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The .46 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifle That Changed the World
The American Thinker ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | Michael Geer

Posted on 01/27/2013 1:35:54 PM PST by EXCH54FE

Behold the Girandoni air rifle, a 20 round high capacity tubular magazine and air reservoir which fired at roughly the same velocity as a modern .45 ACP. It can punch straight through a 2x4 at 100 yards.

Invented by Tyrollean Bartholomaus Girandoni around 1779, this revolutionary rifle is four feet long and weighs a manly 10 pounds. It's semi-automatic rate of fire and, for the period, its immense firepower reserve made it a fearsome thing to contemplate in battle. No appreciable bang, no smoke and at least 20 rounds before its punch began to diminish.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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KEYWORDS: airrifle; banglist
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To: wardaddy

Ever seen a .338 Lapua Magnum? Guy had one at the range today. The rifle looked like a .50cal, which aren’t allowed at our county range. The cartridge is huge.


21 posted on 01/27/2013 2:32:14 PM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
Vicker ==> Vicar

22 posted on 01/27/2013 2:42:24 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: ModelBreaker

Any idea where?


23 posted on 01/27/2013 3:23:11 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Harold Shea

It was said Napoleon issued orders to execute anyone captured with an air gun.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 3:24:38 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: EXCH54FE

“A longer barrel in a pneumatic gun increases velocity (to a point), and higher air pressure also increases velocity (to a point). As those points are approached, the gains from longer barrels and higher pressures have diminishing returns, so designers must balance that against making a gun too long or using pressures too high for safe and convenient operation.”


25 posted on 01/27/2013 3:46:10 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: muir_redwoods

I think the company is Evanix. I know they make .177 selectable semi-full automatic. Somewhere I have the catalogue. There is another manufacturer that makes the 9’s and 45’s. Check out Evanix.com.

45 joules energy with .177. Pretty spiffy.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 3:46:59 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: muir_redwoods

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUYoAY6AQGQ


27 posted on 01/27/2013 3:49:13 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: EXCH54FE

I don’t care what it costs, I WANT one of these! 1.25” steel balls with the same muzzle energy as a 30-06! Full auto and Johnny Fed don’t have to know squat about it. This is wicked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xozb9Hui60M


28 posted on 01/27/2013 4:03:00 PM PST by 762X51
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A very good video except near the end when the speaker says that Lewis and Clark went all the way to the headwaters of the Potomac in the Cascades.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 4:04:03 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Rebelbase

Didn’t you know that the Potomac is a very loooooooooooooong river helping the District of Criminals to micromanage American’s lives ever more so every day?


30 posted on 01/27/2013 4:36:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: RightFighter

The Sako TRG always interested me

Similar range to the BMG but lots less weight

I have a Ruger number one in 338 win mag


31 posted on 01/27/2013 5:03:11 PM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: EXCH54FE

I’ve just got 2 new .223 AR-15s, and I enjoyed taking them out to the range last weekend. However, because I have only 5 acres and I live in an outer ring suburb, local ordinance prohibits target shooting on my property with a firearm.
Would anyone have a recommendation for an air-gun that might give me a similar feel to my ARs? That way, I could get some practice between range outings.


32 posted on 01/27/2013 5:07:44 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: muir_redwoods

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Evanix_Conquest_9mm_Air_Rifle/2749

Seven shot semi automatic 9mm.


33 posted on 01/27/2013 6:17:43 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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