Focus on Basics, Urges Small Arms Designer.The small arms small arms, firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms
The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent. community should remember its roots and work on improving the internal functioning of weapons, rather than developing peripheral products, such as laser designators and fire-control devices, according to according to
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3. L. James Sullivan For other persons named James Sullivan, see James Sullivan (disambiguation).
James Sullivan (April 22, 1744, Berwick, Maine - December 10, 1808) was a U.S. political figure.
In 1776, Sullivan was a State court judge in Massachusetts. , a veteran small arms designer.
It takes longer for a soldier to reload-well over one minute-than it does to expend all of the rounds in a single magazine, Sullivan reminded a conference sponsored recently by the National Defense Industrial Association in Little Rock, Ark.
Why not, he asked, rake a look at some of the basic issues of the design to help the soldier increase his ability to hit a target, rather than invest millions of dollars in a weapon that is rapidly becoming a Swiss Army Knife of rifles?
"Let's fix the inside before we start trying to fix the outside," said Sullivan.
At the Joint Services Small Arms Symposium, Sullivan received the Chinn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Executive Committee of NDIA's Small Arms Systems Section, in recognition of four decades of design and engineering achievements.
George Chinn is considered by many as the master of military small arms.
Sullivan is known for his work on the Ml 6 family of weapons. He is credited with adapting the design of Eugene Stoner's 7.62mm AR10 assault rifle to a smaller 5.56mm version, which ultimately became the now ubiquitous M16.
From his work with Stoner ston·er
1. One that stones.
a. One who is habitually intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
b. One who is a delinquent or failure. on the M16, Sullivan moved to Singapore, to work on a new light machine gun for Chartered Industries, now known as Singapore Technologies. The outcome was the 5.56mm Ultimax light machine gun, noted by experts as one of the most manageable light machine guns in the world. The secret of its manageability is in Sullivan's patented counter recoil recoil /re·coil/ (re´koil) a quick pulling back.
elastic recoil the ability of a stretched object or organ, such as the bladder, to return to its resting position. mechanism, making the Ultimax not just a manageable full-automatic weapon, but a machine gun that can be aimed.
From Singapore, Sullivan continued to move West, to Italy's Beretta be·ret·ta or ber·ret·ta
Variants of biretta. , where he worked on that company's assault rifle program. Although not adopted, he did complete the design for a 5.56mm assault rifle. Returning to the United States, Sullivan went to Sturm, Ruger & Company, in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). , to work on the design of the Mini 14 rifle, which is still in service today with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Noun 1. Immigration and Naturalization Service - an agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States
INS , as well as numerous police departments and paramilitary forces around the world.
In addition to the Chinn Award, the executive committee decided to recognize the often-overlooked sniper community. As the military's missions have changed in recent years, the committee has recognized that the precision shooter is an essential element of the equation, whether the assignment is peacekeeping, peacemaking Peacemaking
See also Antimilitarism.
Coriolanus’s witty friend; reasons with rioting mob. [Br. Lit.: Coriolanus]
percipiently urges peace with Greeks. [Gk. Lit. or full combat. To recognize the sniper as a full and accepted part of that equation, the small arms section instituted an award for the sniper community, naming it after one of the nation's most successful snipers of the Vietnam era, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock.
The Hathcock award this year was given to William "Bart" Bartholomew, who retired from Maryland's Baltimore County Police Department The Baltimore County Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for Baltimore County, Maryland. They have been accredited by CALEA since 1984. The current acting Chief is Colonel James Johnson. . A Marine sniper for four years, Officer Bartholomew joined the police force in the 1970s. After several years on the force, he joined the Baltimore County Tactical Unit and is credited with establishing that force's counter-sniper program. He established the Baltimore Country Counter-Sniper School, one of only nine in the United States, modeled after the Marine Corps Sniper School, in Quantico, Va. Under his guidance, the curriculum teaches students that a sniper is not just a precision shooter. Instead, this job encompasses a much wider range of skills and abilities.
To help promote sniper skills within that select community, Bartholomew worked with staff at Heckler heck·le
tr.v. heck·led, heck·ling, heck·les
1. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
2. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel. & Koch USA, of Sterling, Va., to establish a counter-sniper competition, which has become an annual, highly competitive event, attracting military and law enforcement sniper teams from across the United States and around the world.
Virginia Hart Ezell is president of the Institute for Research on Small Arms in International Security and a reserve lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps.