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A mean looking MAC-10 sits on some camouflage netting.

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  • The MAC-10 was the U.S. answer to the UZI.

  • The MAC-10 spits out over 900 bullets per minute, which is a big step up from its predecessor, the UZI, which fires 600.

  • The MAC-10 became a staple of Hollywood movies, used, for example, by Bruce Willis to shoot John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

  • The MAC-10 is also small enough to conceal.

  • Some U.S. special units used the MAC-10 in dangerous missions and surprise raids in the 1970s.

  • There are marks on recovered shipwreck bars that will indicate the ship that it comes from and the year it was recovered, as well as the fineness of the silver.

  • The Atocha is one of the most famous Spanish treasure galleons that has ever been discovered.

  • The Atocha was a huge treasure-carrying Spanish galleon that was sunk by a hurricane in 1622 and recovered in 1985 off the coast of Florida.

  • There were forty tons of silver and gold on board when the Atocha sank.

  • The Atocha' s cargo included over 900 silver bars.

  • The Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle was a British gun which became a highly prized firearm during the American Civil War.

  • With roughly 900,000 of them imported and used by both the North and the South, the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle was one of the most used guns in the Civil War.

  • Many Pattern 1853 Enfield rifles were actually produced specifically for Civil War soldiers.

  • The fact that the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle had a percussion cap meant that it could function even in the rain.

  • At the same time, the fact that the Pattern 1853 Enfield's bore was rifled gave the shooter much more accuracy.

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