Back in March, I wrote a post on caliber configuration, or the effort to create and standardize effective and economical ammunition for infantry small arms. As mentioned in the post itself, it was written as a more in-depth companion article for a podcast recorded by Ryan Michad for a Gun Guy Radio segment at the Firearms Radio Network, which hadn’t been released at the time. Well, the show has now gone live for your hearing pleasure, so you can listen to me ramble on about military ammunition to your heart’s content!
In the podcast, Ryan and I discuss briefly the history of 7.62mm and 5.56mm NATO, history of 5.45x39mm Soviet, and 5.8x42mm Chinese, the state of military ammunition configuration worldwide, and some new concepts and technologies that may be applied to the next generation of military ammunition. Finally, we also dive into the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies project and other lightweight cased ammunition concepts, as well as smaller PDW rounds!
For other radio shows I have done with Ryan, you can follow the links here to other gun discussions about the MP.44 Sturmgewehr, machine pistols, early American selfloading rifles, the story of Colt, and a roundtable discussion on dream rifles with TJ and Weerd Beard.
Go forth and check it out!