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NG-1: US Army Pistols, Rifles, Carbines, Submachine Guns, and Machine Guns

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Have an army list or other resource with a weapon you've never heard of?  Did they make it up or did it actually exist?  

Are you looking for new inspiration for a wargame campaign or roleplaying scenario?  Maybe a weapon or system you never knew existed?

Ever wondered why the M16 rifle is designated the M16 rifle?  Are there or were there fifteen other rifles before it?

These Nomenclature Guides can readily help provide the relevant information and might even answer some of those question.  Each guide includes an introduction to the guides, an introduction to the nomenclature system to help in reading the guide, and a detailed list of relevant nomenclatures.  In late 2004 and early 2005 I began collecting and compiling military nomenclature for my own personal use. As a wargamer and military history enthusiast I had found it easy to get lost in the slew of terms and alpha-numeric designations. Military nomenclature quickly became a hobby in of itself for me. What is presented in these guides is the product of years of continued searching for information and refinement in the presentation. The guides, however, are incomplete. A constant work in progress, in part because new systems are always coming into service, they also no doubt contain errors. Disputed and conflicting information is noted as such. A complete list of references would be massive, but the information is largely taken from official government documents.

Nomenclature Guide - 1 (NG-1) covers US Army pistols, rifles, carbines, submachine guns, and machine guns introduced from the 1930s onward.  It does not include "T" nomenclature used during this period and does not include nomenclature for systems already in service.  Known commercial nomenclature is also not included.

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