10 Unusual Firearms

The world is filled with unusual weapons of all kinds, both futuristic and antique, and while these particular weapons listed here might be rare, they sure are something to look at and consider. Gun collectors will especially like knowing about these oddities.

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MAGPUL FMG

The FMG stands for folding machine gun. What this is is basically a semi-automatic handgun (in the video below the MAGPUL representative uses a Glock) that is encased in a rectangular case about the size of a large book. This collapsible case can fit in the back of your pocket, and a small flashlight can be attached to the top of the case so it appears as if you’re just carrying a flashlight with one of those big battery packs attached. This FMG is a weapon for concealment that would draw little if any attention from anyone who happened to see the thing, that is until you swiftly unfolded it. But even then, it might not appear to be a firearm except maybe by someone who is familiar with guns and/or trained to spot them. Even though the MAGPUL FMG is technically a handgun, for handling purposes it looks as if you’d use it more like a mini-submachine gun, think Mac 10 or Mini Uzi.

As of 2008, MAGPUL was not selling their FMG, and I couldn’t find it on their Web pages. Perhaps it will be available in the future. However the Web site FullAutoClassics.comis purporting to sell a folding machine gun marketed as the UC-M21 (to my knowledge not affiliated with MAGPUL) available in 9mm, taking Uzi magazines and comes in full auto.

Interestingly enough, the Magpul FMG isn’t the first such device ever created, though it is the most recent one. Gun manufacturer ARES created one back in the early 1980s, though it was not a handgun, but more of a true mini-submachine gun, and was never sold on the market. And, of course, there’s the UC-M21 mentioned above.

Coilguns

Technically, coilguns aren’t firearms. There’s no fire. Without getting into a bunch of science, it’s difficult to explain how a coilgun works, but basically it’s a projectile weapon (often similar in shape and size to a handgun or small rifle) in which coils of electromagnets are used to launch a magnetic projectile.

Apparently no one has perfected a coilgun as of yet, so they’re not very common nor popular. To my knowledge, after much research, no company professionally manufacturers coilguns. Instead, most coilguns are created by hobbyists, those with a love of coilguns. If you’d like to know more, and to see a whole bunch of different designs for coilguns, check out the World’s Coilgun Arsenal.

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7 Comments
  1. Posted February 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Great one. My favorite is still the coil-gun. This article should go on the hot content.

  2. Posted February 19, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Brilliant Write

    Best Regards.

  3. Posted February 20, 2010 at 2:49 am

    interesting..nice share..thanks for this..

  4. Posted February 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That was interesting.

    Thanks,

    Inna

  5. Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Kind of random, but interesting to read.

  6. robert pa;mer
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Your ring pistol was made around 1950-60 in England alonw with a bunch more that was dumped on the market here. It is 2mm, not .06 caliber.

  7. Trevor
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Does anyone know anything about “Pen Guns” that fire 22 cal. rounds. I am about to purchase one for my collection and the current owner has no idea what its worth.

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