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8 Most Impractical Handguns in History
gun & ammo ^ | 5-3-12 | dylan polk

Posted on 05/10/2012 7:20:41 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

Practicality may not be something shooters think about all the time; if that was the case, .50-cal rifles would be a lot less popular on the civilian market . However, while we may look at some guns and think, “Now why would anyone need THAT?” chances are the Herculean handgun that looks like it was hauled in by a flatbed trailer doesn’t hold a candle to some of the most impractical handguns in history. Whether they were too costly to make or just plain ineffective, here are eight of the most impractical handguns in history.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; handguns; impractical
I'll take an Apache in size XL.
1 posted on 05/10/2012 7:20:50 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

2 posted on 05/10/2012 7:23:15 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: umgud

I think the strategy for using that gun would be to simply hand it to your attacker. He might miss you, but he would certainly destroy himself with the recoil.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 7:28:21 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: TurboZamboni

I don’t know why that 20 round revolver is in the list, or the Le Mat. Both of them are useful.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 7:28:47 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: umgud

Ever try an AMT Hardballer?


5 posted on 05/10/2012 7:41:01 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: TurboZamboni
Re: The Apache Revolver:

"Made by the French (of course it was)...almost every facet of this weapon seems utterly useless."

Much like the French, actually.

6 posted on 05/10/2012 7:42:26 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Of all the items in this roundup, I’d have to say the LeMatt’s probably not one I would have chosen. It’s not to say there’s not some really bad design in the system...

From personal experience, the gun fowled something awful rather easily - getting through all nine shots in the cylinder was something of a miracle with the amount of fowling that would gather on the central pin. The loading lever was weak and poorly designed, and the central smoothbore is better suited as a deadman cylinder than anything else.

I personally shot a patched roundball from the ‘shotgun’ more often than not. And could not ever imagine trying to ride and not have the ‘shotgun’ load dislodge.

But all in all, the other seven are real stinkers, whereas the LeMatt can actually hit a target.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 7:44:22 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: TurboZamboni
I can't believe this one did not make the list:


8 posted on 05/10/2012 7:44:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: x1stcav
Ever try an AMT Hardballer?

I have one. I guess buying it just seemed like the thing to do at the time. Never carried it.

9 posted on 05/10/2012 7:47:50 PM PDT by cayuga (The next Crusade will be a war of annihilation.)
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To: TurboZamboni

GYROJET. I fired two rounds in 1966 from a Gyrojet pistol when Bob Mainhardt and Art Biehl came to an Army Post to test their weapon. No recoil, a slight warm breathe on your hand from the jet, fair accuracy. Really nice guys.
An idea before its time. Too bad.


10 posted on 05/10/2012 7:50:38 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Go Pack Go!)
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To: TurboZamboni

"The .88 Magnum...it shoots through schools."

11 posted on 05/10/2012 7:52:43 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Michael.SF.

That’s the Polish copy of the Russian Nagant. Apparently the blueprints were folded in the mail.


12 posted on 05/10/2012 7:56:51 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TaMoDee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpLVwZVT6Hc


13 posted on 05/10/2012 7:58:59 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: TurboZamboni

Anybody who does not want their LeMat can sell it to me.
I’ll Pony up $250 to take it off your hands.


14 posted on 05/10/2012 8:06:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cayuga; x1stcav

Ever try an AMT Hardballer?

***I have one. I guess buying it just seemed like the thing to do at the time. Never carried it. ****

I’ve had two. The first was a jammer. The second worked perfectly. I still have it.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:52 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: TurboZamboni

why is the old lady making the devil horns sign?

AF2011-A1:
“hey dawg I heard you like guns, so I put a gun on your gun”


16 posted on 05/10/2012 8:14:41 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: wally_bert

Never saw that movie. But that was one of the pistols on the table. Thanks. (I’ll ask Mrs TaMoDee to look for a CD copy on the net.)


17 posted on 05/10/2012 8:18:34 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Go Pack Go!)
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To: x1stcav
Ever try an AMT Hardballer?

Yeah. A friend had a new one that he had never really fired. We took it out to start breaking it in. It didn't feed well at all.

18 posted on 05/10/2012 8:25:50 PM PDT by fso301
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To: TaMoDee
An idea before its time. Too bad.

After 40+ years, one would think that its time might have come by now. :=)

19 posted on 05/10/2012 8:29:08 PM PDT by Bob
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~~Metal Storm~~

20 posted on 05/10/2012 8:30:16 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Many years ago, in the Turkish Military Museum in Istanbul, I saw a collection (!) of duckfoot pistols. One of them had 9 barrels, covering 180 degrees. I guess you were just supposed to kick open the door and pull the trigger.


21 posted on 05/10/2012 8:36:29 PM PDT by G-Bear (Always leave your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.)
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To: mamelukesabre

The Lemat was a fearsome weapon and they saw heavy use. A buddy of mine has an original.

I can’t believe that that pistol made the list, but no mention of any pinfire weapon...


22 posted on 05/10/2012 8:40:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Bob

Might need a few more years -—— Who knows. It took 1000’s of years to get the idea of a Chinese rocket to a successful Moon rocket.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 8:43:44 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Go Pack Go!)
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To: TurboZamboni
This outdoes those.

;-P

24 posted on 05/10/2012 8:44:06 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’m no expert, but the LeMat sounds like a handy pistol design to have for unexpected close encounters with snakes and other small varmints.

One that would make my list in the LeMat’s place: the FP-45 “Liberator”. Neat idea, but the intended use never really came to pass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-45_Liberator

BTW, the Liberator has the unique (as far as I know) distinction of being the only handgun that takes longer to fire than it did to make. It was expected that loading and firing the single-shot weapon would take an average of ten seconds, and the Anderson, Indiana company that made them clocked an average production time of about six seconds to complete the assembly of the stamped parts on each weapon.


