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Odd materials/metals used to make guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drgong, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    We all know there are Steel guns
    and there is these long lasting polymer guns...
    And of course there is the Zinc/Alum Alloy guns...

    But what other pastics and metals have been used to make firearms over the years? :)
  2. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

  3. crushbup

    crushbup Well-Known Member

    The Mythbusters did a show about a wooden cannon (it had a spectacular KB, though)

    Other than bare iron, likely used in the early days of firearms manufacture, I can't really think of anything.
  4. Dope

    Dope Well-Known Member

    Does anyone make any carbon fiber guns or gun parts yet? You can get barrels can't you?

  5. Wolfman_556

    Wolfman_556 Well-Known Member

    Bushmaster Carbon-15 model.

    I seem to recall back in the early 60s, either Armalite or Colt made an AR15/M16 with a composite barrel of some sort, which didn't go over well.
  6. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 Well-Known Member

    Remington 105CTi has carbon fiber in it
  7. nicholst55

    nicholst55 Well-Known Member

    That would have been the original Armalite AR-10; it had, IIRC, a titanium barrel which was very thin - too thin, as it turned out.

    There are currently carbon fiber parts, titanium and Scandium parts, and copper-beryllium parts. And doubtless others that I've overlooked.
  8. crushbup

    crushbup Well-Known Member

    I completely forgot about the lightweight "exotic" metals like scandium, thanks nicholst55!
  9. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    done forget the Brass Henry rifle.
  10. Monkeybear

    Monkeybear Well-Known Member

    The Remington Nylon Rifle was made from Nylon.
  11. oneshooter

    oneshooter Well-Known Member

    Bronze and brass cannons were standard for years.

    Livin in Texas
  12. TehK1w1

    TehK1w1 Well-Known Member

    I'm just waiting for Extreme shock to come out with a gun made of Nytrilium. :neener:
  13. HB

    HB Well-Known Member

    Winchester had a shotgun whose barrel was a thin steel tube wrapped with thousands of feet of fiberglass wire. The shotgun was very light, but funny looking. I heard they lost favor quickly becuase if the fiberglass was nicked, the barrel would unravel and possible KB :uhoh:

  14. Crow1108

    Crow1108 Well-Known Member

    A company called Christensen or Christiansen or some variation of the name (from Utah IIRC...saw it at a gunshow awhile back), made a bolt-action rifle with a composite barrel. Pretty light weight.

    There were a few cannons a long time ago that were made from brass.
  15. marktx

    marktx Well-Known Member

    There is a picture of the subsequent burst barrel in Small Arms of the World by Edward Ezell.

    Titanium would make a great barrel material except for the fact that it tends to gall (stick/smear more or less) with other metals so you gotta line it with steel.
  16. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    I've seen prison-manufactured guns made from epoxy with aluminium tubes as barrels and flashlight circuitry as the "trigger"; I also saw one made from a can of soda pop, a bag of potato chips, 2 AA batteries, a package of matches, a tuft of steel wool, and a scrap of copper wire.
  17. plexreticle

    plexreticle Well-Known Member

    Wow, that puts Mcgiver to shame.
  18. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Some machine guns have a Stellite (mostly cobalt) liner in the chamber and first several inches of barrel for longer service life firing long bursts.

    There has been some work done with ceramic gun barrels or liners.
  19. PercyShelley

    PercyShelley Well-Known Member

  20. Avenger

    Avenger Well-Known Member

    I once owned a knock-off of a baby Browning that I am convinced was manufactured of concentrated "FAIL".

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