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Steampunkesque 50 cal Rifle Answered

I'm not a huge fan of steampunk, with the exception of Lady Clankington ;-), simply because much, nay most of it, exists just as a prop, not a a functional object.  So when I ran across this beautiful rifle, I just had to share.

The most amazing thing, is that someone handcrafted this in their home machine shop.  Truly a master craftsman.

Steampunkesque 50 cal Rifle


BEAUTIFUL work. I'm going to assume he just did the stock, receiver etc... and bought the barrel. I just can't see anyone making their own .50 BMG barrel at home. My only nit pickin' point is the lack of a muzzle brake, is he planing on mounting it on his steamship? I SUPPOSE it would mess up the classic sporter lines.

From the comments on the site:

it probably weighs 30-40 pounds, that would do a lot to make up for the lack of a muzzle brake.

Ok great, so I have 40 pounds of steel and wood to help tame massive recoil. Hehe. I dunno never fired a .50 cal.

.  A muzzle brake does little, if anything, to tame recoil. It is there to limit barrel rise so you can reacquire your target faster for the next shot. Not many ppl use a .50 cal for speed-shooting. ;)

Muzzle brakes are often designed specifically to limit perceived recoil. They work by using rearward facing slots on the sides to redirect combustion gasses backward and to both sides, past the shooter. That essentially acts the same way as a rocket, pulling the whole gun foward away from the shooter, which counterbalances some of the gun's rearward thrust from recoil. If you consider that the internal ballistics of a firearm and the internal properties of a rocket are very much similar, you'll see what I mean.

Barrel rise is controlled by muzzle brakes that vent gasses backward from slots on the top of the brake. Obviously, with a firearm chambered in 12.7x99mm, that's undesireable because the shooter would get blasted in the face with combustion gasses. See the brake used on large bore rifles like the Barrett M107 as an example, then compare them to brakes like the Battlecomp that are used on small bore rifles like AR15s.

I've fired M107's both with and without the muzzle break. It makes a very tangible difference in the recoil but maintaining site picture is challenging on any .50 without some sort of mechanical recoil buffer or mount, break or no break. Having also fired both bullpup variants and bolts action "sporter" .50's, I can say from direct experience that the recoil operated muzzle break fitted military models are much easier to handle but they all have serious recoil that is not for the faint of heart or uninitiated. ...but if anyone has a line on bargain M82A2 let me know :)

Especially one designed with two breech blocks.

Personally, muzzle brakes fall into the tactifool category, but they do make for cool pix.

The presence of two breech blocks is not relevant to recoil mitigation, and muzzle brakes are entirely practical for many applications.

Seems I was misinformed :T
But then, you don't see much in muzzle brakes on .22's :D


7 years ago

About how steampunk is never functional so you dont really like it... YOUR COMPLETELY RIGHT.

since it took more that 24 hours to clear the filter, I feel justified.