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Posted: 2/28/2006 3:08:00 AM EDT
I was thinking about some of the coolest guns I've seen in my life, and thought I would share what I think is the coolest, because many people will never get to see it in person:

I took a tour of the KGB's (closed to the public) museum last year and was permitted to be within 1 foot of Francis Gary Powers' suppressed Hi-Standard pistol. I wanted so badly to take a picture of it, but they wouldn't let me .

Anyway, that was what I think is the neatest gun I've seen because of its historical significance.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:17:45 AM EDT
AR15 or the Barret .50....
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:19:53 AM EDT
A DEAGLE wit da beams YO!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:20:04 AM EDT
The AUG A2 in my safe.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:20:15 AM EDT
Seen?

The one mounted on an M1.

Tastes like 120mmmmmmmmmmmmmilimeter.

Shot?

the 25mm Bushy on Alpha Red-4 (M3 CFV)

Oh, you meant small arms?

The AR-15, of course
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:20:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 3:26:29 AM EDT by AFSilverado]
A Transferable HK 51 or a dealer sample MP5K!
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Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:28:46 AM EDT
It's gotta be one of these two:

The Atomic Cannon





Or, Anzio Annie

Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:33:10 AM EDT
GE minigun at Bulletfest a couple years ago. That was like...magic.

Then someone brought an MG-42 to one of our little SW Ohio shoots at Millers. A very intimidating rate of fire--pretty amazing, actually.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:41:47 AM EDT
Let's see....Grandad's Colt Peacemaker (carried by his grandfather when AZ was a territory) is pretty cool--lotta history there... Barret M82 (shoots like a wet dream) is nice as well. MP5K PDW is my favorite to play with, but the G18 is a close second...The suppressed .50 is a head turner as well..A suppressed M1 SOCOM is a hoot, and same goes for a SBR'd 16 with a can...

20mm Lahti is pretty neat and it makes the Barret sound like a popgun. The 90mm anti-tank gun is a whole different world of loud, and the M134s sound like something ripping a hole in the world.
The hand cranked Hotchkiss cannon is neat (37mm gatling gun) and sooooo pretty--shiny polished brass and octagonal barrels...The 37mm bofors are pretty freakin sweet as well.

But one of the coolest ones I've gotten to play with recently is the much vaunted "Gun From Heat", the FNC....

GT
Yes, I am a lucky bastard!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:48:06 AM EDT
Last week I finally got to look at a friends private collection and got to fondle:

FG42 1st and 2nd model
Swiss FG42 copy
STG 45, the only one I've ever seen in person
Villar Perosa
4 Colt potato diggers
a bunch of other stuff that I knew nothing about, such as brass Maxims and Japanese copies of Vickers
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Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:52:15 AM EDT
The first time I ever saw an SP1 in a gunstore, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. At $200, it was out of reach for me at the time. That being old hat now, the coolest thing I ever saw was a Gyrojet presentation model in its own wooden case.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:52:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 4:09:26 AM EDT by 53vortec]

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
I honestly believe the "coolest" weapon I've ever encountered is the Mk19.





A BIG +1

While I didn't see the guns themselves, watching an AC-130 Spectre in action rates as one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:57:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 53vortec:

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
I honestly believe the "coolest" weapon I've ever encountered is the Mk19.



i2.tinypic.com/orkux4.jpg

A BIG +1

While I didn't see the guns themselves, watching an AC-130 Spectre in action rates as one of the coolest things I've ever seen.



I get to see AC-130s everyday. I guess they're cool, but you're kinda numb when you work on them everyday.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:58:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JCKnife:
GE minigun at Bulletfest a couple years ago. That was like...magic.

Then someone brought an MG-42 to one of our little SW Ohio shoots at Millers. A very intimidating rate of fire--pretty amazing, actually.



GE Mini-gun at the Camden, TN shoot.

LB
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:59:38 AM EDT
One of the Thompsons used at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Maybe not the "coolest," but one of the most historically important guns I have ever seen.

Unless it was Booth's derringer.

For a history head like me, cool = historically important.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:59:42 AM EDT
Albert Speer's PPK and Richard Bong's 1911A1 at the US Airforce museum.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:08:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 4:14:01 AM EDT by zanthope]
Saw this at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, KY last year - it's a .45 Colt.


Lots & lots of cool armor there, too, including a King Tiger tank.

ETA: did ya'all know Patton was an Olympian in the early 1900's? He competed in the Pentathalon - swimming, fencing, riding, running, and shooting, and finished fifth overall. It's thought that he may have been inadvertantly cheated on his pistol scores. He was such a good shot that some rounds went through the same hole, but the judges called them misses, which cost him valuable points.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:09:38 AM EDT
mk 19 automatic grenade launcher
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:13:43 AM EDT
Sounds odd, but when I was a little kid the gun that struck me was a punt gun with original boat in a museum. I would still love to own one (w/ original boat). That is what made up my mind that I wanted to learn about guns. I had seen plenty before and my father had around 40 at the time, but that one really got me interested for some reason. I think I was 5.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:24:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 4:26:49 AM EDT by TomF32]
Here's a pic of the coolest gun I've fired.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:30:02 AM EDT
I'm surprised nobody listed it yet.....

