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a silent handgun , capable of "engaging fleeting targets without aimed fire " they came up with a " balanced compact 6 shot cylinder loaded exposed hammer selective double action modified smith and wesson .44 magnum revolver weighing 38oz" it fired a special 15 pellet bullet with a shot pattern similar to that of a shotgun but with smole and flash virtually eliminated , called the tunnel weapon , it deserved a better fate than it recieved
Originally posted by fritz
But Frederick Forsyth - reknowned for his research prior to publishing his books, was adamant that this weapon was a .44 revolver which used a special round.
It was not a hollow point round but more like a fragmentation round, in that the bullet split in to 4 pieces as soon as it left the muzzle.
The weapon described was not silent because, Hollywood not withstanding, you cannot silence a revolver!
Originally posted by ignorant_ape if you are so bothered ASK THE AUTHOR , he is still alive and was last interviewed in july 2008.
Bothered? Moi? I am not that bothered Ape! I just have this mental picture of a .44 magnum round splitting in to 4 pieces on exiting the barral in much the same way as the baddie's spaceship stole the Russian and Yank sattelites in that James Bomd film.
That is the why I was asking and that is why I posed the question.
I did not mean to upset you or anybody else. I was just curious.
Quiet Special Purpose Revolver (QSPR; also known as 'tunnel revolver' or 'tunnel gun') evolved from 1967 US Army requirements for a silenced, multi-projectile hand weapon for use by 'tunnel exploration personnel' (so called 'tunnel rats'), which operated against Vietnamese communist forces in the numerous tunnels dug by NVA and VC personnel. The weapon concept was developed at US Army Land Warfare Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in collaboration with AAI corporation, which was responsible for creation of the internally silenced ammunition, based on the "gas seal piston" concept [...]
First ten specimen of QSPR revolvers were delivered for field testing in Vietnam in mid-1969. Testing continued until late 1969