Silver Shadow to Unveil New Double Barreled Assault Rifle

Israeli Defense is reporting that Silver Shadow, an Israeli arms manufacturer, is on the verge of announcing a new double barreled assault rifle. Seeing as their existing line of firearms is based around the AR-15 platform (and going by the picture here) it looks to be some mutated form of AR-15. According to ID the company will release the full details in June in Paris, but until then all we can do is speculate. Needless to say this probably will fit under the ATF’s definition of a machine gun.

[h/t Jesse]

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  1. avatar CarlosT says:

    Have the scheduled another press conference yet where they’ll reveal the point of such a weapon?

    1. avatar pastubbs says:

      The points is somebody made a double barreled 1911 and they don’t want to be out done.

  2. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    Yet another fine example of “Because We Can” engineering.

    1. avatar counihan says:

      As an engineer I can confirm that “because we can” is our favorite type of engineering.

  3. avatar Matt Gregg says:

    Might be a good companion to that double barreled 1911. Thats the only good thing I can think of to say about this.

  4. avatar Aharon says:

    I want nothing less than a triple barrel in .50 caliber.

    1. avatar bob says:

      In what; bewoulf, AE, BMG, or S&W mag.?

      1. avatar Mike in NC says:

        One of each caliber! (when bob had only three listed…)

        Now the concept has to go back to Aharon for a revision.

        1. avatar Aharon says:

          You guys are already way over my head in discussing .50 caliber. They only time that I ever fired a .50 caliber anything was in Army Infantry School.

  5. avatar Mike in NC says:

    Wonder if someone misread the design specs and came up with a 6.5 kilogram AR instead of the 6.5 pounds as intended.

    At least it looks like they didn’t increase the number of handguard rails by having one top and bottom for each barrel.

  6. avatar Frank says:

    Seems to me kind of useless and a wast of ammo. Why have 2 barrels shooting the same round when 1 will do? Also kind of hard to use any kind “modern” sighting system. Or did I miss the point?

  7. avatar Aharon says:

    I suspect that a fully-loaded 7.62/308 double-barrel would be too damn heavy and cumbersome for any real action or weekend warrior play. Probably it is an AR platform and even such will imo still be too heavy for real use. This new gun along with the fully automatic shotgun and double-barrel 1911 will make for one amusing film or video game.

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      Why have 3-gun comptetition when you can have 6-gun competition 🙂

  8. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    A 2-barreled .223? Might be fun, but even a 2-barreled .22 long rifle is ridiculous. Ridiculous and silly fun, but still completely useless.

  9. avatar Buuurr says:

    Love it. I hope they get the timing right so the ballistics are not offset.

  10. avatar Tom says:

    Gee, I thought the Villar Perosa submachinegun was around in 1914 as a double barrel weapon. I think the Italians discovered it rather impractical and Beretta made a single barrel spin off of it in 1918. I also think a Villar Perosa single barrel was made, but the stock left a lot to be desired.
    Think about it.
    What was in vogue in 1914, is now the hot item in 2012.

  11. avatar Alan Rose says:

    They need to buy the name “Double Tap.”

  12. avatar revjen45 says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!! I am nonplussed at the absurdity of such a contraption. The only reason I can think of for anything so moronic and impractical is that it must have been designed specifically for use in action movies and licensed for video games.

  13. avatar brigo05 says:

    come on, someone had to simplify Red Jacket’s triple M4 nightmare and make it…uhhhhhh….practical? is that the word im looking for? No, cant be…

  14. avatar Larry Mitchell says:

    Er…..This I gotta see. No “gotcha” for me.

  15. avatar Dee Dee Mao says:

    The double barrel 1911 is very likely a hoax. I for one don’t see how the barrel bushings could be removed on such a design unless there were more clearance between them. To me it just looks like creative digital animation and all there is is the one youtube vid and a couple of pictures and after two years there’s been no further reports of an actual functioning firearm.

    As far as the rifle, it remains to be seen if they can actually double the firepower without doubling the weight, particularly the weight of twice the amount of ammo unless they want to go to a smaller and less effective cartridge.

    Twin barrels work fine for weapons that are belt fed and crew-served but not so much so for the basic individual infantry rifle, but maybe that’s not what they have in mind, and possibly instead something like a BAR carried by a designated squad member.

  16. avatar Robert says:

    I wouldn’t quite say that I would call this the “Second kind of cool”, however for some reason I can’t quite explain I find myself intrigued by these two rifles. Especially the double barrel rig. The only thing that would matter to me is the weight and reliability of the double barrel rifle. Properly outfitted I think it would most likely tip the scales at around 14 or 15 pounds with full mags. It would probably have a unique recoil impulse too. The ultimate CQB if you could manage the weight.

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