Blow Forward Action Schwarzlose 1908

    Photo (C) Leg Volk

    Ian McCollum (Forgotten Weapons) acquired an Edgertronic camera to capture the fast action of his Schwawrzlose 1908 pistol. He never understood how it functions until now. Slowed down enough he could see how the action works. It is pretty interesting how it picks up the next round. I like his analysis: “It looks like it is on the knife’s edge of not working right”

    According to the owner:

    The initial footage is at 2000 fps, and then I sped it up to 3500. At that point it is starting to get a bit dark (the Arizona desert sunlight will need an artificial boost if I am to record at any higher of a frame rate, but you can get a pretty clear view of what is happening. It’s awfully crowded inside that action, and I’m really surprised that I haven’t had it malfunction on me. Counting frames of the video gives me a total cyclic rate of 0.024 seconds per shot, or (in theory) 2500 rounds per minute. Wow!

    Featured photo by Oleg Volk
    For more information on the gun here is the wikipedia article.

    Nicholas C

    Steadicam Gun Operator
    Night Vision & Thermal Aficionado
    Flashlight/Laser Enthusiast
    USPSA competitor

    Any questions please email him at [email protected]


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