National Affairs: New Tools

At the Aberdeen Proving Ground last week, the Army proudly showed President Harry Truman its newest fighting tools—some so new that details are still secret. Most impressive of the new weapons:

Rifle: the lightweight, .30-cal. T25 with a tremendous (750 rounds-a-minute) rate of fire. Two and a half pounds lighter than the standard infantryman's Garand, the T25 uses a 20-round clip, can be fired automatically or singleshot. Its purpose: to replace not only the carbine and rifle, but also the submachine gun and possibly, when it gets a better barrel, the reliable but heavy...

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