Test Firing Goryunov SG43 after Battle of Long Tan

Checking out a capture VC Machine gun – circa 1966.


2/7758 Warrant Officer 2 John William ‘Jack’ Kirby, Company Sergeant Major (CSM) D Company, 6th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) of Windsor, Brisbane, Qld, (left), and Major Harry Smith of Ashgrove, Brisbane, Qld, Officer Commanding D Company 6RAR, test firing the Goryunov SG43 7.62 x 54mmR Soviet made Chinese communist heavy machine gun captured at the battle of Long Tan.

Smith and Kirby distinguished themselves at the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. Smith was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and Kirby the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). On 6 February 1967, whilst participating in Operation Tamborine, Kirby was fatally wounded by artillery fire from the 161st Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA), when 12 105mm rounds accidentally fell on and around the D Coy Headquarters. This friendly fire incident killed four Australians (including Kirby) and wounded 13 others.

She Kicks Like a Mule!

The guys from Knight Rifles “Americas Muzzleloader” head out to the range with Dave Fricke of Millennium Manufacturing to shoot the largest center fire rifle ever made.


Only 12 people have ever shot the .950 JDJ as a rifle.  This is a phenomenal rifle, the calibre is just astounding.



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Weapons-Maker Drops a Bomb

From Evernote:


Clipped from: http://www.brisbanebusinessnews.com.au/article3433/WEAPONS-MAKER%20DROPS%20A%20BOMB.html

ASX-LISTED Metal Storm (MST) today entered voluntary administration with debts exceeding $11.9 million.

The decision came less than a fortnight after the Darra firearm-maker secured an equivalent $1.43 million engineering-services contract with military-defence contractor Colt Canada.

Adam Shepard and Adam Farnsworth, of Dean-Willcocks Shepard Recovery and Strategy (DWSRS), have been appointed as administrators.

MST had negotiated an inter-conditional umbrella deed with Australian Special Opportunity Fund (ASOF) and Luxinvest Capital Advisors (LCA) that was hoped to eliminate debt and provide $2.95 million in working capital.

However, ASOF cancelled the deed claiming LCA did not fulfil its end of a related subscription agreement.

In the absence of the deed and an alternative suitor, MST expressed doubt over its chances of finding the necessary sources of funding to continue operating. However, the company reveals DWSRS is looking to reach a positive outcome.

“The administrators are now in control of MST and will work with all stakeholders including employees, note holders, other creditors and shareholders in an attempt to restructure the company or sell it as going concern,” says the company in a written statement.

MST shares last traded at 0.1 cents per unit.