Rube Goldberg, meet Vaquero. Vaquero, meet Rube Goldberg.
My money’s on neither.
I’m stunned that a shooting range would permit this kind of stupidity on their premises. I’m not talking about civil liability, I’m talking about recklessly endangering the other shooters at that range.
This contraption works by blasting hot gasses directly rearward, and that hot case would go right into his eye if he aimed down the sights. This tinkerer can play J.M Browning if he wants to, but he ought to do it out in the desert where he can blow himself up without injuring other people. I doubt the other shooters volunteered to be part of his experiment.
Ok, so it’s kinda steampunk, and somewhat cool,
but what is the point ?
I mean, you could remove the loading gate, and cobble together
a gas powered loading system, I suppose….
or just buy a 1911 in .38 super.
I love his ingenuity, but as others have mentioned an occupied indoor range isn’t the most responsible place to test it. (Maybe he’s done extensive tests already in a safer environment?)
Heck, I’m not even going to take my new SGWorks bullpupped SKS to the range until I test it on some private ground first and make sure that the thing isn’t going to fall apart in my hands.
I’m with Chris on this one. This fools lucky he didn’t lose an eye or injure someone near him. This is one of stupidest things I’ve ever seen and the range officer that allowed this should be fired.
I was wondering where I left my cigar carry tube..
It’s the wrist net he ware’s to catch the brass… I can’t get past that…
how did he get into the range with this thing? remind me to stay far far away from where ever that is.
Ah, to have an excess of time and money…
Ummm…guys? I started out with mild 38s and worked my way up. I also wore eye protection, but it’s really not spraying much gas backwards even with full-house 357 loads. I’m not feeling anything when shooting at full extension, barely detectable from a high center axis relock hold – and yeah, I’ve tested that.
I’ve made improvements to the gas tube layout already:
More changes are coming, including a hammer-mounted brass deflector and setting back the front sight and cutting real barrel threads so I can do a proper screw-on cap on the end. Once that’s running the big change is to do a new hole just left of the hammer and use spring-loaded magazine tubes to cram new rounds in just right of the hammer, then fire ’em one position to the right, then eject on the next position. Same firing cycle as the 20mm cannon on an F86 Saber, it turns out :). 7rd mag tubes should be easy, so with that plus five in the cylinder I’d have 12rd capacity, and then quick-change mags adding 7 more each.
Believe me, ammo will be CAREFULLY selected for “no way a bullet nose can hit a primer” – either flat-face rounds or very wide hollowpoints.
Finally, the reason the sights are covered with leather or blacked out in pics is because I don’t own the design for the sight. It’s a cousin of the Goshen Enterprises Hexsite, an unreleased type that Tim Sheehan at Goshen told me about but hasn’t released yet and let me use under non-disclosure. Like the real Hexsites it’s a target-focus setup instead of front-sight-focus.
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