Derrick and I were military team armorers
and competitors in addition to serving in combat.
Enter the "armorer
's plate," and the impressive products of Mark Jenkinson and his company, Present Arms Inc.
Despite their decades of service, the Waters Factory, along with the other private armorers
, suddenly lost its government contract in 1845 when the Army's chief of ordnance secretly diverted funds to a Virginia cannon ball factory in which he had a stake.
One of the armorers
whom I believed to be one of my more trustworthy Marines had decided to function check his weapon with some dummy rounds I had stored in the safe.
The cost of a firearm system poses a disadvantage--a department has to purchase parts for more than one model and ensure its armorers
can repair and maintain them as well.
What did the armorer
do to adjust for these functions?
He knows of only a handful of armorers
in the Lower 48 and considers the work of many of them to be inferior to his and Belden's.
From my point of view, being an armorer
is one of the best jobs in the military.
One trick passed on from an Army armorer
involves using sound to check the slide, using a brass rod to tap the slide.
cut the rim off and turned it into a rimless case called the .38 AMU.
When the factory can't identify their armorers
you better hope you never need real support.
Between 1918 and 1945, Hollywood armorers
had a very difficult time in acquiring E08 Lugers to fill the onscreen hands of various "bad guys" in German uniforms.