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Size matters. There are advantages and disadvantages to guns of every size, shape and description. Ask James Bond; there are [tuxedo-intensive] times when only a .25-caliber mouse gun will do. Ask the pilot of the A10 Warthog; there are times when only a 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon will do. I’m guessing that the largest firearm/gun you’ve ever shot falls somewhere between the two. What was it? Where’d you fire it? Sexual metaphors aside, what did it feel like?

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183 Responses to Question of the Day: What’s the Biggest Gun You’ve Ever Shot?

  1. 90mm, if you will accept a 90mm Recoilless Rifle as a “gun”. Second, the 40mm M-79 Grenade Launcher. Third, the Ma Deuce .50BMG

    • Pretty close to my experiences. LAW rocket, 40mm grenade launchers (M79, M203, and MK19), and the good ol’ M2 .50 BMG.

      • Yup, forgot about the LAW for a minute there; one shot, and they told us $1,500 a pop in Dad’s tax money. Also, yup, the other grenade launchers, esp. the automatic that held ten 40mm rounds in a drum magazine.

        In civvie life over the past forty years, nothing more than the usual assortment of ordinary rifles, shotguns and handguns, nothing extraordinary; Uncle gave me my last education and training in the military’s small arms arsenal.

    • IdahoPete. Add the 81mm mortar and LAW rocket to that. But the most powerfull weapon we had was the radio. With that we call in all sorts of neat sh*t.

      • I was some of the neat s**t, Forward Air Controller in an O-2. I’m thinking rocket launchers don’t count, but since I see the LAW I’ll submit 2.75″ rockets with 8 lbs of explosives/white phosphorus in the nose, fired a LOT of those. Otherwise, a pair of .50s in the nose of a jet during pre-FAC training. Kinda surprised I haven’t seen somebody claiming 8″ howitzer! I also was responsible for the release of bombs up to 2000 lbs and 750 lb cans of napalm, though I had somebody else actually pull the trigger.

      • Dang, I forgot the 81mm. And you are right – the radio called in the really big guns(can you say “B-52 strike”, boys and girls? Or “8-in SP howitzer”?)

  2. 120mm Abrams main gun……..and no, I wasn’t in the military. Long story, but it was freakin’ AWESOME! I would never want to be down range of one of those beasts.

      • Same here. Biggest thing I’ve ever pulled the trigger (Or button, ect.) on was a .40mm probably. I wouldn’t consider a javelin to be a “gun” of any sort.

        Biggest thing I’ve ever caused to be fired: Called for air support against two guys using a mortar that we were afraid might get lucky. They were too far away for anything we had on hand and the air force was busy. Navy answered the call and fired a 16 inch naval cannon. Flight time was somewhere near a minute to impact and nobody really knew what to expect.

        I will never laugh so hard at anything in my life. Absolutely nothing on earth is as funny as seeing the Navy shoot two people from 100 miles away (Guessing on range. I was in a desert, they were in the wet stuff we avoided.) and simply seeing dust where there was once a group of jerks.

        • Hey Forrest,

          Naval fire support…now that’s friggen AWESOME!

          On the old 8″ we always looked up to those big 16″ daddies!

          Redleg

        • I’m gonna go ahead and call bullshit on that one. The range of a 16in rifle on any Iowa class was around 20mi. And if you can’t tell the difference between 100mi and 20mi, you weren’t a service member of any branch I’ve ever heard of.

        • Hey, Quinn; even 8″ guns have varied ranges depending on the weight of the projectile. As I recall from 40 years ago, it was something like 20 miles for 1000 lbs or 50 miles for 200 lbs. I suggest the 16″ naval guns probably have the same possibilities. And IIRC, the HMS Hood was sunk by the Bismarck at around 35 miles, 70 years ago, 20 today is ridiculous.

        • Larry, Hood opened on the Bismarck at 26,000 yards (14 miles) and was closing the range from there til she was hit and blew up.

