Operating Systems 101: Short-Recoil

Two basic mechanisms dominate the field of handguns today: The aforementioned straight blowback system, and short-recoil operation. The latter of two is a mechanism as clever as it is old; the first short-recoil weapons date back to the latter half of the 19th Century! Short-recoil harnesses the same principle of inertia as does straight blowback, but […]

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