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Modelo 1885 Espingarda Semi-Automatica by caiobrazil Modelo 1885 Espingarda Semi-Automatica by caiobrazil
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so, Der-Vulf :icondervulf: (AKA Uflr, AKA Khornatenreich, AKA whatever other Alt he has) challenged me again, this time to make a shotgun with a magazine design similar to the Blake rifle ( www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/20… ), but being semi-auto/full auto and having some Gewehr 43 inspiration. well, this was the result, and i guess i went some steps ahead of that. enough speaking, let's go to the description, shall we?
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in the 1880's, when Little Brazil still had no army, just a national militia, said militia felt the need for a rapid-firing shotgun in order to help in confronts with some "pirates" that were constantly attacking harbors and ships. the development of semi-automatic weapons was only starting to babystep at the time, however Little Brazil gunsmiths saw them as promising. as such, a new, semi-automatic shotgun was designed, the Modelo 1885 Espingarda Semi-Automática (Model 1885 Semi-Automatic Shotgun). it featured an unique design: the magazine was cylindrical, loaded by an also cylindrical en-bloc clip. said en-bloc clip contained 7 rounds; with a round in the chamber, it could be loaded with up to 8 rounds. these rounds were 16-gauge shotgun shells; despite being rimmed, the en-bloc clip was specially designed to allow feeding with such rounds. the action is a simple short recoil mechanism.

to load the weapon, the operator would proceed as following: he would first open the hatch that covers almost the whole underside of the reciever, then grab a cylindrical en-bloc clip from his belt and pack it into the magazine, then just slam the hatch to closed position; no accurate positioning of the clip was necessary due to the fact that the hatch door was accurately shaped to align the clip by itself. the operator would then just pull the cocking handle and chamber a fresh round.

alternatively, the soldier could also engage safety before pulling the cocking handle back; the safety does not only disengage the firing mechanism, it also disengages rotation of the magazine and allows the bolt to be locked back. this way, the soldier can pull the bolt back and load a spare round into the chamber; then he would disengage safety. he would now have 8 rounds ready to fire from his shotgun.

this feature also opened other possibilities, such as allowing stripper clips to be used to load the weapon without having to change en-bloc clips. as such, the weapon was designed to allow usage of stripper clips. the en-bloc clip was also specially designed to function as a "normal" magazine when loaded into the gun, allowing it to be loaded while inside the gun via an external stripper clip.

the weapon features simple sights in a "ghost ring" pattern. they are not adjustable. it also features a cleaning rod; however, it is "hidden" inside the handguard. despite this, it is not hard to take out. it also includes a cleaning kit in the stock.

the weapon could be used with a spike bayonet that would be unscrewed so the two parts can separate, attached over the barrel, behind the front sight post, and then screwed on again. despite looking fragile, the blade was made from high-quality steel and was very durable and sturdy.

the weapon quickly gained a reputation for being easy to use, sturdy, surprisingly reliable and extremely effective; it earned the nickname "vassoura de convés" (deck broom), as it could easily "sweep and clean the deck of an entire ship". it performed its job well indeed; the national militia was more than capable of stopping pirate attacks, sometimes even before the pirates could actually board the target ship. it was used during WWI and WWII too, and later versions (post-WWI) were chambered for 12 Gauge. some of these are still in use today; they were also extensively used by resistance groups during both the first and second USBN liberation wars. it has been and is used in all its versions.


there were multiple versions:

- Modelo 1885 Espingarda Semi-Automática (semi-automatic shotgun): the very first version.

- Modelo 1885 Espingarda Automática (automatic shotgun): second version, allowing for automatic fire. introduced in 1901, it featured a built-in compensator and modified fire selector. it was proved to be very effective.

- Modelo 1885 Fuzil Semi-Automático (semi-automatic rifle): introduced in 1908, it featured many modifications, the biggest one being the change to a rifle cartridge, the 30-06 Springfield. it could be loaded with up to 12 rounds of said round in the en-bloc clip/magazine. with a spare round in the chamber, this number would go to 13. it also featured a much longer barrel, handgaurd, and a wooden upper handguard instead of the metal heat shield. it also had new sights, "borrowed" from the Modelo 1900 Fuzil de Ação por ferrolho (itself a "copy" of the Mosin-Nagant), being adjustable. its barrel was also similar to the barrel of the Modelo 1900; because of this, it was able to mount Modelo 1900 Baionetas (bayonets).

- Modelo 1885 Carabina Semi-Automática (semi-automatic carbine): introduced in 1910, it is a short-barrel version of the Modelo 1885 Fuzil Semi-Automático.

- Modelo 1885 Carabina Automática (Automatic Carbine): introduced in 1920, it allows for automatic fire and as such has a modified fire selector and a heat shield instead of upper handguard. it would later be remembered as an automatic battle rifle that tried very hard to be an assault rifle.
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so, this is it! remember to add a comment, and enjoy!
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devijavi Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find this design truly interesting!
And reminds me of the semi auto rifle in Bioshock Infinite.
Although thats a combination of the M14, M1 and M1 Carbine
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:iconcaiobrazil:
thanks!
i actually based it off the Blake infantry rifle, while throwing an early short recoil mechanism and a healthy mix of Gewehr 43.
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devijavi Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find the G43 interesting, but the first semi auto rifle was the mexican Mondragon Rifle or Fusil Mondragon
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BulletChamber Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you give it a folding stock it would make a good carbine.
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:iconcaiobrazil:
i'll have some modernized variants coming here in just a while.
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DerVulf Sep 28, 2013   Artist
Now all ye' need is a "pseudo modernized" variant, just slightly akin' to a PPS43, but with an unfolding forward grip. Designed for your paratroopers or some such. I mean, matey, by all means ye' should keep the ball rolling.

And yes, ye passed the given challenge with splendid results. WELL DONE! 


(I'd also, well, kinda-sorta like to see a pistol-ized model for export to the Ulfran Navy, boarding weapon and whatnot)
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:iconcaiobrazil:
thanks!
yeah, i was thinking about a modernized variant.
thanks! actually it wasn't very hard to make, but yeah, i liked the result as well.
an expoert version? sure!
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DerVulf Sep 28, 2013   Artist
Yep, a pistol model with a larger capacity version of the blake rotary en-bloc, but made for a few more shotgun shells. All configured into a boarding pistol for the Ulfranes Flotte.
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:iconcaiobrazil:
as it is for Ulfr, i take it that you want it in a bigger cartridge as well, perhaps 12 or 10 gauge?
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DerVulf Sep 28, 2013   Artist
Seriously though, keep the heatshield on said boarding-pistol/handgonne, please. Maybe an aiming bead? Eh, I'll leave the sights up to you.
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