Fully Automatic Revolver.


Duach Laidir
July 30, 2006, 12:20 AM
Can a revolver be modified to fire full auto?
I say 'Yes' !

Duach Laidir

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Taurus 66
July 30, 2006, 12:26 AM
You say "yes", so tell us how it could be done.

July 30, 2006, 12:36 AM
i'm sure there's a way, but the question in my head is "why?"

July 30, 2006, 12:39 AM
huh :confused:

July 30, 2006, 12:40 AM
jerry Miculek shoots as fast as full auto but again WHY?

July 30, 2006, 12:47 AM
I bet a Webley-Fosbery could be. But again, why?

July 30, 2006, 12:57 AM
A friend and I actually had a discussion over this. Somehow we were on illbetotten weaponry, and we came up with a design by committe for a select fire revolver. Just because.

Basically it had a gas system that actuated an otherwise normal single-action mechanism. The spent shells were not ejected. Why? Why not?

Silver Bullet
July 30, 2006, 01:04 AM
How can you doubt it ?

Dems want civil war; have fully automatic revolver (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=99988&highlight=dems+civil+war)

Duach Laidir
July 30, 2006, 01:17 AM
Why?? Just for the heck of it.
It can be done and very simply: full auto, semi-auto and two or three shot bursts.

But lets have some ideas;)

Bye the bye, the actual possible rate of fire from a reasonably modern S&W is around 2000/minute, after that the mainspring lags.


Taurus 66
July 30, 2006, 01:32 AM
It can be done and very simply: full auto, semi-auto and two or three shot bursts.

But lets have some ideas

You say it can be done and very simply. You tell the people here how it can be done. Why should we give ideas? You must have the blueprints somewhere nearby or a conversion book written by author Gunkid providing detailed information. Come ahead now.

July 30, 2006, 01:36 AM
I suppose you could hook a washing machine motor up to it somehow, but bulk and power supply limitations would make it impractical for carry.:evil:

Duach Laidir
July 30, 2006, 01:41 AM
No blueprints, no book not even a rough drawing, it's all in the mind; in detail.

Here's a clue: the process was discovered by accident by a late friend of mine when he was a teenager.
He went on to become one of the world's great gun engravers.


Taurus 66
July 30, 2006, 01:55 AM
OK I give up. What's the answer?

4v50 Gary
July 30, 2006, 02:03 AM
Converting a modern centerfire revolver to full auto? Well, do you recall how the Australians modified their SMLE to become semi-auto? The put a gas port on the barrel and the gas operated the op-rod that rotated the bolt. I suppose the same could be rigged up to push the hammer back to full auto. If the trigger is kept depressed, then the hammer would automatically fall as the op rod disengages it. Then it'll be a matter of dexterity to see if you can get only a single shot off or a burst.

But, if you want to do it a very old fashion way, seal five of the six nipples on a cap 'n ball revolver. Bore a hole from each cylinder such that a spark would transmit from one to another. You may have to drill through the cylinder and then weld up and turn on a lathe to clean up your mess. The Cap n' Ball will then function like the English Nock Volley Gun made famous again in the Sharpe's Rifle Series. BTW, if you want to see a genuine early model of the Nock Volley Gun, head over to the Charleston City Museum in SC.

July 30, 2006, 02:08 AM
Full-Auto Revolver


July 30, 2006, 02:10 AM
I think it was John Browning that made a fully automatic lever action rifle. It had a flapper at the muzzle that was connected to the lever through a linkage.

Taurus 66
July 30, 2006, 02:11 AM
LMAO Zen! We've found the .99 mm caliber full auto revolver. :D

July 30, 2006, 02:16 AM
I have heard tell of single action revos firing fullotta!
How you may ask?
Simple really......the firing pin bushing in the frame fell out. Upon firing the primers would blow back out of the cases, thru the bushing hole, impacting the firing pin and recocking the hammer.
I'd imagine it would require stout loads and a weak hammer spring, but it sounds plausible to me.
Mythbusters anyone?

July 30, 2006, 02:24 AM
Here's a full auto revolver. :evil:


Duach Laidir
July 30, 2006, 02:43 AM
OK I'll tell all.
The revolver was a Remigton .44 Army and it was rusty and worn out. My friend, the late Lynton Mc Kenzie, drilled the nipples out with a 1/16" or so drill
and when he fired it the lot went off and we thought, at first, that it was a multiple discharge but all the caps had blown off, we managed to find some of them and they had been struck by the hammer.

So it was blowing the hammer back, rotating the cylinder and firing until all chambers were empty. Loading two and skipping one produced two shot bursts.

We used to fire it by leaving every second chamber empty until we got some proper nipples made. This was 50 years ago, and we knew very little about cap and ball revolvers, but we learned.:)


July 30, 2006, 03:46 AM
Maybe one of these?


July 30, 2006, 09:11 AM
Darn! DMK beat me to it:D

July 30, 2006, 09:28 AM
Springfield Armory's fully automatic revolver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M39_cannon)

Working Man
July 30, 2006, 09:55 AM
SwampFox hit it.

A modified Mateba should do the trick.

Duach Laidir
July 30, 2006, 06:07 PM
But the accidental conversion is simpler and cheaper:neener:


Jim K
July 30, 2006, 09:36 PM
Zen21Tao hits both the problem and the solution.

Could you rig a gas system to drive the trigger of a conventional DA revolver? Sure. But then you have an FA weapon with a capacity of only 6 or 8 rounds, which is absurd, and further is uncontrollable. If you rig up the gun with some kind of belt or a system like the Gatling, it is no longer a revolver which, by definition, contains its cartridges in a cylinder.


July 30, 2006, 09:48 PM
For clarification, he's talking about a CAP AND BALL revolver, not modern. I've seen and heard of FA C&B revolvers. Interesting pieces of tech, but very bad for the eyes due to cap debris and hot gasses.

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