posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 03:58 AM
Well, Mr Oh-So-Clever-Shattered Skies, Mr Windchester has the kudos to appologise, so Brownie Points to him.
Mr Shattered Skies. You have much to learn about firearms and guns, the two are worlds apart.
A Firearm is usually a 'Hand held, shoulder fired, magazine or belt fed, semi or automatic weapon!'
A gun is usually an 'Artillery piece, capable of 'throwing' an explosive device over a given distance!' Said 'device' may be conventional
or a rocket assisted projectile (RAP)
Firearms, by their very nature are either belt fed - fully automatic, or mag fed - semi or fully automatic. They can be shoulder fired, bipod fired
(The General or Minimi) and tripod fired (The General or the .50 Browning in SF Role)
Both work on the recoil system wehereby a small portion of the expanding gas is bled off to recock the weapon and feed another round into the chamber,
as the breech block passes over the magazine face.
An artillery piece uses the same principle, BUT no round is fed into the chamber. All that happens is that the weapon is re-cocked, then the
weapon is realigned and another round - usually a warhead and bag charge is manually fed into the breach. The guy with the very long lanyard then
fires the weapon.
Machine pistols on the other hand, operate from either an open or closed bolt, as well as a 'fixed or rotating' bolt but most work on the
'blowback' principle, as I explained in my previous reply.
Technology has made tremendous leaps and bounds since WWII, but the fundamental principles remain the same.