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Crafted Arms Trade

 
 

Prior to industrialisation and firearms, weapons and arms were the domain of the blacksmith, bladesmith ande bowyer.

It was often a master-craftsman that produced the best weapons for individuals, patron's or or even the ruler of a realm. The individual would acquire what he/she could afford.

The patron tended to buy his for the use in either his household or for his private army. For a ruler they normally meant being added to his/her own arsenal and equipped his own army. Horses and non-firearm siege-equipment being ancillary's to both ancient up to renaissance warfare.

Once the age of gunpowder got underway (1500s onwards) gunsmithing became more prominent and this soon took over from crossbows and longbows. The latter two weapons were still made though but typically not for warfare and more for personal ownership. Cannon and artillery development was a major trend towards the state-control of a nation's arsenal.

Broadly speaking this is how it was from pre-history up to about the late 1800s when large-scale machine-tools took it to a different level.

 
   
 

The Military Industrial Complex

The crafted arm's pinnacle as a cottage industry in city's was soon eclipsed in Europe by large-scale industrialization with steam-power, mass-manufacture and machine-tools giving greater precision.

By the late 1800s small-arms and large-bore artillery pieces and were much more accurate with finer, narrower tolerances becoming the norm.
By the 1900s and onward to the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s the Military Industrial Complex saw fruition.
Branching out to encompass combat aircraft, warship design, tanks and beyond.

An ongoing 'arms-race' in combat weaponry that advanced the capability of infantrymen profoundly with warfare and conflict being the perfect catalyst. A departing US president would make warnings on the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), cautioning it's growth and expansion.
Helicopters became an important and very visual reminder that the MIC will 'spin' off certain products for the civilian market.
The MIC undoubtedly benefits the producers and workers who generally enjoy high-wages and secure jobs. Yet the death and destruction the MIC indirectly heralds, plus the power it can wield over realpolitik risks it becoming a 'rogue-force-of-economy' or even worse.
It's subtle expansion to law-enforcement and paramilitary's is also a cause for concern.
Nevertheless the effect it has had on world history is undeniable.
Listed below are comprehensive files on the march of the MIC.

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  Air-Launched Weapons Counter-Insurgency Weapons Rocket Artillery Weapons  
  Aircraft Carriers Drug War Weapons Russian WW2 Weapons  
  Amphibious Assault Craft Falkland War Weapons SAMs  
  Anti-Aircraft Guns Fast Attack Boats Self Propelled Guns  
  Anti-Tank Guns Foreign Legion Weapons SF Weapons - Vietnam War  
  Assault Rifles Gulf War Weapons SMGs  
  Attack Aircraft Gunships Sniper Weapons  
  Attack Helicopter Interceptor Aircraft Special Ops Rescue  
  Attack Submarines Internal Security Weapons Spyplanes  
  Ballistic Missile Submarines Light Aircraft Carriers Strike Aircraft  
  Battleships Light-Machine Guns Jet Fighters  
  Big Bombers Machine Guns Weapons in the Terror War  
  Bush War Weapons Main Battle Tanks Transport Aircraft  
  Carrier Air Wing Mechanized Warfare Vietnam Era Attack Aircraft  
  Combat Engineering Mercenary Guns World War 2 Weapons - Germany  
  Combat Handguns Naval Fighters X Planes  
  Combat Revolvers Recce Vehicles    
  Commando Weapons      

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