March 04, 2006

Big Farking Guns!

A friend of mine sent me this clip. He knew I was into shooting and thought I’d appreciate it. The much forwarded e-mail came with the below information. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, and to be honest I’m not about to do the research to find out. Either way, watching the guy about give himself a concussion with the handgun is hilarious.

The gun in the video is basically a "show and tell" custom built on a
Thompson Encore (fancy version of the Thompson Contender).

The Caliber... 600 Nitro Express. That's elephant gun round in a

The story goes that the guy that built it is some kind of custom gun maker,
and built this as an exhibition piece. He takes it to the range with him
just to show it off, and the big guy that shot it (in the
video) had been bugging the builder to let him shoot it. Now think about
this...only until fairly recently (early-mid '80's IIRC) the 600 Nitro
Express was hands down the biggest, nastiest, hardest hitting, and heaviest
recoiling weapon you could buy. It was designed for one simple
knock an elephant flat on his a$$. IMO, it was really built as an exhibition
piece for guys "compensating"...this cartridge is known for breaking
collarbones, arms, shoulders...of the shooter! Think about the gun
world they use what is termed as a "recoil index" to kind of give
prospective buyers an idea of what a gun kicks like. A
30-06 gets a rating of a 1.0, which for many people is about the limit of
what they can shoot multiple rounds thru comfortably. A .243 is rated at
like a .4, a .270 was like a 8, etc.

The .600 Nitro Express is rated at a 9.4...9.4 times more punishing than a

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Posted by Contagion in Shenanigans at March 4, 2006 09:49 AM | TrackBack

In this case, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH gun. My God!

Posted by: Wes at March 6, 2006 08:21 PM

Ouch... I'll stick to my .44, thank you very much.

At least it doesn't rip my fingers off....

Posted by: Graumagus at March 7, 2006 08:17 AM


Posted by: jimmyb at March 7, 2006 02:03 PM