Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

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Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

Post by ArmchairSamurai » 23 Feb 2020 05:43

Hello all. I am skimming through vintage catalogs of Waffen Revue and stumbled across something rather peculiar. In issue 73, dated 1989, on page 113-116, is what is described as an "anti-paratrooper" all-purpose gun. From what I could translate, the designer and manufacturer are unknown. That and the gun was rigorously tested at Floyd Bennett Airfield, perhaps with the intention to market it to the Army-Air Corps; there is even a mention of it possibly being offered to the British. To me, it looks like a riot-gun or grenade launcher turned revolver. It is also said to fire tear gas, smoke, "1-Pound splinter grenades" and flares, with the caliber being 1 inch or 3.4 cm. What do you all think? Does anybody know who made this thing, or what became of it?

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Re: Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

Post by Richard Anderson » 23 Feb 2020 06:12

Looks like one of the scams, sorry designs, of the AAC the American Armament Corporation.
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Re: Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 23 Feb 2020 13:42

Looks a lot like the much later Mk18 mod 0 grenade launcher. Maybe a later experimental version of the earlier Fokker 12 shot “nutcracker” design mentioned.
https://web.archive.org/web/20070614202 ... Breech.htm

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Re: Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

Post by R Leonard » 23 Feb 2020 16:10

Early, prototype, much less portable version of the "streetsweeper"? :lol:

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Re: Mystery 1940 Anti-Paratrooper Portable All-Purpose Gun

Post by Rivet » 10 Aug 2020 00:10

Some kind of adaptation of the Manville Gas Guns that were around in that era? Admittedly a wild guess.

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