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Shooting Blanks
Jun 6, 2007

Real bullets mess up how cool this thing looks.

-Blade




Fearless posted:

Firearms and artillery really drove the whole parts interchangeability practice forward didn't it? Kinda neat to think that the assembly lines that belch out cars would largely be impossible without the move to standardization that began in weapons production.

Interchangeable parts were a huge thing for gun manufacturers, combined with early mechanization of labor. Springfield Armory in Massachusetts has a pretty great showcase of various machines used in firearms production, showcasing the overhead belt drive used to run everything.

I can't find any photos, including my own, but there's some video of a few of the machines here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIfyzai6Uzk#t=1787s

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