels are not sufficiently accurate. Magna type grips with grip adapters improve the feel of a weapon and facilitate cocking during rapid fire. The Colt weapon would be acceptable if the cylinder lock mechanism were redesigned to prevent carry-by and the ejector rod either increased in size and strength or protected as it is in the heavy-frame Smith and Wesson weapons.

Subject Categories:

  • Guns

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE