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Rex Machina

By DaveBarrack
This is Maxima's pistol, a custom job designed to have ridiculous stopping power, and is impractical as anyone without super strength couldn't use it without dislocating and/or breaking their wrist/elbow/shoulder/forehead.

PS I don't know a lot about guns but hopefully the design is within striking distance of being realistic.
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What0Th30R3d0Fox's avatar
Good design!
Its like between a heavy handgun, and sawn-off shotgun. 
Couple of things.

1.  The design is good.  Similar to a Thompson Contender.

2.  There was a custom made .600 NE Thompson Contender made.  It was not designed to be shot, but an idiot insisted.  The  result is comical only because of the clueless confidence of the idiot.  The results are also predictable. www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZL797…

3.  The .577 exists, and is possible to shoot.  Mind you, in a rifle.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrImp-…

4.  Recoil management is key.  Most don't know how to use body mechanics to manage recoil.   Numerous times, I've seen people leaning backwards while trying to shoot a handgun, limp wrist it, and complain about recoil.

Could a "normal" person shoot a .577 pistol?  Probably not.  Could a "professional" shooter?  Probably.  Would "I" want to try it?  No.  At that level, if you're not perfect in your execution, you're going to fail, and it's going to hurt.  

I like how you made it single shot, as excessive recoil does strange things to rounds in a magazine, worse to rounds in tube.
this looks like it could be fun to design and build in my one program. would you mind if it did?
DaveBarrack's avatar
That'd be great. I tried to commission a guy on DA who was really good at drawing guns but he didn't have time. I think he probably got a job at a video game studio or something.
i am working on designing it a little in my spare time but i am doing so very slowly. if i get it mostly done at some point i will send you some pictures.
hellsbane666's avatar
In the words of Walter Dorneas from Hellsing, 'too much gun for any HUMAN to handle'. Anybody besides Maxima (and possibly Achilles) who MANAGED to pull the trigger, would get their arm blown out of their socket, by the recoil.
TheRealKilljoy's avatar
May have missed it if someone mentioned it, but DU is also pyrophoric.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrophor…
ENKHANNA's avatar
DON'T KNOW IF THE LINK ACTUALLY WORKS, I CAN SAY ALL COMPONENTS ARE REAL SO THE OUTCOME SHOULD BE EASY TO SEEM REALISTIC.

pimpmygun.doctornoob.com/app.p…

ABOUT THE AMMO IT WOULD BE USING, SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPE OF THEM SHOULD BE AVAILABLE (H.E.A.T., FRAG, INCENDIARY, YOU NAME IT)

I REALLY LIKE THE IDEA OF MAXIMA USING A WEAPON WHEN SHE IS MOST PROBABLY MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY GUN SHE WOULD HAVE IN HER HANDS (EVEN DABBLER'S RAILGUN), THE REASON MUST BE EQUALLY POWERFUL.
ENKHANNA's avatar
A SAMARITAN OF SOME SORT, RIGHT?
PieceofPaper's avatar
Quick read through the comments ... I am surprised that there isn't a comment about the speed of the round.  (Unless I miss it.)
The round will be doing mach 2.205 leaving the barrow.  Super Sonic.
What ever (or Who ever) is shot with one of these rounds will not hear the bang (or BOOM) from the gun till after the bullet has pass through, splattered what ever (or Who ever) and goes it merry way to the next what ever (or Who ever).
It seems like a cool prop for scenes where Maxima puts a gun to someone's head, but I would think that it would be more effective to rely on her energy blasts most of the time (or fly up and punch someone).

If there were some reason that she wouldn't want to use energy blasts such as an energy-blast-resistant enemy, conmserving energy to use for other abilities, or using special exotic bullets for a specific foe (kryptonite bullets, anyone?), then the gun makes sense.  It could also be a piece with sentimental hold-over from a time when she couldn't rely on accurate effective energy blasts (either due to energy requirements or lack of control risking collateral damage), thus requiring a safe ranged attack alternative in military situations.

The recoil stats seem a little ridiculous (maybe an intentional lack of all recoil compensation mechanisms?), but hobbyists have made "pistols" that can fire bullets meant to be used on armored vehicles (I'm sure in a world with real super-humans there would be a lot of gun nuts that keep an anti-tank side-arms "just in case").  A normal person can fire such weapons, but need to use two hands to prevent injury.  This would be an ideal weapon for a super-strong individual who needed a weapon to fight medium-powered supers, such as Achilles, who lacks innate offense powers but possesses all the strength and durability to wield a hand-cannon with ease.
Rainbowfallout's avatar
uhh. Wouldn't the counterweight, if it was on a hinge, swing into the laser sight?
WCCope's avatar
The hinge has a limited swing. It is shown fully open.
Rainbowfallout's avatar
No, look at the bottom counterweight, it has it's own hinge.
doodlebugRP's avatar
That's probably not a hinge. My guess is that the counterweight slides onto a rail, so that its weight can be easily tuned, and is held in place by a very substantial pin so that there's no chance of the outrageous recoil knocking it loose.
Look at some real guns, many, MANY parts are held to the frame with pins.
Rainbowfallout's avatar
True, I guess the rounded area around the counterweight threw me off.
Rifts980's avatar
they make a larger handgun that normal people can and do shoot.
WCCope's avatar
Based on these pics & the tip of the barrel above, the gun above is AT LEAST an 80 cal (.80)
Rifts980's avatar
It says .577 brah
A-Gray-Phantom's avatar
actually, thats not bad. She would definitely have to amp up her super strength and maybe body mass to handle it. Thats like having a short burst retro rocket in your hand.
One minor quibble, Is it single shot, or an over/under design [like an over under shotgun]? If its a single bore, why not move the bore low [think Chiappa Rhino, Vash the Stampede's gun, or the Mateba] to help mitigate muzzle flip. Even with super strength, you have to obey the laws of physics [most of the time]. It would also reduce strain on the firearm.
Yah, I'm a gun nut...and if I had a shop, I'd be building one of these [with a stock and a legal length barrel] just to prove it could be done.
Mattyboodoo's avatar
blerp, as a side note, the front sight post could be a little higher, unless the rear sight is deeper than it looks. SUPER GUN NERD, AWAY! -cartwheels into the sunset-
Mattyboodoo's avatar
Hm. as a gun enthusiast, and a fan, i can honestly say, this looks great! I will admit, i can't rly see how the safety works, but a pull down trigger guard for a break action is a FANTASTIC idea! and seeing as this is a supper's weapon, and judging by the size of it in #53 relative to Maxima's hand, there could be 2 different loading options for this kind of gun in real life. Number one, a single round break action, IE, shoot, action, eject shell, reload. OR, as this gun is meant to be handled by a supper, shells could be loaded in the back (by the words "break pekease") like they would the under side of a semi auto shotgun, maybe up to 3 of the 3.7 inch rounds in a loading tube below the barrel, and a final fourth round in the chamber, with a big old right side ejection port, but it would have to slide down, instead of back to compensate for the compactness of the gun, and the massive 2.99 inch shells it would be expelling. Ether way, semi auto or break action, this is one of THE sexiest guns i have ever seen, and i would hate to be on the wrong end of it. So, thanks for putting up with my gun geekieness, live long and prosper, love and tolerate, may the force be with you, and i can WAIT to see some more of your deadly creations! ^3^
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