Top xnumx worst pistols
It is necessary to determine in advance the criteria for the selection of bad weapons. I’ll say right away that I most often tolerate any weapon, since the construction itself is far from always responsible for the fact that the weapon shows results significantly lower than expected. Most often, the pistol belongs to the category of unsuccessful due to the fact that initially the weapon was not adapted to perform the tasks assigned to it. From the domestic well-known weapons can be cited as an example of the PSM. Compact, completely flat, this gun was clearly designed for concealed carry, that is, for tasks that include self-defense and a sudden attack. However, the ammunition that is used to power this gun is not adapted for either the first or the second. As a result, we have a gun, which in terms of the totality of solutions is quite good in its design, but the cartridge used does not allow it to be quite effective. If the weapon changed ammunition by raising the caliber at least to 7,62, then using semi-shell bullets this gun would have started singing in a completely different tone. It turns out that the design of the pistol fully complies with the requirements that apply to the pistol in its niche of use, and the cartridge used is more suitable for entertaining shooting and the initial stage of learning how to handle weapons. So is it possible for this reason to call the PSM a bad gun?
The second most common claim to arms can be called problems with the reliability of work. Back in this question is not so simple. Since it has recently become fashionable to scold the Stike One pistol, better known as "Swift," we will take it as an example, although this example will not be entirely correct. In this case, problems with reliability are not due to the fact that the design of the weapon is unsuccessful, although it can be called a success with a stretch, the main reason lies in the fact that the sports pistol was tried to fit the requirements of military weapons. And if in the first case the operating conditions are practically sterile, then in the second dirt, sand, dust, water, are the same integral parts in the mechanisms of the weapon, as is the weapon lubricant. As a result, the gun can not work in adverse conditions, although for a shooting gallery the weapon is very good.
It is not uncommon for guns, which begin to fail with significant wear, to be classified as “bad”. Such an approach to the definition of "goodness" of weapons in general is strange, since nothing eternal happens and everything sooner or later becomes useless. Although at PM, with thorough wear of the trigger, on the contrary, even new functions appear in the form of automatic fire.
It may seem that with such an approach it is possible to justify any design, but in fact, in this way, it is possible to isolate really bad weapons that somehow inexplicably fell into mass production.
Pistol FP-45 Liberator
This product was created as a weapon to support the partisan movement, for which it was used. The main task of this single-shot pistol was not to take part in hostilities, but to take possession of the enemy’s full-fledged weapons. To achieve this goal, the .45ACP cartridge was used in conjunction with the barrel, in which there were no rifles per se. As a result, the accuracy of firing such weapons was simply absent.
What was the result? As a result, the partisans, who previously, perhaps, did not hold any weapons in their hands, had the opportunity to shoot only once, and this had to be done from a distance of a couple of meters in order not to overshoot. Despite the powerful enough .45ACP ammunition, the probability of only hurting the enemy remains high enough, and if the enemy remains conscious, he obviously didn’t hesitate to use his already full-fledged weapon, while the ability to shoot the FP-45 again It was.
You can often find the saying that even a knife is more effective than this pistol. It is difficult to argue with this, but you just need to remember that you need to know how to handle the knife, and most of the partisans are not the highest trained. Yes, and poking a living person with a knife this occupation is not the best for the psyche and not everyone can do it. Despite this, it cannot be argued that this gun clearly does not cope with the tasks set before it, the ability to make only one shot is clearly insufficient even if the .45ACP cartridge is used.
In the grip of the weapon several additional ammunition can be placed, however, it should be borne in mind that the reloading of the weapon will be made in time, almost as much as the reloading of the flintlock gun. The presence of a second barrel would completely correct the situation, especially since the barrel of this pistol is, roughly speaking, a small piece of metal pipe, that is, the item is quite inexpensive. As a result, a derringer would be able to shoot two times to confidently defeat the enemy, and the owner’s chances of surviving using such weapons would increase many times, with a minimal increase in the cost of the pistol itself.
