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M5
Richardson Industries M5
Country of origin

USA

Manufacturer(s)

Richardson Industries

Designer(s)

Iliff D. Richardson

Year(s) designed

1946

Production began

1946

Production ended

1947

Weapon type

Shotgun

Caliber

12 gauge

Action

Slam-fire

Barrel length

24 inches (61 cm)

Weight

5 pounds (2.26 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

1 round

Cyclic rate

Variable


The Richardson Industries M5 (more commonly known as the Richardson Philippine Guerilla Gun) is a very simple shotgun.

HistoryEdit

Iliff D. Richardson opened his own manufacturing corporation, Richardson Industries in 1946 to manufacture this gun. It was very cheap and cost $7 in 1942 (about $80 in today's money with inflation).

Design DetailsEdit

The M5 was basically just a hunk of wood with a barrel on it. The gun lacked a trigger, hammer, extractor, safety, magazine, choke tubes, iron sights, or rifling. The wood used to make the stock felt like a mid-grade 2x4 piece of wood. The barrel was basically a smoothbore steel tube, while the trigger was nothing much more than a slightly larger guide tube with a fixed "firing pin" in the rear. To load the gun, the barrel was pulled out, and a 12 gauge shell was loaded into it. The barrel would then be put back in the receiver. Firing the weapon requires the user to slam the barrel rearward fairly hard; the fixed firing pin hits the primer and fires the gun.

VariantsEdit

There were 2 variants of the gun: a basic version and a deluxe version.

Basic

This was the standard version of the M5. It lacked a trigger or handguard and cost about $7. As the gun lacked a conventional safety, the gun used a wingnut to restrict barrel movement. This model had only five parts.

Deluxe

This was a better built model of the M5. The Deluxe version had a trigger, trigger guard and foregrip, but the trigger was not exactly used to fire the weapon; it was actually a lever. Pulling the "trigger" releases a locking wedge in the barrel, allowing barrel movement. This model had seventeen parts.

ReferencesEdit

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