What the heck is this?


November 16, 2006, 07:10 PM
I was fishing through google the other day for interesting images, and I stumbled across this thing. Anyone have a clue what it is, or if it's even Live-Fire worthy?

The site it was on was in Japanese, and my Katakana is rusty at best; nonetheless, it looks SORT OF like a Smith and Wesson M29, but I can't tell for certian.

Still, it's pretty slick looking.

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November 16, 2006, 07:20 PM
Well, that is one way to prevent muzzle flip!:eek:

November 16, 2006, 07:22 PM
Looks like a customized S&W big bore. .44mag, .460mag, or maybe .500mag.

Actually, it's pretty ugly. Not very graceful at all.

Deer Hunter
November 16, 2006, 07:23 PM
Looks like an S&W 629 competition gun with an unfluted cylinder.

November 16, 2006, 07:25 PM
So you can actually do this?

Christ, looks like something Judge Dredd would pull out of his Nightstand. Imagine CCW with that thing.

You draw that sucker on a Mugger; he'd give you HIS wallet.

highlander 5
November 16, 2006, 07:33 PM
not a .500 frame and cylinder to short.My vote is 44 mag 629

November 16, 2006, 07:40 PM
I vote for .357--look at the holes on the front of the cylinder.

November 16, 2006, 07:45 PM
What ever it is, it sure is ugly.

November 16, 2006, 07:47 PM
What ever it is, it sure is ugly.

I'm sort of surprised at how many people think it's ugly.

I like the stark, machined look it has; clean straight lines and an intimidating profile.

So this means either as per suual, I'm strange, or just have bad taste.

November 16, 2006, 07:59 PM
Nope - just another reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder ;)

November 16, 2006, 08:12 PM
It looks like it was designed for 1000-yard PPC competition :D

November 16, 2006, 08:14 PM
It looks a bit like an after market tweak with integral sight rail and muzzle weight. I have seen several versions of this principle over the years.

I am guilty of similar but home made. I shoot PPC occasionally and enjoy using my 686 for that, with fairly light loads too. This 686 is my second one having lost the first way back 10 years ago.

I took a chunk of solid bar and machined it to suit - and that adds 15 ounces! The extra control on muzzle flip is considerable and POI with and without that changes by 6" at 25 yards. It sure holds muzzle down nicely.

It may seem ugly to some but believe me - it sure makes the shooter behave better. I had to refir slightly to mount mine on the second 686. I have other pics somewhere of the piece itself, and originally I had it cold blued.


Here we go - at this stage the weight had been in use and the bluing was well worn - partly why I finally got it back to simply bright metal finish as now.


November 16, 2006, 08:18 PM
Hot. Damn.

I like that. I like that alot P95.

So this is Legit? I've heard of off-hand mention of Compensators on big magnums, like the venting on the M500 Wesson, but a Barrel Weight; that's nifty.

So they help absorb the barrel flip from a powerful cart? That's actually really awesome, and I love the look; sort of a more savage, stark; 'Business' look to it.

Hell, if it helps at all, it might let me break the .44 Mag comfort barrier I've developed.

November 16, 2006, 08:23 PM
I have added a pic of the weight itself now.

Yes I do believe personally that this weight has a greater effect than a compensator - but obviously the entire gun is way heavier, by almost a pound!!

Two handed tho I hardly notice and believe it or not - I can shoot single hand like that at 25 yards and get hits - but then the DA action is butter smooth also.

The downside - time!!! Making a ''one of'' and having to final-fit it, took ages.!!

November 16, 2006, 08:28 PM
That's really quite ingenius. Though the extra weight is understandable, and probably woul dbe negligable for most people who prefer to use both hands when firing; I know I do, though an extra pound would make carrying it a bit less tolerable.

Still, it'd be interesting how fancy yu could go if you found a custom gunsmith who knew how to make them; scrollwork and tracery are just a few ideas.

Hmmm, I wonder how the extra weight would affect a draw?

November 16, 2006, 08:32 PM
This is very much special purpose and it sure would not be my carry gun EDC - altho I do carry large and heavy with my 226 ST.

I made a rather simple holster for this, just for use in PPC and it is an easy fit - draw is fast and not at all disadvantaged by weight.

The only downside is - and this unit is a pretty tight fit - is it has to be removed if I want to remove crane assembly. But that is not too often.

November 16, 2006, 08:37 PM
I can see this being a carry-gun if One; your a big fella, and two - if you prefer to carry large-caliber weapons, like the .454.

I mean, drawing a big-bore like that in a pinch would obviously benifit greatly from reduced barrel flip; especially if by the misfortune of GOD himself: you miss the first time.

Though I don't advocate carting a cannon around in your jacket; but hey if that's your thing.

November 16, 2006, 09:22 PM
I feel like the sheer weight of the thing would mean I'd have to lift weights to keep my shoulders strong enough to shoot extended range sessions with it.

It's easy to overlook the fact that when you are holding a gun out infront of your body for a few hours at the range, you are fighting gravity for a good long time, and arms/shoulders do fatigue.
I suppose of you use the thing in competition though you'd build up to it soon enough.

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