Triggers: Weapons that Changed the World (6 x 60′) – Former Army Ranger and Air Force Pararescueman Wil Willis takes a look at the history of modern warfare. Combining history, science, technology and revealing demonstrations, this cutting-edge series examines the evolution of firearms and how the development of each one changed the face of combat forever. With access to the top firearms collections in the world, Willis takes viewers on an all-inclusive look into each weapon as he thoroughly examines, tests, critiques and fires each one. From the early days of gun duals to the high-tech weapons on the modern battlefield, this six-part series leaves no man-made trigger unfired.
In each episode, Willis is joined by historical and technical experts to test a series of iconic firearms and examine what made each one unique from competitors in its class. Gun-mounted cameras and high-speed photography capture every moment of the bullet’s trajectory, featuring its explosive escape from the barrel to the powerful force the impact makes on its target. Each weapon has an antecedent that sparked its development, as well as a successor that improved upon its technology-or was developed in response to its supremacy. Each was developed for one reason: to gain a competitive edge over the enemy, and the winner was the biggest, best or fastest weapon.
In the premiere episode, Willis examines handguns and focuses on the most influential gun of the 20th Century: the COLT M1911 – the .45 caliber semi-automatic sidearm that was the standard issue for the military for nearly 75 years. In a series of revealing demonstrations, Willis examines why this weapon has gained a worldwide reputation as the ultimate stopper. Subsequent episodes explore battle rifles from the musket to the modern day sniper rifle, submachine guns, artillery, and even the AK-47, a Cold War creation also known as the single most deadly firearm in history. The series also looks at the Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), known as the AK-47 of rockets. This episode traces hand-fired rockets from their origin centuries ago as ancient Chinese projectiles to the new kid on the block, the Swedish-made AT-4.
Channel: Military Channel
Producer: MorningStar Entertainment
TX: 30th November 2011
Source: Discovery Networks Press Office