Weirdest Rifle I Have Seen… Ever…

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I have been around firearms all of my life, and working in the firearms industry for some time now.  In that time I have seen some interesting things.  I have seen scopes shimmed with toothpicks, 1911 grip that was covered in steel putty to make a “custom fit” grip.  But this time I can honestly say that this is the weirdest firearm modification that I have ever seen.  A reader sent this in, and really I can understand why.

The skeletonized stock looks to be made from hand ground steel with a wood bedding system.  The action appears to be that of a Carcano, and the magazine is handmade as well.  As the listing states, I would really have this checked out by a gunsmith before I got ammo anywhere near the thing, that is once you figure out what caliber it is. Although someone did buy the rifle, the listing closed with a high bid of $180.

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Check out the rest of the pictures from the listing… The actual gunbroker listing can be found here: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=430972106

Thanks Dmitry for the tip!




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  • Random FFL

    You guys post some weird stuff. I knew about this auction the day it started but I didn’t think it was worth blogging about.

    • Chief Homeslice

      What size is the readership of your blog? Got a link?

      • dan citizen

        Potential followers want to know.

      • Miles

        I think the context was THIS blog in particular but, I might be mistaken.

    • Unique for sure but it’s also interesting what people can create with limited materials and an idea.

  • M.M.D.C.

    You got me there; it’s weird! It looks like rough cast aluminum. Sort of a “use what you got, do what you know” approach to gun making.

  • Verner

    Kill it with fire.

  • gunslinger

    wall hanger?

    • dan citizen

      you’d need a sturdy wall, it looks heavy.

  • Eric S

    Not that bad. Throw a coat of paint or 6 on it and it’d look decent. This doesn’t hold a candle to the Johnson rifle that was covered in green AR furniture.

    • wetcorps

      …as well as garden furniture.

  • jamezb

    The fore end appears to be a folding monopod.

  • Rogier Velting

    Of all materials they could’ve picked for bedding, they chose wood… There’s a reason most modern precision rifle chassis systems use a metal bedding surface, it’s more repeatable and requires less maintenance, and it’s likely to be more accurate.

  • jiminmt

    Strange alright. I hear that one can make a 12 gauge shotgun [or whatever caliber or gauge one wishes] from a 6 inch plumbing pipe and screw-on end-cap with a hole in it, a stout rubber band, some electrical tape, and a nail. So, someone went to a lot of trouble trying to be “inventive” – should not deserve any derision. I bet it actually does shoot, and won’t explode, if, as writer notes, the caliber is determined… Home-made. The wave of the future after confiscation…

  • john huscio

    Looks like something you’d see in the hands of a rebel “sniper” in Syria or lybia

  • Profbathrobe

    What is this steampunk nonsense?

    • Zebra Dun

      It’s Klingon I think, some kind of dastardly disruptor.

      • Yellow Devil

        Pew-pew, laaaazer…

  • Cymond

    It’s amazingly ugly, but even more unique. I would to have it just to show it to people, but I’m not sure how much I would pay for such a thing. The surface could be sanded and finished with Duracoat or Cerakote or something. That forearm alone must be several pounds of steel, and I really think it hinges down into a monopod. I’m not sure if the scope is parallel to the bore, though.

  • displacer

    Looks like someone got a common Jakobs loot drop and decided to gunbroker it

  • Mike N.

    I’m curious as to what is the deal with the trigger guard/”pistol grip” area of the stock. Brief internet research indicates the scope is Japanese of 60s-70s vintage.

  • BryanS

    At least they used the proper sized speed hole. Dont want the rifle going faster than the round!

  • Bill

    High school metalshop? Prison metalshop?

  • Beaumont

    Is it just me, or does the magazine appear to be inserted back to front?

    • Bill

      I wondered the same.

  • Secundius

    So its a no-frills package rifle, whats weird about that.

  • joedeats

    I think it’s pretty amazing, I love seeing handmade things even if they don’t work there’s something about a real human moving through the creative process that I enjoy seeing. I think 180 was a steal, it’s modern weapon art, I’d love to know the story behind it. That would make a great article for TFB.

    • Seth Hill

      I agree, I think TFB needs to do some investigation and do an article. I’d have bought it, would have made an interesting wall hanger at the very least.

  • Zebra Dun

    Dang! I’ve seen a gun made in a machine shop that shot bolts using compressed air.
    That looks safer than this.
    A Carcano action, that’s different at least.

  • A real Raygun Gothic piece!

  • Maxbeard

    No rails?

  • Chris Jowers

    I saw it the first day out too I am pretty sure the stock is made out of melted beer cans and notice the wood in the mag I was just surprised it sold for so high

  • jimpeel

    The stock appears to be made of aluminum, not steel as the writer surmises. How a homespun stock would make the action of the working part unsafe is a mystery. As long as the barrel, chamber and bolt are in good condition the presence of a weird stock, or no stock at all, should have nothing to do with the integrity of the firearm.

  • Finkster

    Under the radar firearm. Makes sense to me.
    Law abiding citizens would only need to use it for home security. Looks like it’s a bib enough caliber to where you would need to only plant one where it counts.