  3. 120 mm cannon on an M1 at FT Knox. Hard to describe but is was like the concussion knocked the breath out of me. Also shot the 30 mm on an Apache and 25 mm on a Bradley.

    • Spent 4 years as a 19k, there were almost no concussive effects from firing my own 120. Tank right next to you firing on bore sight range was very loud and definitely suck air from inside my turret.

      • I was a 19K also. After a while the blast of your own 120 wasn’t much, but I remember sticking my head out of the loaders hatch at Knox during OSUT and felt the concussion of that first shot. Damn!

  4. 20mm Bushmaster chain gun on a Bradley. The old Vulcan cannon. 60mm recoilless rifle.
    Its Freaking Awesome!! How could you Not like putting 2800rds of 20mm downrange in less than a minute or two??

  5. .50 Caliber BMG, Bullpup configuration. I was sure the scope had hit me in the nose when I fired it, but that was just the concussion of the short-barrel equipped with rear-facing vents. I missed the bowling pin target at 100 yards.

  6. The 40mm was technically the “biggest.” But for all around fun, I loved lighting off a .50 BMG
    round through the Armalite AR-50.

    The pair of 20mm M61A1’s hanging out the side of the AC-130H model had a certain
    crunchiness, but I wish I’d been aboard after the advent of the 105 Howitzer!

    That would have been extra special yummy good!

  7. Does the main gun on the DeathStar count? Fortunately I was on leave during the Yavin Campaign.

    🙂 Really just a little ole .50

  8. Whoever served on a BB and fired the 16″ main guns should win, although a team effort was required. My understanding is that a full broadside from the New Jersey (BB-62) would move the 58,000 ton ship sideways several feet. The New Jersey ’​s main battery consisted of nine 16″/50 caliber Mark 7 guns in three three-gun turrets, which could fire 2,700-pound (1,225 kg) armor-piercing shells some 23 miles (37 km). (Source – Wikipedia).

    • No one was allowed topside anywhere on the ship when those were firing. Before instituting that policy the blast from the muzzle literally knocked sailors out of their shoes and could cause permanent hearing loss even if you were wear ear pro.

      • It also ripped clothing off of bodies. However, even with a full broadside, the ship doesn’t move an inch. 57,000 tons is a lot of mass to absorb the recoil. You also have to account for the fact that the guns had a recoil slide of up to 4 ft.

    • Those things are the best.

      Worst day of my life (Probably actually the best) was calling for air support and having the navy answer and offer to bring one of those around to take care of two guys on an island firing at us.

      The island no longer exists…

      Got back and found out that Alexander the Great had the island built for a bridge to cross the tigress. As a history nerd, I almost cried myself to sleep.

    • Battleships DO NOT move sideways any appreciable amount.

      Read here.

      e ship’s velocity ON ICE with the guns firing at zero degrees elevation would be about 6.3 inches per second rather than the 6 inches per second calculated above. When one considers that any sideways motion of the ship through water is actually resisted by the wall created by the hull of the ship, whose wetted surface is about 860 feet long and 38 feet deep, then it can be easily understood that Dick Landgraff’s comment above, “theoretically, a fraction of a millimeter,” is closer to the truth.

  9. .357 Ruger GP 100 3″ barrel using 180 HSM flat bullets. Very loud, substantial muzzle flip, able to get back on target, recoil was stout but not really “ouch” How did it feel? Like I can’t wait to do it again, it was a ton of fun.

      • I just got a brand new one yesterday. I let my Ruger .357 go to a friend 20 years ago but truth be told, the new one looks cooler than the old and I like that 3″ barrel. Glad I listened to Hickok45 about that one.
        My only complaint is that the finish is a little rough.
        I’m going to take it apart this weekend and do some finish work. Maybe I’ll polish the trigger hammer & sear too.

    • Don’t be sad my man, we’re in the same boat and 8mm Mauser is my all time favorite caliber, for small arms at least.

  10. 155 mm if crew served counts. I did pull the lanyard. Forts Riley, Chaffee, and Stewart and Camp Shelby

    4.2 inch (107mm) mortar. I did all the steps to aim and fire the piece. Fort Beginning.

