HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Hollywood Classic or Fuddtastic?

    Welcome everyone to the 22nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal or only have fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

    In our last edition, our poll showed that you the readers, found the footlong 10mm 1911 to be an overwhelmingly hot gat.  

    In fact, the gat was indeed so hot that someone swooped in and ended the auction early.  Buyer transamramair02 wasn’t willing to take any chances, and bought the AMT Javelina 10mm for $1,500 Buy It Now.  It appears a dash of practicality and maybe a little Hollywood charm, might have aided the sale of this hot gat.  

    In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at an Olympic Arms OA-93 pistol chambered in 7.62×39.  As is tradition, this pistol is currently up for sale on GunBroker with a starting bid of $2,595.00 and No Reserve.  

    HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Hollywood Classic or Fuddtastic?

    Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

    “You don’t have one of these, do you Jack?” – Pete 

    Hot gat. “Variable, this is Knife, heading to Lindo coffee. Chicken is in the pot.”” – James Reeves

    Love it. Can we add a .50 Beowulf barrel to the deal?” – Giorgio O.

    “”This is variable” I will pay 1 million dollars” – Mike R.

    Selling this strangely chambered Olympic Arms pistol is GunBroker seller txfirearmssales, located in Houston Texas.  Let’s see what they had to say about this Olympic Arms variant.  

    This is a very hard to find Olympic Arms OA-93 Pistol chambered in the rarest caliber: 7.62x39mm. It is pretty much known that only 8 guns were made in this caliber by the factory, and I have seen it estimated that they sold 25 to 35 of the 7.62x39mm uppers. As this is a 2006 OA-93 receiver, it was assembled with one of the rare uppers. We acquired it from a dealer in Olympia, Washington, where the Olympic Arms manufacturing plant has been located since 1975. The OA-93 Pistol is much shorter than other AR15 pistols because its design integrates the recoil system and charging handle into a forged flat-top upper receiver with integral picatinny scope mount rail. This eliminates the need for the buffer tube and charging handle present on the other AR15 pistols. Other features of the OA-93 include a 6″ rifled stainless steel threaded barrel with phantom flash suppressor, free floating aluminum handguard tube with external knurling, and a high capacity 7.62×39 magazine. This one is in excellent used condition with some finish wear and patina on the recoil/charging tube above the barrel, and some handling marks on the free floating handguard. Please refer to the many detailed pics. Comes as shown with a foam filled aluminum case, one magazine, and manual. This would be an outstanding addition to your Black Gun collection.

    John Clark (Willem Dafoe) carries an OA-93 during a rescue mission. Clear and Present Danger, 1994 Source:

    If you haven’t seen 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger” then you probably are having a hard time understanding the staff comments.  The OA-93 was used by Willem Defoe’s character John Clark in the movie during various scenes.  

    It appears that even in the early ’90s companies were still looking for a way to eliminate the buffer tube from the AR design.  The Olympic Arms OA-93 was one of those attempts.  

    As a result, the charging handle was moved farther up on the upper receiver.  This was needed in order to accommodate the new recoil spring assembly.  

    Without a buffer tube at the rear of the rifle, the recoil spring assembly is housed above the barrel.  

    Looking past the “different” recoil spring assembly, and you are left wondering why the optic mount rail is a strange shade of purple.  

    Everything seems wrong on this Olympic Arms pistol, but somehow it feels so right. I can’t fault anyone who considers bidding on this weapon.  I personally think it’s probably the hottest gat we’ve featured on the series thus far.  

    So what do you think?  Is this Hollywood Esque pistol a Hot Gat or some all too strangely modified Fudd Crap?  Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to cast your vote and let us know if this Olympic Arms OA-93 Pistol is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:


    Austin R

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