When discussing military cartridges from all across the globe, how many times do we find ourselves asking, [i]“How did they arrive at that particular size or shape?” [/i]My military mind has always told me the answer is, “They didn’t ‘arrive’ at anything. That’s the way it turned out.” Or, “Why doesn’t that modification show up in the official documents?” My answer is, “Why would it? It was waste of time and didn’t make it past the first test.”
Well yesterday, while reading an obscure FA R&D document on the development of the 7.62MM NATO Blank cartridge, I came across this. It confirms my suspicions and tells me we are wasting our time looking for non-existant answers to some of our questions.
Inasmuch as the work done in connection with this Test Program is actually a simultaneous development of a suitable NATO type blank cartridge and . . . weapon. . . the procedures and sequences of testing were necessarily of an exploratory nature characterized by “cut and try”. As is usually the case when pursuing such a course, many of the costs and motions are non-productive of anything either physical or informational which is significant to the furtherance of the objective. Most, if not all of this non-productive horsework will be omitted from this report as being irrelevant. All items considered to be in any respect significant however will be reported.