Chinn struggled with his weight in the military but found plenty of success with the engineering of military weapons, earning renown and respect. As a well-known expert, he was often in and around Washington, DC, to work, though at the end of World War II he examined weapons in the Pacific theater. He helped enhance the Browning .50 caliber machine gun, though his most notable achievement is his role as coauthor of The Machine Gun, a four-volume set written mostly in the 1950s that details in incredible length the history of the machine gun and other military weapons; the work was classified, though used by the U.S. military as top reference material. Chinn also did weapons work in the Korean War, including work on the M-19 grenade launcher. The chapter discusses other successes in Chinn’s weapons consulting, including his work on planes. Remarkably, he was self-taught.
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