WESTINGHOUSE MODEL M25 PHASED PLASMA RIFLE (40w range)



Seriously, the coolest gun I've ever seen would have to be the collection of guns in the Governors mansion at Williamsburg. Just too cool to believe - hundreds of rifles, pistols, and swords.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:31:46 AM EDT
Minigun mounted on APC, privately owned.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:59:50 AM EDT
a .475 Wildey and a M82A1 from the Norwiegan .mil
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HK 417 at the AUSA show.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:08:58 AM EDT
I put a couple of mags through a P90 and the semiauto Barrett .50.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:13:18 AM EDT
I filmed this two day ago:

Go here:
home.earthlink.net/~q3131/data/

Right click and save as: PICT0036.MOV

Quicktime required.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:43:53 AM EDT
The class III full size Uzi I got to shoot when I was 9.

The only other gun I had ever shot at the time was a single shot .22... it was days before the smile came off my face!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:46:09 AM EDT


got to play with one when I was a kid. was and still is my favorite. if it shoots anything like a normal 92fs then I wont have a problem with it even on full auto/burst fire.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:51:24 AM EDT
Seen one of these in action at a closed show at a army base a few years ago. Probably the collest thing I have seen.

Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:52:30 AM EDT
I thought this was a thread about guns...... funny
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 7:09:51 AM EDT
105mm.

also mounted on the AC130 for aerial fun
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 7:16:08 AM EDT
HK21E & 18" Barrett M82A1....

Both are pretty incredible.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 7:20:14 AM EDT
M-249 SAW that the asshole dealer wouldn't let me touch because I don't have a badge.

I don't need no stinkin' badge!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 7:20:51 AM EDT
This little sucker:


Link Posted: 2/28/2006 7:38:51 AM EDT
Richard Bongs 1911
M-16 used in the movie Heat
My dads Colt Comando
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 10:09:34 AM EDT
-Patton’s SAA at the museum as mention earlier
-Ugo Beretta presentation M92 s/n1 in the M9 assembly room at Beretta Armi in Gardone
-Colt IMP (one of 4 prototypes) at the Air Armament Museum (Eglin AFB)
-Marlin lever gun (.32-20 I think) papered to Doc Holiday. I got to hold that one.
-Unmolested GUU-5 (thanks Steve)
-2 sequentially s/n Colt 1903 pocket hammerless NIB lettered to the OSS
-Webley silent pistol (at a gun show in Stuttgart)
-NIB Liberator pistol at the same show


I also worked on a well worn High Power a few years ago that needed tuned up a bit. When the gentleman came to pick it up I asked why he was so seemingly attached to it and he said it was issued to him in 1961-2 when he went to V.N. with the CIA and he’s seldom been without it since. I thought it sounded like BS initially until his CIA story was confirmed by a retired bird who’s known the guy for 20+ years. I’d love to hear some of those stories.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 10:19:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 10:19:43 AM EDT by OBird]
I've seen quite a few guns "in the flesh (steel?)", but I must say the one that stands out as being the most emotionally moving is seeing the little black powder muzzle loader "pistol" that killed Lincoln (on display in the museum underneath Ford's Theater).
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 10:20:25 AM EDT
HK MG43 at Shot Show.

Link Posted: 2/28/2006 10:22:30 AM EDT
All original MP44 bringback that "doesn't exist"
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 10:24:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By OBird:
I've seen quite a few guns "in the flesh (steel?)", but I must say the one that stands out as being the most emotionally moving is seeing the little black powder muzzle loader "pistol" that killed Lincoln (on display in the museum underneath Ford's Theater).



+1 on that Derringer.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:17:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:

Originally Posted By OBird:
I've seen quite a few guns "in the flesh (steel?)", but I must say the one that stands out as being the most emotionally moving is seeing the little black powder muzzle loader "pistol" that killed Lincoln (on display in the museum underneath Ford's Theater).



+1 on that Derringer.



I wasn't sure if it was technically considered a Derringer or not, thank you for clarifying.

It is a very unique feeling, staring down the muzzle of the barrel that was used to kill one of this nation's most famous presidents.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:21:53 PM EDT
An H&K USP 9mm.


Why?

Because it was the first gun I ever bought.


Rifle: FAL
Its the right arm of the free world for pete's sake!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:25:59 PM EDT
Numerous WW2 weapons, and the coolest gun ive gotten a chance to shoot was a SW 500
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:29:58 PM EDT
At the Springfield Armory in Springfield Massachusetts;
M-1 Garand, serial number 1.

Also on that the second coolest trip coolest gun. There were som Civil War reenactors camped on the south lawn and they had a six-pounder. They fired a blank round (one pound of black powder) as a demonstration. Ooooo, i want one!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:32:54 PM EDT
One that I humped - M67 90mm recoiless rifle
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:37:52 PM EDT
The Secret Nuclear Weapons Museum at Kirtland AFB/Sandia, not to be confused with the "Public" museum. I think I had wood seeing all the internals to so many examples of "Instant Sunshine".
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:38:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BerlinVet:
One that I humped - M67 90mm recoiless rifle



I have always liked the recoiless rifles.


However for me it would be the quad .50.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:43:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 3:44:05 PM EDT by BuckeyeRifleman]
Springfield musket from the civil war sitting in my gun safe, or my SA CMP M1 Garand made in september 1942,

two wonderful peices of history, and two guns ill never sell
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