"X Weapons" at Arsenal Museum

"X Weapons" at Arsenal Museum

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum has thousands of weapons in its collection, many are familiar sights from history books. But along one wall is a special section of weapons that look like something out of a sci-fi film.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum has thousands of weapons in its collection, many are familiar sights from history books. But along one wall is a special section of weapons that look like something out of a sci-fi film.

They are X Weapons, which were designed and their prototypes manufactured, but these guns were never used in battle.

While the gun packed a punch, it came with a few problems. among them, the fact that it weighed 12 pounds.

William Johnson, the museum curator, says, "It was somebody's idea to, so to speak, enhance our battle capabilities, and unfortunately, it didn't work out. But you can just imagine, what if they had worked out?"

A question asked by a lab right here at the Rock Island Arsenal.
 
Johnson says, "Rodman Lab, which was an agency here at Rock Island, came up with some concept weapons. Their job was to do small arms development."

So next time you see guns like this in the movies, remember their real life counterparts: the X Weapons at the Rock Island Arsenal.

Johnson says, "I am sure you do see a lot of this in science fiction and of course the movies, that's not real, that's make believe. These aren't make believe.  These are for real.  These did work."

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