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5 Unusual Guns That Actually Exist

Pistol with one bullet

Throughout history, there have been numerous firearms that have become a staple within the industry. But what about guns that stray away from the norm? Some guns have been created with different situations in mind, and others try to go for an entirely new approach in comparison to conventional methods.

In no particular order, here are five unusual guns, all of which are pretty interesting but most of which are notably useless.

Squeeze Pistol

The Squeeze Pistol, designed with subtly in-mind, fits in the palm of the user’s hand and one version of the Squeeze Pistol, the C.S. Shattuck Unique, is fired by squeezing the trigger located on the underside of the gun, with either the index or middle finger. This gun featured 4 barrels, and due to the hidden nature, it made it ideal for concealed operations. However, due to primarily chambering a .22 rimfire, the pistol wasn’t particularly powerful and was also ineffective when used at range. As well as this, aiming could be awkward and difficult due to the way the gun was held.

Cane Gun

Similar to other entries featured on this list, the Cane Gun is built in a concealed nature. The seamless walking cane design typically hides a shotgun and was popular during the 19th and 20th-century. These weapons are now strictly prohibited in the UK and are only found in museums and private collections. This gun was featured recently on the Netflix documentary series ‘Evil Genius’, about an attempted bank robbery in 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania. So, if you’ve watched the series, you may recognise this gun.

Elgin Cutlass Pistol

This bizarre, ridiculous gun looks like something from a video game, and that's because it is! If you’ve played Final Fantasy, you’re sure to know the weapon in question, the Gunblade, but did you know that there was a real gun similar to this?! The blade and firearm combination was developed in the 19th-century by a man named George Elgin; featuring an 11-inch bowie knife accompanied by single shot muzzle-loaded pistols. Although this gun looks pretty cool, it was pretty useless, as it was heavy and not very accurate.

Volley Gun

These unusual, old-fashioned guns feature several barrels – you read that right… several. One of the most prevalent volley guns in history is the Nock Gun, due to its portrayal in historical fiction book Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell. The Nock Gun was designed by British inventor Henry Nock in 1779 and fired seven rounds at once, requiring an especially strong individual to use this gun, due to the crazy recoil that it produced.

Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol

This unique, hidden pistol was experimented with during the Second World War and was built into a belt buckle! Opening the belt buckle would expose four barrels along accompanying firing triggers. The intended use behind this concealed belt buckle gun was to issue it to top SS officers, and if the enemy captured them, they would have a firearm hidden away for use. However, there was only a dozen ever created, making use limited or, unlikely. Nonetheless, it still is a very unusual gun!

While these weapons are all intriguing and weird by design, none of them were overly practical. You may be happy to know that here at Surplus Store we have a wide variety of much more practical airsoft guns that will make a great addition to any airsoft arsenal.

Would you like to know about more strange weapons? Check out four Russian sci-fi weapons that never came to be, and if you liked this blog, you’ll probably like to take a look at the weird and wonderful CIA gadgets from history.

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