What is the WIERDEST Gun / Caliber you have ever fired?


September 15, 2008, 07:58 PM
Ok folks, we've had a bit of "best of" "worst of" threads out there and frankly I am tired of reading them (for now, tomorrow may differ).

So, for this one, what's the wierdest gun you have had the opportunity to own or shoot? This includes calibers.

For me, it had to be KLE's .40 S&W HK squeezecocker thingy.

Very cool! It handled the .40 S&W like nothing I have ever seen.

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September 15, 2008, 08:32 PM
what is the "squeezecocker thingy"? :scrutiny::confused:

The Lone Haranguer
September 15, 2008, 08:39 PM
Sounds as if the OP is referring to a H&K P7. They made one (P7M10) in .40 for a brief time and it is now quite costly. It has a very bulky slide compared to the slim 9mm versions.

September 15, 2008, 08:39 PM
I think he means that palm pistol where you squeeze the whole thing to make it go off. Called the "Lemon Squeezer?"

Anyhow, I don't remember the model but a long time ago a buddy bought a revolver in.38 Rimfire along with a box of ammo. We had a fun time betting whether the next cartridge would go off.

He discovered he had a bad flinch.

And boy, did those old cartridges stink.

I kind of like the smell of black powder but whatever those old cartridges were primed with smelled like the belches and farts of all the demons of hell.

Dave R
September 15, 2008, 08:56 PM
Weirdest I have shot is one that I own.

Its a custom rifle, built on a 1935-ish Martini Cadet receiver. Looks like a mini version of the Martini-Henry rifle. Because that's what it is.

It shoots a wildcat cartridge--.357mag pistol brass necked down to .17.

Its a purpose-built whistle pig gun. (Whistle pig = Columbian ground squirrel. Think of a 1/4 scale prairie dog.) The rifle is the size and weight of a Red Ryder bb gun, but shoots varmits out well over 100 yards.

I inherited the rifle. I would never have thought of such a thing on my own.

September 15, 2008, 08:56 PM
either my garden gun in 9mm rimfire
my daisy V/L caseless 22V/L
or my ruger hawkeye pistol in .256 magnum
nothing to weird but they are kinda unusual

September 15, 2008, 08:58 PM
Glock. My shots kept going really high. Dunno why.



September 15, 2008, 09:02 PM
The Lone Haranguer,

YEAH! That's the one. I couldn't remember. It's an HK P7 .40 variant. Thanks!

September 15, 2008, 09:04 PM
Derringer chambered in .357 for the top barrell and .45-70 for the lower.

Yes I was stupid when I fired it.


September 15, 2008, 09:07 PM
pics! :p

September 15, 2008, 09:16 PM
6.5 mm Carcano rifle

I couldn't help it, i thought about the Kennedy assignation the hole time.:scrutiny:

September 15, 2008, 09:22 PM
Original Synder Carbine in .577.

September 15, 2008, 09:25 PM
I cant remember the name right now but it loaded TRIANGLE bullets!!! ill do some lookin around for the name.

September 15, 2008, 09:28 PM
Dardick IIRC and the ammo is called Trounds


September 15, 2008, 09:32 PM
I got to fire one of those Wild West Bushwackers when I was in Alaska 2 years ago.

September 15, 2008, 09:32 PM
My Colt Python came with "Checkered Grips" that tore the skin from my palm. I bought some A.J. Scott target grips and saved my skin for other uses. Some aftermarket accessories make a BIG difference in comfort. cliffy

September 15, 2008, 09:33 PM
Dardic Trounds are what you are thinking of.

For me, 9mm Win Magnum is the oddest cartridge. Oddest gun was the Jo Lo Ar in 9mm Largo.


and my old Astra 400 in 9mm Largo.


September 15, 2008, 09:34 PM
My buddy had a spud gun. That was fun. I shot more wild pears than potatos though.

