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(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?
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.
so, this is it! remember to add a comment, and enjoy!