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Gordon Close Support Weapon System
Country of origin

Australia

Manufacturer(s)

BSP Planning and Design Pty. Ltd.

Designer(s)

Duncan Gordon

Year(s) designed

1970

Production began

1972

Production ended

1972

Weapon type

Modular weapons platform

Caliber

5.56x45mm NATO
7.62x51mm NATO
9x19mm Parabellum
12 Gauge

Action

Various

Overall length

Various

Barrel length

Various

Weight

Various

Weight empty

Various

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine (assault rifle, battle rifle)
Detachable box magazine (combat shotgun)
Belt (belt-fed shotgun)
Dual detachable box magazines (submachine gun)

Cyclic rate

Various

Maximum effective range

Various


The Gordon Close Support Weapon System is an exotic family of firearms of Australian origin.

DevelopmentEdit

This very unusual family of close- to mid-range automatic weapons was proposed in the 1960s by Duncan Gordon. It is assumed that this family of weapons constitute a belt-fed shotgun, automatic shotgun with a box magazine, battle rifle, assault rifle and a double-barreled submachine gun with overhead inserted magazines (à la Villar-Perosa aircraft submachine gun) in a very unusual configuration. Gordon has developed his weapons, based on personal combat experience he gained in Vietnam serving in the forces of SEATO.

Design drawings and the general conception of his ideas involved in the Australian company BSP Planning and Design Pty. Ltd. in Norwood. Work began on the weapon in early 1970, with Peter Chant leading the team of engineers behind the weapon. The system was developed by 1972, and drawings were submitted by accomplished engineer Dale Evans. This system was a weapon with a quick-barrel change, while the overall configuration had a mixture of ideas from the British EM-2, as well as World War II-era platforms such as the German FG 42 and the American Johnson light machine gun, with every weapon configured to be able to 7.62 NATO, 5.56 NATO, 9mm Parabellum and 12 gauge rounds with modifications.

VariantsEdit

  • Combat shotgun - Variant fed from a side-mounted box magazine.
  • Belt-fed shotgun - Self-explanatory.
  • Assault rifle - Variant fed from a side-mounted 30-round magazine.
  • Battle rifle - Variant equipped with a heavy barrel, bipod, and fed from a side-mounted 30-round magazine. This variant can be used as a light machine gun if required.
  • Submachine gun - Variant with two barrels, side-mounted grips, top-mounted magazines and a folding stock.



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