Friday, February 05, 2010

Discovering a new type of gun

The Express-News tells the story of a man shot by San Antonio police, and the writers put this as the penultimate paragraph:
Inside the apartment, San Antonio police, along with the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, found marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines, as well as a semiautomatic revolver and a knife, authorities said. [emphasis added]

That's one versatile gun. I wonder where I can buy me one.

5 comments:

Bob S. said...

Wonder if it was one of these rare guns:

http://www.kitsune.addr.com/Firearms/Revolvers/Mateba_Model_6.htm

or one of these newer 'weapons'
http://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Semi-Automatic-Revolver/

Albatross said...

Regarding the first link, the Mateba Model 6 Unica, color me surprised and informed! I never knew anyone made such a monstrosity of a firearm. But, to tell you the truth, I don't see any benefit to it, especially given this little quirk:

When disassembling the Unica some care must be taken to hold the revolver in a level position, because if it is held canted, several small parts can fall out of the frame.

Yeah, doesn't strike me as particularly good design. In any case, I don't think any S.A. punks would actually have such an oddity, especially since the model has been out of production for over six decades.

As for the second link, what could be cooler! I'm digging out my son's Knex, right now!

Samahiel said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley-Fosbery_Automatic_Revolver

There's also this old British Classic if you want something with a little more panache

Albatross said...

... especially since the model has been out of production for over six decades.

Oops. I misspoke. After re-reading the article on the Mateba Model 6 Unica, I see that the writer was referring to the Wesley-Fosbery (linked to by Samahiel in the comment that followed) in saying that it was a firearm of the past. Apparently the Mateba is still made.

Keith Alan K said...

The advantage to the Mateba is that the barrel lines up with the bottom chamber instead of the top.
Therefore, the recoil is more of a straight-back motion resulting in far less muzzle rise, so it's easier and quicker to get it back on target.
Still odd, but a very clever design.