September 15, 2008, 09:37 PM
I have a .22 WCF Winchester 1885 single shot. Basically the precurser to .22 Hornet, but it's an odd one. Between the rifle and the round, it's a tack driver.

Apple a Day
September 15, 2008, 09:39 PM
Nagant revolver. Still have it.


I fired a single shot .22 pistol a guy had. It was kind of like a miniature break-open shotgun and had a hair trigger. It was nifty, though. I wish I remembered what it was.


Civil war Napoleon cannon. Sonovagun was LOUD. I think it was the only time I ever hit something out to 200 yards.

September 15, 2008, 09:40 PM
I once fired a sporterized(60s vintage I think, but it could've been a 50s vintage sporterization) mauser chambered for 8mm-06. That's an 8mm mauser slug in a 30-06 cartridge. This rifle had a huge old one-power scope on it...that's right, zero magnification. And the cross hairs were really made out of hair. Camel hair I think. Anyway, the horizontal "hair" was missing. You only had the vertical "hair". You had to guess where the middle of the vertical "hair" was to hit what you wanted to hit.

September 15, 2008, 09:42 PM
105 recoiless rifle,USMC, 1970

September 15, 2008, 11:31 PM
M198 155mm.

As for shoulder-fired, M66A1 LAWS.

September 15, 2008, 11:40 PM
nothing too exciting for me. 9mm Makarov is about as exotic as I've shot. I did have a spud gun chambered in 1.5 CAM (thats Crab Apple Magnum) but my mom tossed it when I went to college. Might be another project...

September 15, 2008, 11:57 PM
Weirdest gun I own and fire regularly is the Vetterli I converted to centerfire.



September 16, 2008, 12:44 AM
Odd caliber? .22 WRF, which ironically is the only rifle I own.

Odd gun? Well... a single-action Ruger Bisley in .44 Mag. :o

September 16, 2008, 01:00 AM
105 MM in an M7 Priest.

September 16, 2008, 01:00 AM
Mares Leg in .44-40 at my cousin's house. sucker kicks more than you'd think.

September 16, 2008, 03:04 AM
Polish anti-tank rifle. 7.62x107mm. Basically a .50 BMG round necked down to .30 and fired from an oversized Mauser. Over 4000 FPS. Amazing recoil. The second shot split the shot bag that I had between the butt and my shoulder, and I passed on further chances to fire that fine machine.

September 16, 2008, 04:25 AM
I still shoot it once in a while if i find the ammo at a reasonable price, the stuff stinks big time on indoor ranges.

M72 LAW with training rounds, not really a gun though, more of a rocket launcher

September 16, 2008, 04:33 AM
I passed on shooting JR's cut-down .500 S&W.

I'm a big wussy. A 350 pound can kick your ass big wussy.

Who is not wearing a sight blade in the middle of his forehaid, thankyouverymuch, big wussy.

Kind of Blued
September 16, 2008, 04:40 AM
PTK, you need to show that one to me if we get out to the range again!

The most unusual thing I've fired was probably PTK's 40mm launcher! Fun stuff. Or the silenced Nagant revolver... :evil:

September 16, 2008, 04:52 AM
I shoot Martini Henry 1/2 action style rifles in 360 no. 5 and .300 Sherwood, so I'm not a good judge of wierd. This is the action of the 360, a MH type action but with an exposed center hammer.


September 16, 2008, 07:29 AM
25mm Bushmaster

September 16, 2008, 07:40 AM
Keep 'em coming.

One of my project rifles is one of those Nepalese Gahendra Martini-Henris from International Military Antiques and is part of that legendary horde that was uncovered in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The barrel is made of converted railroad steel, and it shoots the .577-450 Martini Henri cartridge.

Should be interesting.

max popenker
September 16, 2008, 10:49 AM
Not quite 'weird' in my book, but surely unusual ;)

September 16, 2008, 11:05 AM
9mm rimfire shotgun. The cartridges look like this:


September 16, 2008, 11:41 AM
I think the 9MM Rimfire Shotgun is winning so far. I think I have seen this in a "Garden Gun" somewhere.

