FUTURE GI (May, 1959)

FUTURE GI. Keyhole peek at what the atomic war’s fighting men may wear. New Army developments shown at Fort Ord, Cal., are this transistor-radio helmet, heat-resistant mask, nylon armored vest and automatic aluminum-alloy rifle that fires at a rate of 700 rounds a minute.

  1. Stannous says: November 2, 20068:49 pm

    pretty accurate but not much help in the mentioned ‘atomic war’

  2. Mark says: August 29, 20091:16 pm

    Is that a ar-15 prototype in his hands?

  3. Firebrand38 says: August 29, 20091:41 pm

    I think that’s an example of the very earliest version of the AR-15. If you look closely you’ll see that the cocking handle is in the handgrip on top of the weapon.

  4. JMyint says: August 29, 20094:39 pm

    It’s an AR-10 Rifle Eugene Stoner’s previous design.


  5. Firebrand38 says: August 29, 20094:56 pm

    JMyint: No it isn’t. The Army’s testing for the AR-10 had already ended disastrously in 1957 when the barrel burst. Also the handguards don’t match the AR-10 but rather match the photos in The Black Rifle available through Collector’s Grade publications http://www.collectorgra… on page 59 I think you’ll find.

    Also the reinforcing grooves on the magazine only run vertically. The AR-10 had a “waffle pattern” of vertical and horizontal reinforcement on the magazine.

    Check out the page that you linked to. They either have M-14 mags or the original waffle pattern.

    Also check out pages 39 & 40 of the PDF document at http://handle.dtic.mil/…

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