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Multi-Caliber Firearms

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posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 04:19 AM
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I like the Witness steel frame pistol for a convertible automatic handgun. I like the Blackhawk convertible for a revolver. I think the .357 model offers the most versatility due to the number of calibers it can safely fire.

As far as rifles go, I think the right AR platform offers the most convertability with all of the different upper receivers available. The Contender or Encore are of course very convertible, but if you're fighting you'll want an auto loading rifle for close combat.

An encore and contender with the right barrels could function as a secondary medium or long range weapon, but those barrels will add weight to your gear. Probably too much weight altogether to pack around. If you had a way to carry them though, they would be good guns to have along if it came down to scrounging for ammo. You could cover the calibers with the Encore and Contender that you couldn't with your other guns.




posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 04:57 AM
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a reply to: roguetechie

Are some Uzis convertible, or is that just wishful thinking on my part?



posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 05:04 AM
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originally posted by: DAVID64
I have an old Colt target pistol, that goes from 22 lr to 22 mag, just by changing the cylinder. Since my Mom is 74 and can't control the recoil of anything bigger, she keeps it for self protection. I keep it loaded with the magnums and while 22 is not the ideal caliber, it's better than throwing rocks.



Chiappa makes a rifle I really want. Just by changing barrels, you get an assortment of calibers and the change out is very quick and easy. I'd love to have one, but it's out of my price range right now.

www.thefirearmblog.com...



Actually David you don't change the barrel on that Chiappa gun. The tubes you see are inserts that fit into a 12-gauge barrel, allowing it to chamber the appropriate round. These tubes will work with many different 12-gauge break barrel shotguns, not just the Chiappa. I like the M-6, though the reviews I've read gave it less than stellar results. It's pretty cool for what it is though, and a very versatile firearm for sure.



posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 02:00 PM
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a reply to: TheBadCabbie

Not without pretty extensive internal work AFAIK. Basically there's a certain amount of caliber conversion you can do to any gun, but for most like the Uzi it's just not a field conversion pack.

Now if what you're really asking is could an Uzi style subgun be made that allows quick caliber swaps, then my answer is ABSOLUTELY!

The AR based subs and things like the just right carbine already exist.

Edit: On the Uzi specifically there's been a few guys that fabricated their own lower receiver / fire control group that take glock magazines, which is a great start to building an Uzi into a multi caliber firearm. However, just as something to consider, the Uzi is actually a damn boat anchor of a gun and much larger than they seem to boot! Yes I've built semi auto Uzi SMG's as 16 inch barrel carbines and one mini Uzi pistol all in fully legal closed bolt semiautomatic form. I've also bent and welded a couple MAC flats. Personally I settled on the CZ26 for my personal buzz gun needs (aka when I just NEED to smile I grab a box of tokarev or 9x19 out of the ammo locker and go blow through a high cap mag as fast as I can pull the trigger... Gotta keep it legal)

As much as I love multi caliber solutions I have to admit that a foot locker full of affordable serviceable single caliber guns is probably just as viable of an option for using up scrounged ammo especially in the age of laser bore sights and 3-5 shot 100 meter zeroing.
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posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 03:26 PM
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a reply to: TheBadCabbie

I had to cut my last post short due to an urgent mission to rescue a $15 recliner from the great and powerful offer up... In the last week with $20 spent we've acquired a nice recliner and the best damn waffle iron I've ever owned. Now onto part 2 of my last post.

I've been kicking around a much less ambitious version of a pistol project I worked on for quite awhile. Previously I was working on a multi caliber clone of the gsh-18 Russian rotating barrel locked short recoil pistol. Now I'm working on a much simpler but larger bullpup combat pistol / carbine design using the same locking system. If I build it it will use a mix of AR15 components, off the shelf magazines, custom designed magazine wells that can be 3d printed machined or stamped, and other custom machined or modified commercial components.

My goal is to get a simple single caliber build and a couple magazines to come in between $200 & $300 in components and cutters and jigs.

I'm considering doing this mostly just to prove that good quality pistols that are durable, reliable, and functional don't have to be a rich man's game. Secondary motivations include making an option available that doesn't require a huge investment or reduced expectations to get into the light center fire cartridge world where the majority of ammunition deals exist at this point. Finally, I want something available to motivated but cash strapped people who want a quality defensive arm and for gunsmith students and diy types that's cheap enough for them to build and go wild modifying.

Plus there's the whole i consider the rotating barrel locking mechanism to be the future of pistols and PDW platforms thing he he.

It's also the low portion of my traditional high low mix of projects I prefer to do since the other thing I'm working on is very useful and potentially a big step up in firearms accessories, but just won't be cheap any time soon even if it works out better than expected.



posted on Sep, 10 2016 @ 05:24 AM
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Desert Tech makes a convertible ambidextrous freakin' bullpup rifle, the MDR or Micro Dynamic Rifle. It came up in another thread here so I thought it should be added to this thread.


deserttech.com...
The website says it can be converted to five different calibers. .300blk, 5.56x45, and 7.62x51 are three of them, I'm not sure what the other two are. This gun is coming soon, says the website, so not in civilian production yet. Not cheap either...
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posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 12:00 AM
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a reply to: TheBadCabbie

By not cheap you mean around $2700 for the base platform and $600-$900 for each caliber swap.

Unfortunately it's seeming to have been caught up in preproduction.



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