September 16, 2008, 12:38 PM
Peabody-Martini in 40-82 Winchester. Nothing weird, just rare rifle in a rather well known and highly regarded caliber/chambering. Another is an original Borchart patent Sharps in .45-2 9/16" after a $10,000.00 restoration. Wow, what a piece of history!!!

September 16, 2008, 01:10 PM
Two come to mind, both made by Butch Searcy (Searcy Ent.)
1. .577 Nitro Express. year, 1998, where, Botswana, Elephant hunt.
2. 700 Nitro. His range. My, but didn't it kick!

September 16, 2008, 01:52 PM
How about a Lyle line-throwing mortar using flour-filled cans as projectiles? Really fun for target shooting at a quarter mile.

September 16, 2008, 02:04 PM
MAS St. Etienne Model 1892 8mm (Lebel). Manufactured in 1898, ammo so obsolete had to have it custom loaded.

September 16, 2008, 03:41 PM
Springfield XD, man they look weird!

September 16, 2008, 03:54 PM
For the Lebel. I know where there is several boxes of pristine Rem-Umc ammo in the beautiful old dark green boxes, as nice looking as the day they left the plant. Sucker won't let go of them. He also has 303 Savage virgin Winchester unprimed brass in the old bright yellow boxes.

September 16, 2008, 03:59 PM
weirdest gun a tie between my Swedish AG42b or my 7.62x39mm heavy barreled Bench gun.


unusual cartridge

Old Grump
September 16, 2008, 04:31 PM
Does a Terrier BW-0 missile count? We almost shot ourselves with it. After launch at least one of the wing fins fell off and it left the guidance beam. Instead of self destructing it looped around and came back over the ship passing between the forward and aft stacks just missing the electronics array. For firearms I carried in my hand I'd say the LAW, the 348 and the 25-20.

September 16, 2008, 09:53 PM
8x56R in my Hungarian M95. Practice with Nazi 1938 war surlus and handload 205 sp's for hunting.

September 17, 2008, 12:43 AM
7.62x45mm Czech out of a Vz-52. Very accurate, very nice combo of power and moderate recoil.

September 17, 2008, 02:02 AM
My Grandpa's old Winchester .22 rifle, in .22 Winchester Automatic caliber.


September 17, 2008, 08:14 AM
Winchester 1907 in .351

Mauser 1896 Broomhandle in .30 Mauser

September 17, 2008, 08:53 AM
BFR in .45-70 and an MP44.

September 17, 2008, 09:15 AM
I guess the Nagant, the ammo is odd as heck :)

September 17, 2008, 10:53 AM
Mine have already been posted; the Nagant revolvers with the unusual ammo and the gas-sealing 7 round cylinder, and the Broomhandle, which always gets strange looks when I have it at the range.

September 17, 2008, 10:57 AM
MMSCRET- Is he saving that ammo for a museum?

September 17, 2008, 11:10 AM
7.62 Russian carbine without sights. Couldn't hit the side of a barn from the inside.

Claude Clay
September 17, 2008, 11:18 AM
dont need to hit anything....the concussion will blow down the structure

September 17, 2008, 11:18 AM
Bazooka (anti-tank rocket launcher) with HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) rounds.

Hit an armored personnel carrier and the pieces whirling back through the air, with a fairly loud noise, almost got us.

September 17, 2008, 11:20 AM
Denel NTW20, in 20x110.

September 17, 2008, 12:32 PM
The MK 19 40mm launcher
A 25-20 bbl. insert in a double bbl.
A reproduction ducks foot black powder in 32.?? not sure on the cal.

September 17, 2008, 01:23 PM
An 84 mm Carl Gustav anti tank recoilless rifle.

