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The bottle openers are made by hand in the USA by Bullets 2 bandages an organization that donates up to 30% of their profits to helping wounded soldiers and their families via the Travis Manion Foundation.
Most of the bullets used have been recovered from firing ranges and testing facilities and given a new jacketed bullet, so none of the bullets were used in combat.
The bottle openers are not considered to be ammunition since they are completely deactivated, so shipping them overseas should not be a problem.
You can check out more stuff from Bullets 2 bandages here
Monday we posted a name that gun (Which Gunmart reblogged to his readers also. Thank you)
The Gepard M1 is a long range anti-materiel rifle.
Weight: 17.5 kg / 38.6 lbs.
Length: 1,570 mm / 61.8”
Barrel length: 1,100 mm / 43.3”
Action: Single shot
Caliber: 12.7×108, .50BMG
Effective range: 2000+ Meters
This weapon was designed in the late 1980s and was first used in service in 1990 by Hungarian army for destroying armored targets using heavy AP (armor piercing) rounds.
The weapon loads by turning the pistol grip up allowing for the operator to load a single round into the breech (The grip does not need to be fully removed to reload). The reason behind the single shot action was to reduce the number of moving parts to allow for extreme precision marksmanship.
Due to the heavy weight that the M1 has, the Hungarian snipers were instructed to leave the weapon if they had to retreat quickly and to only save the grip assembly rendering the gun useless.
“Due to the considerable size and weight of anti-materiel rifles and other support equipment, sniper cells operating in 2- or 3-man or larger teams become a necessity. The recoil produced by the employed cartridges dictates that these rifles are designed to be fired from the prone position. Bipods and monopods and muzzle brakes are used as accessories to employ these rifles as comfortably and accurately as possible. Firing several 12.7x99mm NATO, 12.7x108mm Russian, or larger calibers from the (unsupported) standing position or in a kneeling position would be very uncomfortable for the operator.”
Design considerations were:
”1. The 12.7x107mm cartridges muzzle energy is about 5 times more than the 7.62mm’s. The shooter cannot handle this without a muzzle compensator.
2. To efficiently use the cartridge’s energy, the barrel needs to be at least 1100mm long. (Muzzle velocity 850m/s). A conventional buttstock would increase the length to 1600mm [63″], too long for efficient battle handling. The rifle needs to be redesigned in ‘bull-pup’ style and/or collapsible stock or carried disassembled with quick field assembly possibility.
3. The rifle is too heavy to use without a bipod or tripod.
4. During firing while the bullet travels in the barrel the rifle moves backwards about 6-8mm. If this movement not purely axial, the accuracy will suffer. The rifle’s muzzle end has a tendency to jump up when the bullet leaves the barrel. If the muzzle jumps within the gas-reaction-zone, (200mm in front of the barrel for this caliber), the accuracy will suffer.
Overall the rifle’s recoil must not be larger than the Dragunov SVD Sniper’s, the accuracy and effective distance must be significantly better than the SVD’s, the rifle length must be less than 1500mm [59″] and lighter than 16kg. Two different design are necessary, one for the single shot version, the other for the semi-automatic rifle.
The following energy-amortization was considered in the design: The barrel is allowed to slide axially back 100mm against a spring force. This increases accuracy over fixed barrels and decreases gun recoil. A spring-loaded buttstock located in-line with the barrel also decreases the recoil. A muzzle break can be designed and installed to compensate for the remaining recoil.”
(MANOWAR’S Hungarian weapons and history)
[Special thanks to Rifle Scope Guy for correctly answering.]
- Up to 50% lighter than its brass counterparts
- Creates a better chamber seal
- Possibly less damage if the case should ever fail
- 5.56NATO, 6.8 SPC, 7.62NATO, .338 Lapua and the .50BMG
I have sent them an email asking a few questions about ballistics but I have yet to hear back from them. The product line should be on the market at some point 2011.
- Caliber: 50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG)
- Type: Single Shot Handgun
- Action: Scissor breach(swing-down breech)/separate cocking lever/separate case ejector
- Empty Weight: 12lbs
- Barrel Length:13.2″
- Overall Length: 16.9″
- Trigger pull: 1 to 12 lbs. – Factory set to specifications
Here is a pistol straight out of the “why-in-the-world” file
I was sent a picture of this gun a about a month ago asking me if knew the thought process behind the need to have a .50 BMG pistol. So far the only reason I can see to have one is just to WOW everyone down at the range and have the biggest baddest pistol on the block.
This pistol has a high efficiency muzzle brake and “Nitrogen recoil controller” (a shock absorber) so when firing this gun you don’t rip your arm off trying to contain the recoil of the .50 BMG.
This gun never made it out of the prototype stage which is why I am not endorsing, prescribing or suggesting this pistol as your new CCW (concealed carry weapon). The cons I can see to this as your new carry weapon would be the reload time. The ammo is so big and expensive you would only want to carry maybe 5 extra rounds with you… however if you ever needed to pull out this gun you wouldn’t ever have to shoot anything for the sheer fact one look at the size of the gun and the threat it is going to run away as far as it can with it/their tail firmly lodged for a good long time.
This pistol was introduced at the 2004 shot show by Triple Action, LLC.
I posted Wednesday asking what this gun was while I was linking to internet movie firearms database where I found this gun under Tremors 2.
I didn’t have any plan to talk much about this gun so I pulled the specs and here they are.
- .50 caliber BMG
- Match grade or field grade chamber
- Single shot
- Bolt action
- Breech loading
- Bull pup design
- All steel construction
- 30.4 pounds total weight
- 45.5 inches overall length
- 36 inch x 1.5 inch barrel
- Rifling – 1 turn in 15 inches, right hand twist
- Thumb safety & bolt stop safety
Over the past 20 years the .50 BMG has been becoming more and more used in semi auto and bolt action rifles along side its brother the machine gun because of its ballistic capabilities.
As the years go on I believe we are going to see more and more .50 BMG and larger long range ammunition (.416 Barrett, .408 Cheytac, .338 Lupua and .300 WIN Mag) being made along side the .308 Win because the ballistic capabilities of these rounds are increasing and giving the shooter a cleaner more reliable and accurate long range shot time and again.
Have you ever asked what gun they are shooting in a movie?
I found this site a few years back and have been using it ever since. It tells you what guns they use in TV shows, movies and video games
Name this rifle (hint: it is a .50 BMG)