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New Technology in the Armed Forces by Robert Sauls on 16/04/07

The United States Armed Forces is the main line of defense to protect our country from the threats of the world. If the armed forces are not well equipped, our soldiers can not fight and protect their country. With the advancements in technology, the armed forces have acquired many advanced weapons and vehicles to use to fight these threats to our country. Throughout this paper, I will discuss new advancements in weapons, vehicles, and other technology that the armed forces use to fight the enemy.

We begin discussing advancements in hand help weapons. Pistols, rifles, and automatic weapons have evolved over many years. Browning, Smith and Weston, Colt, and Benelli are among the many brands of firearms made today. The first guns ever created were made out of wood and metal, and fired only one round at a time. Soldiers that used these pistols and rifles had to reload after every shot. These guns were called mussel loaders. These guns were called mussel loaders because the gun was reloaded at the open end of the barrel using wadding, gun powder, and a lead ball, which is the ammunition that was fired. The ammunition had to be packed with a packing rod, and the firing mechanism consisted of a lever that slammed down on the chamber where the gun powder was located. When the lever struck the gun powder, either by causing a spark, or by using a burning stick, the powder would ignite, and then the lead ball would be propelled out of the end of the barrel with tremendous force. The weapons that are created today are much more advanced than the primitive weapons used back during the American Civil War. Pistols and rifles are made out of light weight medal and use clips to hold the ammunition that can range from five bullets and go all the way up to thirty bullets. The bullet is fired in a much better way. The bullet is pressed into a brass casing which also holds the gun powder. On the bottom of the casing, there is a small, round area called the primer, which, when struck, ignites the gun powder and propels the bullet out of the casing.

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