Washington Times: Worst Firearms Ever Made

Nathan S
by Nathan S

All us writers are highly opinionated (no, really?). We love and we loathe many a firearm, but its not common for us to say anything is “the worst”, as everyone has their own tastes. That however, did not stop the Washington Times, a news outlet not known for its expertise in firearms, from creating a list of “The Worst Firearms Ever Made”.

Calling something “the worst” is difficult, especially if it can reliably make a cartridge go “bang” and reasonably put a bullet in the general intended direction. Still, history has shown us that sometimes achieving these two minimum requirements can be a stretch.

There are a few firearms on the list that I do believe deserve to be on the list. Specifically, the Nambu Type 94 does come to mind (listed 3rd or 13) for all the very reasons the Washington Times states. Alex C agrees in this article.

On the other hand, The Liberator is listed (2nd of 13) due to its cheap manufacture and unrifled barrel, which the Times contends is a bad thing. I believe quite the opposite. The handgun did exactly what it was supposed to do, considering the war efforts. It was cheap, effective (if at short range) and actually reported to be reliable for its single shot.

So, do you think they hit the nail on the head? Or, did the hit the finger and miss the nail? Sound off in the comments. The Washington Times seems to have missed the VB Berapi LP-06.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Brian M Brian M on Dec 15, 2015

    I'm seeing a distinct lack of Mosin/AR/AK/M14/Glock/Hipoint fanboy rage. I'm disappointed; this was a wonderful opportunity to flame bait. In honor of the greatest missed trolling opportunity ever this week, allow me to fix this.

    5 worst firearms ever made.

    5. Mosin-Nagant

    Why? Have you ever thought to yourself "I really want to just put 5 rounds down range as slowly as possible without having to play with my ammo pouch"? Have you ever felt like that you'd love to have an excuse as to why all your shots flew high and right? Do you like shooting ammo that'll rust out your ww2 relic gun just because it's cheap? Do you like dumping 5x the purchase price into modifications and upgrades that hardly do jack? Have you ever felt the urge to try to tell people that a clunky action from the 19'th century that uses an obsolete rimmed cartridge design is equal to a brand new gun designed and built to 21'st century standards? If the answers to even one of those questions is anything but "HELL NO", then get out!

    4. Glock

    What are guns made of? Steel. Why? Because it's strong! What gets made out of plastic? Barbie, things we throw away, and cheap Chinese junk. Therefore, it was a work of amazing stupidity to fashion a gun out of plastic. And what’s more, no safeties like would be needed for the kinds of geniuses who would buy a plastic gun with a mile long trigger pull. And what’s more, dry firing it is part of the takedown process! Can anybody say safety hazard !? But that’s not enough; let’s chamber this Tupperware for puny nine millimeter, just so wimps and women don’t hurt their dainty wrists. Oh, but now there’s a Glock in every size and every caliber? It’s still a plastic gun that only got popular because it got given cheap to cops who couldn’t shoot well enough to use a 45 or a revolver, or got confused by things like safeties, or could handle guns built by men for men for use on men.

    3. AK

    It weighs about as much as a Garand, only it’s round doesn’t hit even half as hard, fly half as far, or shoot one percent as straight. Beloved by children under 12 for being their favorite in Battlefield of Duty: Black Warfare 5. Beloved by basement-dwelling neckbeards for supposedly never jamming, beloved by terrorists being easy enough for even an uneducated sheep shagger, or even his little nephew to use, and cheap enough to buy five in the place of a loaf of wonderbread, or a pack of condoms to deal with the fact that the user likely has more kids than teeth and wives than he can count on one hand. And beloved by American heroes, because nobody using it can hit them.

    2. M1911

    Take the Glock, make it out of plastic, now cut its firepower in half, now strap a dumbbell to it, now make it complicated and fiddly as hell, and now, as the one good choice you’ll make today, make it 45ACP. Behold the M1911, a pistol so good that insulting it gets more backlash that insulting Mohammed, but since its fans are all pussies, unlike fans of Mohammed, you can just deal with them by getting a bag of marshmallows and roasting them on the flames of e-hate. There’s no guarantee an M1911 will work well out of the box, there’s no guarantee it’ll eat anything but ball ammo, and don’t even dream about spending less than $1500 on one or else it’ll blow up in your hand. But it’s accurate, you claim. At least this pistol is guaranteed to work 100% of the time, if you pay Bubba $3000 to tune it so loose it loses all the accuracy in exchange for just enough reliability to work more predictable than a coin toss.

    1. AR15

    Take the AK, make it light, make it accurate, make it expensive, and make it jam more than it shoots. Congratulations, you have an AR15, the piece of garbage America has been forcing on people since before the Beatles were popular. Best ergonomics, for a right-handed six-footer man. Great sights for the range; forget combat, if it even comes with a sight at all, you might get a rifle that’s at least a bit practical. Over nine thousand makes and models of the AR15 exist, and they’re all junk apart from the one used by whoever’s talking to you on the internet, whose gun is off course junk according to everyone else. Operators use this gun because they’re forced to, and wannabe operators think it’s cool until they have to invent BS excuses for why it jams, just like M1911 guys, why it’s made of plastic, just like Glock guys, and why it has even less power than the already getting weak AK. And unlike the Mosin, you can’t even call this gun historical, because they’re still making it!