Expander Gun Le Gaulois
The end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century is a real treasure trove of original and unusual ideas that dealt with firearms. Many constructions of that time are more than interesting and much can be forgiven for these constructions, since then the gunsmiths were in constant search for optimal constructions, but among them it is possible to single out something that does not hold water. A clear example of this is the gun Le Gaulois.
This weapon was positioned as a means of self-defense and had a very interesting design. On the back of the pistol there was a moving part, which when pressed, sent the cartridge into the chamber and cocked the drummer, at the end of its movement the drummer was released. Extraction of spent cartridges occurred when moving back under the influence of springs. Such a design of the weapon had a negative effect on accuracy, since the pistol led away before a shot, which in principle was not a big problem, since in self-defense the pistol was used at very short distances.
The biggest problem was the effectiveness of the weapon. So, in a pistol cartridges were used with a caliber of 8 millimeters, the kinetic energy of the bullets of which barely reached the 50 Joule. Here you can say that I contradict myself, questioning the design of the pistol based on ammunition, but not everything is as simple as it might seem at first glance. The low kinetic energy of the bullets of the ammunition used was due, primarily, to the design of the pistol. If you pay attention to the shutter, you can see that the only thing that holds it in its front position is the muscular strength of the shooter. That is, when fired, the same amount of energy of the powder gases will affect the bullet and the bolt through the sleeve. This means that such a design, when using more powerful ammunition, would either lead to injuries to the brush, or flew out of the hands of the shooter when fired.
Since the gun had a low accuracy, its use for entertaining shooting can clearly not be considered.
Thunder pistol chambered for .50BMG
The third in the list is not the most famous, but very interesting design of the epilator for hands. On the whole, the use of cartridges from large-caliber machine guns in pistols is a very controversial idea, the need for which even my stormy imagination could not justify, however, such structures exist and even are mass-produced.
It must be assumed that everything started with a pistol from the company Maady-Griffin, the production of which had a rather advertising character, they say, the company's designers coped with the impact of the large-caliber cartridge, and so successfully that even girls can shoot a pistol under this ammunition. By the way, the active exploitation of the image of fragile girls in the advertising of weapons, we owe them back, in this regard, the company was a pioneer, and it all began not with the top models, but the athletes from the shooting.
In 2004, the company Triple Action decided to make their gun under the ammunition 12,7x99. But this time the weapon has become smaller and lighter. In order to compensate for recoil when firing in addition to the muzzle brake, the pistol has a hydraulic system for rolling back the barrel, however, this is clearly not enough for comfortable shooting. Let's just say, an unprepared shooter at the time of the shot can easily get a head injury or break a pair of unnecessary bones in the upper limbs. In addition, the flame from the muzzle brake is guaranteed removal of hair from open skin on his hands. In other words, the “Desert Eagle” chambered for .50AE is generally a ladies' pistol in comparison with this device.
In general, all pistols and revolvers chambered for the .50BMG cartridge can be entered here, since the purpose of this weapon is completely incomprehensible, except as a demonstration by the manufacturer of its capabilities. One would assume that these pistols can be used to hunt a large beast, but the justified use of such a cartridge would be except when shooting at an elephant, and that is, more effective and comfortable to use ammunition, specially designed for this purpose.
The main reason why such weapons can be classified as the worst is a very high injury risk when firing, even if all safety requirements are met.
Of course, you can pull more than a dozen models of pistols by the ears, choosing them according to one or another criteria. For example, in the list you can see the absence of the generally accepted worst sample of short-barreled weapons - a Nambu Type 94 pistol. But for some strange reason, the Japanese with this gun went through the whole of World War II, which means that subject to certain requirements and conditions, even this structure becomes safe to use and is quite suitable for its intended use.
In other words, before you call a weapon a bad one, you need to look at how badly it is really designed and made, and not compare its characteristics with the best modern samples, which is often the case with foreign authors. Significant miscalculations in the design, the senselessness of the creation - that should be the main criterion for the selection of such samples.
- Mark Poddubny
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