    .50 M2HB, 40 mm (M203 and Mk19), 60 mm mortar, 81 mm mortar, and 105 mm howitzer too.

    I have been shot at by an 8 inch gun, it missed.

    Shooting stuff is fun.

  11. Uhhh, I guess either a 30-06 or a 12ga 🙁 Anyone want to invite me over to shoot some of these artillery pieces you all seem to have around?

    • Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a field artillery piece, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

  12. A very large caliber Civil War Era replica cap and ball black powder musket… for some reason .7 caliber sticks in my head. It was definitely bigger than .50, I was 13, about 100lbs soaking wet and it just about knocked me off the chair I was sitting in. I think that’s where I picked up my nasty trigger flinch.

      • Brown Bess were .75; the French equivalent were .69, I think. The 1842(?) Springfield smoothbore musket was .68, and the 1861 Sprinfield rifled musket was .58.

        • I stand corrected, and thank you for same. Don’t want my increasingly defective memory leading other folks astray.

          Somewhere I have a modern large-caliber ball that I found on/near a range backstop; I wonder if it is .69, .75, or something else…

  13. I envied a co-worker who had been a missileer up in the north country. Nothing like being in charge of the go pedal on 20 megatons of BANG.

    • Yeah, but he didn’t get to actually shoot it, didn’t he?

      Oh, and my biggest was that Super Redhawk 7 in. barrel in .44mag I had. The pistol scope on it helped soak up the recoil.

      • I have had the rare experience of being in a real Minuteman control facility for a visit/tour, had no interest in ever pulling duty there. OTOH, if we’re going to count nukes, I once had a job where I was part of a crew which could be tasked with firing ALL the Minuteman missiles! Still didn’t shoot any, though. And I don’t think rockets were the question.

        • Actually, they do launch them once in a while as a verification of their viability.

          They don’t launch them from the missile fields tho, I believe they launch ’em from Vandenberg AFB…

    • Nah, the only problem is shooting things which impact over the horizon, shooting where you can see the impact impresses me more. Like the C-130 with the 105mm howitzer stuck out the side, shooting that would be awesome! Oh. But the pilot shoots it. I could have had that job once, in 1980, turned it down. Regretted it, too!

  14. A 12-pounder “Napoleon”. Thats a 120mm/4.6″ smoothbore cannon from the War of Northern Aggression. My dad has always been a big Civil War buff, and we’ve gone to re-enactments since I was a kid. Getting to fire one of those was a hoot. I love the way they ring like a bell after they are fired (it’s made of cast bronze). When a whole line of them opens up at once its amazing.

  15. .577NE
    Not bad really, I’d never do it with a scope.
    You Definately know you’ve pulled the trigger.
    I love big bores!

  16. Magnaported aluminum framed S&W 642 shooting Corbon .38 Special +P+ ammunition.
    Each shot felt like a bomb went off in my hand. Although it was around 20 years ago, I still wind up shaking my hand in the air when I recall the experience.

  17. 1864 3 inch Ordinance Rifle. Insanely accurate, (if your crew is well schooled), for a black powder cannon, and the fun factor is off the scale!

    • This one wins in my book. I’ve been fascinated by Civil War artillery since I was a little kid. I was going to give it to the guy who had fired the M1857 Napoleon, but the 3″ Ordinance Rifle is just so much more awesome.

  18. Rifle .338 win mag, 8 pt buck didn’t like that so much, revolver .44 mag, but my judge kicks harder with .410, shotgun loads, shotgun 10 guage with 3 1/2 magnums, my shoulder didn’t like that much.

    In all honesty the thing that kicked my butt the most was an m44 mosin with factory steel butt pad and a box of winchester white box ammo.

    • Yeah, my M44 kills from both ends. I tried a variety of butt pads but they didn’t help. Now I use a big, fluffy towel, folded over several times, between my shoulder and the butt plate. It mutes the recoil very well and increases the LOP to a more desirable distance. The towel approximates the thickness of the clothing that the Russian soldiers used when they shot the M44 and 91/30 in the dead of winter.

