National Defense: A Horse Laugh for Gus

A cheerful and therefore welcome note in U.S. armament production appeared in the news last week. In Hamden, Conn, a new factory for making .50-caliber aircraft machine guns had been built, tooled, pushed into production within six months after a contract was let.

Worker of this miracle was a little outfit named the High Standard Manufacturing Co. And the spark plug of High Standard was blue-eyed, gun-wise Carl Gustave ("Gus") Swebilius, who was born in Sweden 61 years ago, moved to the U.S. when he was 16, has been inventing and making guns ever since. Gus Swebilius worked with famed Inventor...

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