Six rounds later, I had problems thinking clearly... :D

September 17, 2008, 01:24 PM
yeah nyggis, you're only supposed to shoot 2 a day through those things...

September 17, 2008, 01:35 PM
I once developed a load for my Rem 700 ADL in 308 win. It was the Hornady 110 bullet seated upside down over a small load of fast powder and pillow ticking (to keep the powder up near the primer). This load had a velocity of around 1900fps and was extremely accurate to 75 yds or so. I used it to head shoot squirrels. There was very little recoil and muzzle blast.

I also used a 38 spec brass, LRM primer and wax bullets to shoot vermin around my property. Wax bullets at 200fps kill very cleanly out to 15yds or so.

Erik Jensen
September 17, 2008, 01:48 PM
I can't claim anything too exotic, myself. yesterday I took my roommate to the range, and we shot (among others) my CZ-52 in 7.62X25. I noticed that it had more recoil than I'm accustomed to, and was ridiculously loud! the fact that the surplus ammo I was running through it came on 5 round stripper clips and came from a Slavic country leads me to believe we may have been using SMG ammo...

the most interesting thing about that gun, at least to me, is the fact that it basically uses the same mechanism as the MG42.

September 17, 2008, 02:08 PM
A towed 20mm Vulcan Cannon. Just the thing to cut large areas of trees.

September 17, 2008, 02:37 PM
Don't know if these qualify as "weird":

2-pdr Coehorn mortar

12mm / .472 cal wheellock pistol.

September 17, 2008, 04:11 PM
Weirdest gun?
Probably a toss up between a Nagant Pistol and a 75 cal blunderbuss (Tenn Valley if I remember correctly)

September 18, 2008, 04:26 PM

In the Swedish army we are allowed to fire six a day.. Thats perhaps why we become stupid and vote for socialists... =(

Back in the fifties my dad shot that thing without hearing protection... Im impressed that he actually can hear anything today...

September 18, 2008, 04:41 PM
Calico Liberty 100.

100 round 9mm magazines that mount on top, and bottom ejection. :cool:


762 shooter
September 18, 2008, 04:55 PM
44-77 sharps

made from 43 spanish brass

405 grain boolit


beeswax/olive oil wafer


black powder.

Fired in Sharps 1874 sporter half round/half octagon barrel.

Paper patched 45-70's are cool too:neener:.

September 18, 2008, 05:57 PM
13.2mm Mauser anti-tank rifle.

September 18, 2008, 06:12 PM
The weirdest gun I've ever had my grubby little paws on is a Dreyse 32 ACP.
You could load the clip without even taking the clip out of the pistol!

September 18, 2008, 06:59 PM
The M3A1 "Grease Gun" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M3_submachine_gun).

Never got to handle these much in the Army. They were issued to tankers and maintenance and other vehicle crew sorts and I was infantry.

We ran a range one time and had cases of .45 left to burn, so we got to dump massive rounds through a few of these. We were eventually "arc-ing" them like indirect fire onto longer range targets. I found it interesting that when arc-ed, you could actually watch those big ol' rounds travel down range and walk them in to your target with some practice.

Your tax dollars at work....

September 18, 2008, 09:22 PM
Blunderbuss, ONCE! X-wife's grandfather had one in his safe that was made in the 1700s, we got to talking and he dared me to try it out. Being young and still under warranty, of course I said "sure." This thing was solid brass and must've weighed 20 pounds. It flared from about 2 inches at the back to at least 10 inches at the muzzle, it was about 15-18 inches long with the short stock. Anyway, he loaded it for me with black powder and some scrap glass and nails and off we went into the woods. Being a short weapon, I held it at waist level and pulled the trigger. Watching the wick hit the frizzen (did I mention it was a matchlock?) was cool. No ear protection and no real idea of what recoil was, the episode gave me a quick education. Limped out of the woods with bruised lower ribs and huge grin on my face. Granddad then showed me how he cleaned and polished the piece, then put it back into the safe.

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