      • Yeah, I was very lucky that I purchased that m44 for $75 in 2002 as my first firearms purchase and traded it a few months ago for a like new mossberg 500 with a bunch of shells.

  19. 81mm mortar, at Army Reserve training, Camp Edwards, MA, in the early 1960s. It was the first shot, and the baseplate hadn’t settled in firmly. The shot went wild and set the adjoining woods on fire, canceling training for that morning. Oh, well.

  20. A 105mm M60 tank, 90mm M48 tank, and a 105mm recoiless rifle mounted on an M151 jeep. The rounds we fired from the recoiless were HE, WP, and Beehive.

  21. The M81E1 152mm cannon/launcher on the M551A1 AR/AAV (that would be the Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle). Since the Sheridan only weighed 16 tons, it would lift three road wheels off the ground when you fired the main gun.

    As far as shoulder fired, .300 Win Mag. From a rechambered Mosin Nagant.

  22. Mine was AT-4 84mm with an HEDP round against an APC shell at Camp Pendleton. Also shot a Mk 19, M203, and M2 while at School of Infantry.

  23. Nothing so large, as so much fun…

    M60 MG “rat patrol” style from the hood of the M151. Made joining the Army completely worth it!

    Go 11B!

    Watched a battery of Vulcan Auto-cannons night fire once. I believe that they were probably 20mm but I wasn’t able to get close enough to take a real look. Just a big long “burp” and then tracers everywhere…

    • Carried the M60 for a long time!! 11B for 15yrs. The Vulcan is freaking sweet!! Actually got to fire one on a joint live fire exercise at Ft. Hood in the mid 90’s!!
      I miss my M60 Pig though!!

  24. Depends.

    .50 BMG felt nice. Good straight pushback. I want one bad after shooting one.
    A Browning M2. Anti-climactic and kind of lame.
    Homemade cannons and howitzers. Never gets old. Don’t know how big they ever are exactly.

  25. 5/54 on USS Trippe FF-1075 (Gunnery Officer) Best job I ever had.
    Ma Deuce, M-60 on full auto, just like Rambo when he came up out of the river. Wicked fun, except for the blood blister on the inside of my arm where the skin got caught between the butt of the stock and the shoulder thingy that goes up.
    M-19 40mm grenade launcher.
    CIWS (R2D2) I loved it but pilots pulling targets got nervous as hell. They didn’t like being anywhere near the thing.
    They all give you a thrill in different ways, and they all leave you with a grin on your face.

  26. It’s official, I’m pathetic. I’ve only ever fired the 20ga sawed-off I used to have, and a friend’s 22lr and 22mag rifles. I have another friend that has an old 20ga 870, a 22lr rifle, a single shot Ruger No.1 in .223, and an LC9. He doesn’t let anyone shoot his guns, though.

  27. On a stupid bet with my cousin a 10 guage sxs with magnum slugs,had to do both triggers for the cash. I don’t remember the noise but I do remember what felt like a dislocated shoulder

  28. 25mm Bushmaster cannon on a Bradley; a Ma Deuce; MK-19; M-203. All entirely too much fun, especially considering I got paid to do it in the Infantry.

  29. M777A1 155mm howitzer. I got the chance to pull tail once as a grunt (SAW gunner), changed my view of the Artillery.

    Nothing quite like sending ~100lbs of death and destruction down range!

    ETA: love the smell of “Wolf P*ssy”.

  30. Crew served – 5″ 54cal Mk45 gun mounts on the USS Yorktown – CG48
    Hand held – 40mm Mk79 Grenade Launcher
    Mounted – 50cal M2

  31. Technically the Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher was the biggest gun I’ve fired, but the Mk 38 25mm chain gun (the shipboard version of the Bushmaster) was way more fun!

  32. Hand-held: Either a .303 British, a 10mm, or a 12ga.
    Vehicle-mounted: 21″ torpedo tube. No warshots though, thankfully.