25 posted on 05/10/2012 8:46:32 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: umgud

You laugh.
Google “Maadi-Griffin Pistol”.

And while you’re at it, look up “Mossberg 590 AOW” (a 12-gauge pistol), “Mosin-Nagant pistol” (there’s a few cut down to that size), “Stinger pen gun”, “Any Other Weapon examples”, and “Swiss mini-gun”. They’re all real.


26 posted on 05/10/2012 8:54:11 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: TaMoDee
Might need a few more years -—— Who knows. It took 1000’s of years to get the idea of a Chinese rocket to a successful Moon rocket.

Good point.

27 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:31 PM PDT by Bob
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To: TurboZamboni

Where’s the Dardick pistol with its triangular plastic “trounds” (”the firepower of an automatic with the simplicity of a revolver”)?

How about the German “Reform” pistol with its four stacked barrels in .25 cal? Flat for carrying in evening wear.

Or the Mossberg .22 “Brownie” pepperbox?

Then there’s the Jap Nambu Type 94 pistol which could be fired by pressing its external sear? Great for false surrenders.

Finally, the Whitney Wolverine .22 pistol with its swept back space age looks? Lots of weird ones out there.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 9:20:12 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: umgud

I thought this was a joke but found it’s the Taurus Chief Justice. It also is capable of 3 1/2 12 gauge magnum shells. Pretty awesome firearm. I wouldn’t want to shoot one.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 9:28:12 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Great gun, I’ve been buying them for a lot of my liberal friends.


30 posted on 05/10/2012 9:31:29 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: TurboZamboni

Le Mat was a beautiful pistol. Definitely the prettiest of it’s time. I always wanted one to play with. They even used one (because they are so pretty) in “The Twelve Monkeys”. Who cares if they got dirty? Ever shot a cap and ball? They ALL get dirty. That’s what grease is for.


31 posted on 05/10/2012 9:56:08 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: ozzymandus

Buddy bought one of the Nagant revolvers for a hundred bucks, action is a little weird. It looks nice and is in near new condition, came with a holster and other accessories. He shoots handloaded reformed .32-20 cartridge cases in it.


32 posted on 05/11/2012 12:06:23 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (I'll be a nice to you as you'll let me be, or as mean as you make me be.)
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To: ctdonath2

More than a few, the Obrez for decades was a favorite cheap assassin weapon and the rural bandits really liked it.

http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/attachments/powder-keg/27934d1261021480-mosin-nagant-obrez-9130.jpg

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&tok=grTl84jp7-zu8eyQaI6myQ&pq=mosin%20nagant%20obrez%20pistol&cp=19&gs_id=3&xhr=t&q=mosin+nagant+obrez&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mosin+nagant+obrez+&aq=0K&aqi=g-K1g-b1&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3fa1f89c4f8a0fee&biw=960&bih=461


33 posted on 05/11/2012 12:19:10 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (I'll be a nice to you as you'll let me be, or as mean as you make me be.)
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To: TaMoDee

Despite a few plot problems, it is one of my favorite Bond movies.


34 posted on 05/11/2012 4:31:42 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: TurboZamboni
TA DA....


35 posted on 05/11/2012 6:25:25 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: TurboZamboni
I disagree with putting the LeMat on the list. To me, this was an ideal last-ditch weapon for a mounted cavalry scout in a melee. That last blast of 16-guage buckshot after you've emptied your revolver and turn to gallop back to the main body after you've run into the enemy's advance party would be just the thing to complete an escape.

I've always thought that the LeMat was the type of handgun that I would have carried had I lived during that era ...

36 posted on 05/11/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: ctdonath2

used to have a Serbu Super Shorty.

basically a 12 GA pump pistol.


37 posted on 05/11/2012 8:24:51 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni
I have the 14" 590AOW. Firing slugs brings the biggest smile to one's face - along with a vow to never do that again.
38 posted on 05/11/2012 9:09:18 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: Sea Parrot

I have one. It shoots a variety of ammunition, .32 S&W, etc., but ruins the cases. The original ammo is pretty pricey.


39 posted on 05/11/2012 11:50:39 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TurboZamboni

If the makers of any of these guns were buying advertising in G&A, they’d write articles about what great guns they are. The popular gun mags are devoted entirely to advertising.


40 posted on 05/11/2012 11:54:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TurboZamboni
I'll take an Apache in size XL.

You could do worse. Spanish instead of French, for instance. One revolver, made in Spain, 3 barrels, 18 shots, 3 firing pins, .25 ACP pistol cartridge.



41 posted on 05/11/2012 1:08:46 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy

That one just screams out, “Seriously, Get Off My Lawn.”


42 posted on 05/11/2012 1:09:38 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Axenolith
The Lemat was a fearsome weapon and they saw heavy use. A buddy of mine has an original.

Both Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jeb Stuart used the things, in pairs as saddle guns. Both infantry generals Stonewall Jackson and *Wild* Patrick Cleburne used them as a single holstered weapon.

43 posted on 05/11/2012 1:11:34 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: dfwgator
That one just screams out, “Seriously, Get Off My Lawn.”

Stop the vehicle, or I will scratch your paint!

44 posted on 05/11/2012 1:12:37 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: ctdonath2
Granted it wasn't a production firearm, but this still has to go on anyone's "What were they thinking" list.


45 posted on 05/11/2012 3:11:18 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

A flamethrower!


46 posted on 05/11/2012 7:45:16 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: ozzymandus

Kinda like Car and Driver is devoted to advertising cars... Or Scientific American is devoted to global warming?


47 posted on 05/12/2012 8:48:27 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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