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By Mike Detty
Eugene Stoner’s extensive knowledge of alloys made the modern battle rifle possible. The former WWII Marine knew that only key components of the rifle needed to be made from hardened steel. Parts like the barrel and bolt required tough steel that would hold up to the pressure of cartridges like the 7.62mm NATO. But other parts, like the receiver that held the magazine and trigger group, could be made of lightweight aluminum alloy.
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Source:: Tactical Life
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