  33. The old M110 Self-Propelled 8″ (203mm) howitzer until it was phased out for the MLRS. Thereafter I served on M109 155mm howitzers.

    If cannons don’t count then the venerable Ma-Deuce .50 Cal which was mounted on our howitzer and our FAASV.

  34. M109 Howitzer, 155mm shells. 13B Army. You did NOT want to be in front of those muzzles when firing. The concussion knocks the limbs from trees.

  35. .416 Rigby. Kicked like a mule but was much more like a really hard shove because of the slow burning powder. Thank God.

  36. The 8″ M110 howitzer and the 175mm M107 gun. I was a range safety officer on these in the early 70’s and can attest to the hearing loss I have to this day. Most impressive thing I ever participated in was a Time ON Target exercise at Grafenwehr Germany in 1970 fired by every gun in the 210th Artillery group (5 battalions) which literally caused a large hill to vaporize.

  37. I was in the Army as a combat engineer back in the 70’s, and part of that time I was a gunner on a CEV, Combat Engineer Vehicle. It was essentially an M-60 tank, with a boom and a 165 mm gun – the whole tank rocked when I fired it.
    And the 50 cal which was on the tank also – loved that thing.

    Bill

  38. Lived my entire life as a civilian so no serious ordinance really…

    12ga, .50 cal muzzle-loader, .30-06, 7.62x54r are the biggest long guns.

    In a handgun would definitely be a scoped .45-70. What a beast.

  39. One of my dad’s buddies is a machine gun guy. I got to shoot his Browning 1918 air-cooled belt-fed in 7.62 NATO. THAT was a hoot. He cut down a ~12″ diameter pine tree with it in about 10 seconds because the tree was between us and our target and it was easier to shoot it down than to move the gun and tripod. It made me reconsider the difference between cover and concealment when facing a .30 cal machine gun. I pity the poor bastards who find themselves on the wrong end of a Ma Deuce.

  40. The biggest guns I have shot are a Mossberg 300 Win Mag bolt action with a lightweight stock that kicked like a mule, a .50 black powder rifle, and of course a homemade potato gun with a 2.5″ barrel diameter (also known as the self-propelled 64mm spud artillery).

  41. sent a few .50bmg’s out with the rifle shouldered, but honestly i think a 10 gauge felt a hell of a lot bigger. maybe the shotgun was lighter, maybe barret’s rifle is made to absorb more recoil. but that damn 10 gauge was like a horse kicking me.

  42. Bowling ball mortar/cannon
    One 2 L pop cap full of BP, 100 ft up 80 yds out.
    Does being the one who lights the fuse count?

  43. I don’t know Carl, I was on the Special Weapons team for the 8″ (203mm) Howitzer but we never got to actually shoot the Nuke, only train with it so the question is for the win…did you actually get to shoot one at White Sands or Dugway, etc.?

    If so then I think we can proclaim a clear victor, otherwise…

    Still waiting for the guys from the battleships on the 16″ guns to chime in!

    • As far as I know, the only place this warhead was ever tested was at Jackass Flats. I’d tell you more . . . but then I’d have to kill you.

      Shots underground were really big.

      Before my time working with the nukes, other guys in my group let go some whoppers in the Pacific.

      If we’re only talking about civilian guns, then I guess the .458 Win mag in a single shot handgun for unlimited silhouettes would be the big’un for me.

  44. 105mm howitzer, but I suppose that doesn’t count.

    Ma Deuce, mounted on the turret of an M60. Firing it was worth the bruises I got on my ribs from being bounced around while we were on the move.

    Shoulder fired? .50 cal black powder. Handgun? .44 Mag.

    All were lots of fun, and fortunately no one was shooting back at me in any of those situations.

  45. M126 155 mm on an M109. If that doesn’t count as a gun, then an M61 (once). Army. The M61 was very fun and made a neat belching noise if I remember correctly.

