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Really BIG Guns!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by InkEd, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    Who has shot any really BIG guns. Not just talking about small arms. Vehicle or ship mounted guns AND crew served guns count too!

    Describe the experience or just mention what you fired.

    The most powerful gun I have ever fired is my .44mag Redhawk with some really hot 280gr rounds in it. Also, I got to fire a full auto Thompson SMG ons time when I was a kid. Ridiculous. (Ridiculously FUN!)

    I never operated any crew served or vehicle weapons.

    What about you guys?
  2. jiminhobesound

    jiminhobesound Well-Known Member

    .378 Weatherby, only three times and I did not get the scope in the eye. Thompson, fun, Grease gun and kept the dust cover open. Sawed off 10 guage single barrel.
  3. dirtymike1

    dirtymike1 Well-Known Member

    I've shot the biggest cannon one can shoulder, the Mosin Nagant :D

    I've also shot a sawed off 12 gauge and that was a hoot
  4. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    I've shot an M2 machine gun and two anti-tank guns - a 20mm Lahti, and a .55 Boys. I grew up during the 80s in a family that owned many title II guns and some of my fondest memories as a kid was getting to shoot a wide variety of machine guns a couple of times a year when we got together and made a weekend of it. Back in the glory days when the surplus ammo was cheap and the guns were too - all relatively speaking, of course.

    Unfortunately, most of those guns were sold off as the prices skyrocketed, and I can hardly afford to feed the ones we still have. Still, I'm extremely grateful to have shot most types of machine guns available for private ownership under the NFA acts.

    Currently, the biggest guns I own is a .50 and a .458 Winchester Magnum.
  5. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    Biggest handgun, .50 AE Desert Eagle. Didn't enjoy it.

    Biggest rifle, .300 WinMag. Kinda like my Mosin Nagant, so I liked it. Also, full auto AK captured in Iraq, Loved it!

    Crew served, .50 M-2 'Ma deuce' Loved it!

    Biggest cannon, 105mm Howitzer on the AC-130. Well, didn't actually fire it, just nearby when it went off. Freakin life-changing!
  6. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member

    Notable big boy toys:
    120mm main gun in an Abrams tank
    25mm autocannon in the Bradley
    M203 (just the chalk rounds though, sadface)
    I'm still waiting on my opportunity to get behind a Mk19 with live rounds.

    The tank main gun is awesome. The concussive noise is outside the tank. Inside you mostly hear the breech moving and shell base bouncing around the turret. From the sights, you won't usually see the round moving downrange because of dust obscuration, but if you're observing from outside the tank you get to watch the rounds fly and sabot petals striking the ground. It's pretty cool. Here's a vid I put together last year, I recommend starting out with the volume low and turning it up to your liking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVlccXYxiW4

    The Brad is pretty much like a video game. Very quiet inside the turret, most of the noise you hear is from the feed drive for the cannon, and a muted muzzle blast. Unlike the tank, the breech doesn't move so there's nothing to keep out of the way of. You just put your reticle on target and send rounds downrange. As long as you have lased the target correctly, it's pretty hard to miss a stationary target.

    Ma Duece is what she is. A big, loud machinegun.

    The 203 will put a smile on your face the first time, guaranteed. Nothing else feels like that "thump".
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  7. rogertc1

    rogertc1 member

    My big bore guns:)
    Doesn't get any bigger for the average Joe.
    S&W M500 - 700 gr bullet
    Ruger Alaskan 454 Causal
    Beowulf 50
  8. figment

    figment Well-Known Member

    I see no "guns" in the pictures so far :)
  9. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    THIS is a gun:


    11 bore blunderbuss, using 110 grains 2F as the main charge under a huge roundball. Look at the sidewall thickness on that beast!
  10. rogertc1

    rogertc1 member

  11. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    A younger me (circa 1981)


    Also, the M203, but nothing says WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEE!!!! like a belt fed weapon.
  12. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    Biggest caliber I've ever shot? .45ACP ;)

    (Though I've shot a .44, which was more of a kick, but I'm thinking diameter.)

    I slapped myself successfully the other day after spending too long looking at one of those S&W Alaska-suitable revolvers in a ridiculous caliber. Don't want to pay to feed it, even if I was reloading, mining my own copper, and owned a gunpowder mill. Must ... resist ...

  13. BADUNAME37

    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    50 Caliber in several different flavors.:rolleyes:
  14. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    In a handgun, .480 Ruger.

    In a rifle, .470 Nitro Express double rifle (thanks to H&Hhunter). That was fun, but not something you'd want to plink with. :eek:
  15. BIGGBAY90

    BIGGBAY90 Well-Known Member

    .50 cal s&w 500gr----and it hits your hand with a smack back motion
  16. JohnBiltz

    JohnBiltz Well-Known Member

    I've shot .50 cal machine guns, 106 recoiless rifle, and hung 4.2 mortar rounds.
  17. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    Handgun: .45-70
    Rifle: .375 H&H mag

    Nothing really big. I'd like to meet somebody that pulled the triggers on the 16" guns aboard an Iowa.

    My dad was an AA gunner in the service in WWII, but he never talked about it.
  18. 41magsnub

    41magsnub Well-Known Member

    Back in the day... M163 165mm demolition gun in our M728 Combat Engineer Vehicles. It is sort of like lobbing a plastic explosive watermelon.
  19. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    Ma Deuce, M240G, M249, MK19, AT4, and...........................a TOW. The TOW is an interesting story. I was a motorcycle courier while in the Marines. One day my partner and I, you have to ride in pairs, were delivering map overlays to a TOW company while at CAX in Twenty-Nine Stumps. Their Captain said he would let us fire off a couple of TOW's if we let him and his Gunny take our bikes for a spin. A no brainer.

    To be honest it was a little anti-climatic. While I think they are an incredible weapon and can do substantial damage, you don't feel as connected like you would with something belt-fed.

    Now the Ma Deuce or the MK19 is another story. Almost worth my five years just being able to fire those.

    As far as a shoulder fired gun it was nothing special. I believe a Savage 30.06 was the biggest I have fired.


    M1030 was the bikes we had. This is the new diesel model, but when I was in they were still gasoline engines. We had Kawasaki KLR 250's and 650's, CARC painted with blackout lights. There were pretty kick ass.
  20. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    As a former artillery office I had the opportunity to fire lots of big guns.

    8 inch

    Other guns
    M2 (my favorite!)
    M60, also very fun to shoot although its reputation is less than stellar

    I was also a Lance Missile platoon leader in Germany and got to fire the Lance on two different occasions from the island of Crete. This probably doesn't qualify as a gun though. :)


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