Most of the samples of short-barreled weapons, for obvious reasons, cannot boast of either an effective firing range or lethality. However, pistols most often do not need any of the above. They have other advantages, another sphere of "competence". Need pistols for another. Although, of course, there are quite exotic exceptions from general practice. Let's talk about the brightest of them today.
1. Desert Eagle Mark XIX
The Desert Eagle is the most famous pocket gun in modern times. Largely thanks to PR in cinema and video games. The history of the pistol began in the 1970s, when a few enthusiastic designers were on fire with the idea of creating an automatic pistol that fired the monstrous .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum. As a result, the adventures of the engineers resulted in the development of the same Desert Eagle chambered for .50 Action Express. Moreover, this model was created only in 1996. The main thing you need to know about the Eagle is that the muzzle energy when fired with a 12.7x33 RB cartridge reaches 2.1 thousand J. Those who have fired the pistol like to joke about how it recoils like a kick from a horse.
2. Thunder .50 BMG
The Thunder .50 BMG pistol looks like something that escaped from Star Wars. However, let the strange design of this weapon does not deceive you. The gun rightfully bears the title of the most powerful in the world! And the most useless... The fact is that it has never been produced by any representatives of the series and for the most part only travels to gun shows as a curiosity. There is also a legend on the Internet that during the tests, Thunder allegedly broke the arrow in both hands.
Neither the army nor the police like too bulky and overly powerful pistols. The reasons for this are obvious: the pistol must have sufficient stopping power and at the same time be compact. However, there is at least one exception to this rule - the Russian RSh-12. Strictly speaking, this is not a pistol, but a revolver chambered for 12.7x55 mm. RSH was developed in 2000 at the Tula TsKIB SOO. The weapon is intended for the special forces of the FSB of Russia and is included in the "assault kit". The revolver uses special two-bullet, as well as armor-piercing ammunition. A number of technological solutions, such as firing a cartridge from the lower chamber of the drum, and not from the upper one, can significantly reduce recoil.
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4. Pfeifer Zeliska
There are stories that when fired from a Pfeifer Zeliska, some shooters start to bleed from their ears... Hardly anyone nowadays decides to check whether this is really so, but the muzzle energy from the .600 Nitro Express caliber of 10 thousand J makes you seriously to think. Why would such a monstrous revolver be needed at all? It was created in 1955, but it was developed back in the 19th century in Great Britain. The reconstruction was carried out by Pfeifer according to the drawings of the Austrian gun lover and enthusiast Adolf Zielisk. The revolver was conceived as a means of hunting lions, elephants and rhinos.
The Auto Mag pistol is not well known in the media, although it is well known to gun lovers. If only because it was he who, back in the 1960s, became, in fact, the first experiment in “stuffing” a revolver caliber into an automatic pistol. For a long time, designers believed that this was impossible. Harry Stanford and Max Gera were able to prove the opposite with their work. True, for this they had to develop not only a pistol, but also new large-caliber cartridges for it - .357AMR and .44AMR, which were based on rifle ammunition. It took 10 years to develop the prototype, but the result exceeded all expectations: a muzzle energy of 1,375 J, which is 400 J more than the famous Magnum in the hand of Dirty Harry. Until 1982, the Auto Mag pistol sold 10,000 copies.
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