  46. Biggest gun I have ever shot is the main gun on an M1-A1 Abrams. Nothing like sending a 120mm depleted uranium penetrator (Sabot) down range 🙂

    Also of course the good ole M2 .50 BMG on the TC’s hatch and the M240 (coaxially mounted in the turret). Sometimes I felt like I could saw a tree in half with that M240 🙂

  47. 25 mm Bushmaster chain gun mounted in M2/M3 BFV/CFV, M203 Grenade launcher, .50 cal. M2. TOW Missile but probably not considered a gun.

  48. In Vietnam, we experimented with all kinds of weapons to the firepower of our UH-1C gunships. We had the normal M60 doorguns, XM-134 miniguns outboard along with the 2.75 inch rockets and the XM-5 “frog” 40 mm grenade launcers on the nose of two ouf our aircraft.

    but, that was never enough. We changed the M60 doorguns to miniguns and experimented with M2 .50s at door guns but they couldn’t put out a high volume of fire and we experimented with making our own cluster bombs (grenades with the pins pulled place inside of mason jars and dropped by the case) and even a 55 gallon drum of avgas turned into napalm by mixing in Styrofoam and using a thermite grenade as a detonator. It was strapped horizontally on a skid and the strap was cut and the aircraft rolled to the allow it to drop free. Spectacular but it exploded about 50 feet above the ground and was just a little too scary to try again.

    But the ultimate thrill was mounting a 20mm belt fed Oerlikon 20mm under the aircraft and between the skids.
    After takeoff, our pilots decided to fire a couple of rounds to try and figure out an aiming point.

    The noise was horrendous! but JOYOUS! The ground out in front of us started erupting and the pilots tried to control impact by using the tail rotor pedals to walk the impacting rounds back and forth.

    I was loving it as i watched out my crew door up ahead and saw trees falling and geysers erupting from the rice paddies and canals.
    I glanced over at my gunner and saw that he was starting straight down at the floor board and as i glanced down I could see the vibration from the recoil and then relilized I was seeing rivets starting to pop out of the floor. I looked behind me and saw rivets coming out of the wall in front of the main transmission and a quick glance behind me and it looked liked the rivets holding the skin onto the rear fuselage were starting to pop too!

    I had to scream CEASE FIRE three times before i got the two Warrant Officers under control and convince them to very gently had back to our base camp.

    We traded the Oerlikon to an MP convoy escort platoon and went back to experimenting with dropping small explosives from the open doors.

  49. In my case it was my old Ruger Number One Tropical in .458 Win Mag. I called that pig of a gun “The Creep” because it had a very creepy trigger. The buttstock was much too narrow and the gun should have been 1-1.5lb heavier. The recoil was way worse than my late uncle’s old Rigby in .416 Rigby.

    Ray

  50. Well, if you don’t count the 40mm cannon with the 8 inch barrel I Mexican carry every day, I guess 12ga., .308, .44mag. Take your pick.

  51. Actually shot? 155 MiketyMike. I manned a 5in / 54cal on a can for a few hours. I shot and reloaded but I didn’t “do” anything.

  52. 75 mm Mountain Howitzer (Awesome is understatement!!!!), 120mm M1A1, 105mm M1IP, 105mm howitzer. 40 mm M203, MK-19, TOW Missile, M2, M60, M249, M240

    M-2 .50 cal, I got to run a range to burn up all of a Division Support Brigades .50 cal…No one showed up for the range and we couldn’t take it back.

    LAW: Early 1990’s my Divison was just being fielded the new AT-4…..And it was too expensive to ship back or demilitarize all the existing LAW’s from Europe. I spent a glorious 14 hours shooting off an entire Armored Divisions worth of LAW rockets. Same guys from my platoon who were involved in the 50 cal range got to do the LAW range too.

    At the end of Desert Storm, we shot everything we had 🙂

    • Boy, I never thought of that. Nobody likes to carry BBs home. I just got in my jet and flew home, but the guys who were out in the middle of the desert with literally tons of ammo? Of course they shot it all, must have been a hell of a party!