  • Brian M Brian M on Dec 15, 2015

    I'm seeing a distinct lack of Mosin/AR/AK/M14/Glock/Hipoint fanboy rage. I'm disappointed; this was a wonderful opportunity to flame bait. In honor of the greatest missed trolling opportunity ever this week, allow me to fix this.

    The 5 Worst Guns EVER!!!!!

    5. Mosin

    Did anyone ever really say, "I'd love to put 5 rounds down range as slowly as possible without using a muzzle loader? You ever feel like an excuse why all your shots're goin high and right, if you can even interpret that galaxy of holes as a "group"? Do you like shooting ammo that'll rust out priceless pieces of history? Are you the kind of man to spend 5 times the purchase price of a rifle to install mods and upgrades that hardly do jack? Do you get urges tell people a clunky action from the 19'th century with an obsolete rimmed cartridge is equal to or better than a brand new gun made to 21'st century spec? If you don't answer "HELL NO" to all of these, get out!

    4. Glock

    What do people make guns from? Steel. And why do people use steel for guns? Because it's strong! Good. So, tell me what gets made out of plastic. Barbie, things we throw away, and Chinese junk. So why would you make a gun out of plastic? Moreover, don't give it any safeties, knowing the amazing intellect of people who'd purchase plastic guns with trigger pulls longer than Atlas Shrugged. For even more brilliance, require it to be dry fired before you can even take it down! Can anybody say safety hazard!? But wait, there's more! Now chamber that Tupperware disaster for puny nine millimeter, just so dames and dorks don't hurt theirs wrists. Now look, there's a Glock available in every size and caliber, and they all offer good firepower and great reliability, and the marketing even calls it "Glock perfection". It’s still a plastic gun that's only popular because someone gave it cheap to cops who couldn’t hack it with the some-odd half dozen rounds of a 45 or a revolver, or got confused by shiny things like safeties.

    3. AK

    It weighs nearly the same as a Garand, only it’s round can't do have of the things a 3006 can. It's adored by children under 12 because it's the only gun from Battlefield of Duty: Black Warfare 5 that they know the real name of and they can spell. White knighted endlessly online by basement-dwelling neckbeards because somebody on Arfcom or YouTube once told them AK-47's never jam. Terrorists love it, becuase even an uneducated sheep shagger and even his little nephew can use it. And it's so cheap that they can afford one or more with mags and ammo, but they can't scrounge up the money or a pack of condoms or at least some bread, becuase its user likely has more kids than teeth and wives than he can count on one hand. And American heroes love it, too because hajjis can't hit anything with it.

    2. M1911

    Take a Glock, make it out of steel. Now make it all complicated and finicky. Now strap a dumbbell to it. But since you're ruining the firepower, do one marginal good and put it in everyone's favorite overrated pistol round, 45ACP. Behold the M1911, a pistol with a fanbase more rabbid than Sonic the Hedgehog. And just like Sonic, M1911 fans can't deal with the fact a design more than a century old could have possibly been beaten by say, almost every new pistol to come out in the past half century, even if they are chambered for poodle shooter rounds. At least those can guarantee functionality and can eat any ammo you can find; there's no telling if an M1911 can feed anything but underperforming FMJ ball, assuming it even works out of the box. Don't you dare spending under $1500 on one if you don't want it to blow up in your hand like a Glock. But it’s accurate, you sputter. Perhaps, if you pay Bubba $3000 to tune it so loose it loses all the accuracy in exchange for just enough reliability to be more predictable than a coin toss.

    1. AR15

    Take the AK, lighten it and make it accurate. Now put all the controls in weird places, paint it back and make it jam reliably enough to overcome even the US Army's ability to deny problems, and just for laughs, make the starting price $2000. Congratulations, you have an AR15, America's gun equivalent to the Beatles, only people did literally die from this one on both ends. Ergonomics if you're right-handed six-footer man. If you even get iron sights that won't fall off in a stiff breeze, you'll find a choice of two apertures -- one too big to be accurate with and one too small to see through. If not, you'll have to go and spend another half grand or more just to get the ability to aim the thing. At lesat after this, you might get a rifle that’s at least a bit practical. Over nine thousand makes and models of the AR15 exist, and only the internet commenter you're reading right now has a good one, meaning his gun is total junk to everyone else. Operators use this gun because they’re forced to, and wannabe operators too dumb to realize that all the claims of the AR being amazing and super reliable come from people who make their living pushing it. In this grand tradition, these wannabees rapidly make BS excuses for why it jams, just like M1911 guys, and all of their fixes boil down to "spend m04r m0n3ypl0x". And they have to justify why it’s made of plastic, just like Glock guys, and why it has even less power than the mediocre AK. And unlike the Mosin, this one is still in production, so it's not even historical.

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