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Hunting The Ghost Gun: An Analysis Of The U.S. Army Infantry Rifle

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Like many other nations, the United States was born of war. The freedom sought by our founding fathers was not free it was paid in patriot blood during the American Revolution. No matter the reasonthe preservation of democracy, liberation of the oppressed, or revolutionthe United States has been no stranger to the battlefield. Through deserts, jungles, and grassy plains in brick buildings, straw huts, and log cabins by mountains, ditches, and the oceans, the infantry soldier has relied on one key tool to accomplish the mission his weapon. Indeed, among the many characteristics of war, the infantry rifle has remained a critical battle component throughout time. The purpose of this study is to provide an analysis of the U.S. militarys usage of various small arms and their associated cartridges from WWII to current day. The primary objective centers on an analysis of the driving factors and decisions used in military cartridge selection and development. The expected product will be a reference document to aid in the decision-making process for future small arms cartridgeweapon selection and development.

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  • Ammunition and Explosives

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