    • Novitiate,

      What happened for some of the How Batts, was that they shot the ammo that was pre-staged for them at various advanced locations and didn’t touch the on-board ammo supplies. I also know of quite a few pre-staged 155mm ammo supply points (caches) that were bypassed because the batteries were moving too fast to stop and shoot from there since the tanks and Bradleys had already advanced too far, too fast for our howitzers to support from the staged ASPs. I wonder if the 155 projos and powder canisters are still sitting out in the middle of the desert or if the supply/logistics guys ever went back to get all of those missed ammo supply points. Knowing Uncle, I bet there’s still caches sitting out there in the middle of the desert!

  53. Not counting shotguns or medium caliber rifles, a 6 inch, large frame .44 magnum. It wasn’t that bad except for the grip panels that slipped a bit with each shot. That was disconcerting. I could see carrying a Magnaported, 4 inch version, with grips cut down to fit my small hands, while hiking in bear country.

  54. Seems like there’s a good joke in there somewhere…
    “I don’t want to brag but, this is my rifle, this is my gun…”

  55. .458 Winchester Magnum out of a Ruger #1 -4 shots, then I was done. Felt like a strong man swung a sledge hammer with all his might and hit the muzzle driving it into my shoulder.

    Also. Colombian Mounted Police Mauser 98 Carbine chambered in 30-06. Slightly more fun than the .458 WM owing to length of barrel. Violent recoil, but never fails to draw attention. People think it is some sort of small caliber Cadet Rifle until you shoot it.

  56. 20mm cannon, TOW missiles, and 2.75″ FFAR from Uncle Sam’s AH-1S (Mod). Plus the usual assortment of 80’s vintage mortars, .50s, LAWs, etc. To all you tanker and arty guys: If you can’t hover, you’re queer.

  57. Nothing fancy, just a 300 win mag. A .44 magnum gave me a twitch again after I’d gotten rid of it with my .45, though.

  58. Biggest? 50 BMG from a Bushmaster.
    Most Painful? .416 Rigby from a Ruger No. 1.
    That hurt for a while.
    Notables, 500 S&W, 460 S&W, 338 Lapua.

  59. M242 Bushmaster bolted to the starboard side of an OHP class frigate. Or Ma Deuce bolted to the side of a UH-1N. Muzzle blast from either will make you forget your own name. Or 2.75 FFRs. Take your pick as to which is more fun/destructive.

  60. M2 Browning of course. However, I was also a SMAW gunner. 83.5mm rocket, plus a built in 9mm for sighting purposes. And an APOBS, which is a sleeve full of 40mm grenades attached to a rocket. Not nearly as cool as it sounds. Stupid, heavy pain in my butt.

  61. Largest? .50 BMG….BUT…hold on the most fun>…Quad .30…at night…w/tracers! Knob Creek was soooooooo much fun! And I got paid to be there!

  62. 106mm Recoilless Rifle w/ .50 spotter mounted on a M151A1 Pop…Pop…Boom They were replaced by the TOW missile in the ’70’s. Oh, and a 4-deuce mortar….bag of powder and a couple of slices of cheese please…

  63. This is gonna sound weird now because of all the anti-gun bs associated with schools and guns. When i was in high school i took a criminal justice course as a vocational class. One day as part of the class we got to go to a police range and learn basic firearm safety(or refresher for those that already knew) and shoot firearms used by police. As a surprise the instructor borrowed an barrett 107 which is to this day still the biggest gun i had fired. To alot of guys its not much but a 17 year old kid its was the best day of school ever. I learnt recently that they completely took that part of the course out because of the antis and their non-sense propaganda

  64. Damn, all you jerks in the military showing off with your artillery lol.

    I shot a .50 desert eagle once. Recoil was tame because the gun is a monster.

    Most kick was probably a 12 gauge with 3.5 inch magnum shell.

    Though the one I felt the most was some kind of high brass turkey load through an 870 clone. Hurt my cheekbone and shoulder pocket. It was a tube full of miscellaneous left over ammo so I wasn’t expecting it.

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