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Just wondering what was the largest / most powerful or even most fun gun everyone has ever fired.

Me... nothing exciting. .44 Mag but I'd love to hear from everyone else.
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Just wondering what was the largest / most powerful or even most fun gun everyone has ever fired.

Me... nothing exciting. .44 Mag but I'd love to hear from everyone else.
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B.A.R. (Not the hunting rifle, but the military automatic weapon!) Very unique with its two rates of fire. Fires from an open bolt, and it seems like FOREVER while you;re waiting for that 3+ inch bolt to slam home!!!
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a 458 winchester lots of power minimum fun
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I guess that would be my 460V
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Largest and most powerful for me: 105 mm on a ac-130 gunship
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=333bBwivi2Y

Most fun.... .50 cal M2 (Hummer Mounted)

largest handgun.. .50 AE Desert Eagle
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Largest and most powerful for me: 105 mm on a ac-130 gunship
That is INSANELY large!!!!!!
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Eat your heart out!



This little sucker will take out a school bus at 11 miles.

It delivers a 200 lb. high explosive projectile.

Damn, it was fun!

It is an 8 inch, towed howitzer. It went into service during WWII and was used into the 60's. You pull it with a 10 ton prime mover truck, has a crew of eight (which you don't need. It can be shot with about four people.) It will deliver one round per minute.

You need to swab out the "chamber" with a wet mop after each round is fired in order to extinguish any burning powder fragments. If not...you are in for a surprise when you load the charge.
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Boyes Anti-tank gun

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Browning BPS 3.5" 10 ga- that or +p's out of my 337-or the Ithica 20 ga sxs by SKS with 3" mag 20 ga-maybe not the most powerful by a long shot, but each brought tears to my eyes
Now as far as a big boomer and fun-well that would be my Ruger super redhawk in 44 mag or my 686 2.5"(which throws a FLAME like you would not believe)
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Most powerful off the shoulder would be a 400 Nitro. Biggest caliber or diameter would have the be the 3 inch PVC potatoe gun
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Haha the military guys are cheating! Those are some large guns my friends.
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M2 3.5 inch rocket launcher, AKA the Super Bazooka.
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Friend of mine has a .600 Nitro double rifle...it hurts to fire it! Me, most powerful is a Barrett M82A1 .50 cal for a rifle; an Ithaca 10 gauge mag autoloader for a shotgun; and either an S&W .500 or BFR .45-70 revolver.
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The largest "non military" gun was a .30-30 in a Thompson Center Contender. (hand gun)



As to "regular stuff", 300 Win Mag in a rifle.

Largest military "small arms" would be a Browning M1917 air cooled machine gun.

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The "Ma Deuce" Browning M2 .50 Heavy Machine Gun.

Worked on dozens of them while a 2111 in the USMC and USMCR.

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I enjoyed firing a 106MM Recoiless Rifle both while in School at APG and later in the RVN but that second time was part of a "Accidental Death Investigation" so it wasn't near as much fun.
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This little sucker will take out a school bus at 11 miles.

It delivers a 200 lb. high explosive projectile.

Damn, it was fun!

It is an 8 inch, towed howitzer. It went into service during WWII and was used into the 60's. You pull it with a 10 ton prime mover truck, has a crew of eight (which you don't need. It can be shot with about four people.) It will deliver one round per minute.

You need to swab out the "chamber" with a wet mop after each round is fired in order to extinguish any burning powder fragments. If not...you are in for a surprise when you load the charge.
Hey Charlie, one of these sits out front of the Somersworth, NH National Guard building. I grew up climbing all over it and checking it all out. Imagined putting it through it's paces. You got to do the real thing.
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Would be a shoulder fired 90MM Recoiless Rifle at them little NVA coming through the jungle (not to mention M2 Browning .50 cal. machine gun). And a M72 LAW (anti-tank weapon) into NVA bunkers.
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B.A.R. & M-60. Anyone shoot one of these??

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.458 Winchester Magnum and 12ga slugs, both felt the same to me (the .458 was a lot heavier).

I used to sit on an old railroad tie and load my 6 cases with a little Lee .45LC loader. Even then factory would cost a buck and a half a round. I was plinking with a .458 for pennies.

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Largest civilian gun: .375 H&H Magnum.
Largest military gun: Once, as a civilian photographer, the grunts let me pull the lanyard on a 155mm artillery piece. Yowsah!
I had to wear a flak vest, Kevlar helmet, safety glasses, ear plugs and muff-type hearing protectors over those! Whew!
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Ma Deuce M2 .50 Machine Gun but the M60 was way more fun to shoot.

For guns I own a 300 Weatherby. Itís a bit stiffer than a 30-06. Used to be the most powerful 30 cal. Is it still?
As for handguns, I got to shoot a 460 at a S&W demo. Surprisingly recoil was similar to a heavy 44 Mag.
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I never had the opportunity to shoot at Uncle Sam's expense. I did get to fire a .460 Weatherby one evening at a trap shoot - on my friend's nickel. I was allowed two rounds. It was the first and the last time I will shoot a gun that big with a telescope. The scope touched me both times, but did no damage. If I had been less careful, I am sure I would have had a permanent "Weatherby eyebrow."

The recoil was heavier than that of my .378, but did not seem nearly as quick.
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105MM howitzer in ROTC Advanced Camp.
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.25 ACP Raven.

All those .44s and .45s I post pictures of actually belong to tennexplorer.
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USMC M110 Self Propelled 8" Howitzer.

Fire Direction Officer and Forward Observer... but the Gunny would let me yank the lanyard every once in a while.

Charge five white bag would shake your poop loose.
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Fire Direction Officer and Forward Observer... but the Gunny would let me yank the lanyard every once in a while.

Charge five white bag would shake your poop loose.
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That T-Rex shore does kick doesn't it. I haven't shot one but I have seen a video of a bunch of arabs getting beat up by one.
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Winchester .458 mag and a 45-70 T/C Contender 10" Now that was fun!
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In olden times (JFK era) the National Guard was actively soliciting my high school buddies.

We went out to the desert driving the tanks over the obstacle course, fired mortars, and I got a 100 round turn with Ma Deuce Herself on a tripod. It was good.

Thrown some heavy lead from 58 cal front stuffers; competed IHMSA with FL308 XP-100; developed some rather edgy 44 mag revolver rounds with Elmer Keith's recipe; high cap modern 12 gauge stuff; perhaps the heaviest handgun load I've handled was that double charged 38/45acp pistol my buddy had screwed up loading....

Did turn down an offer to shoot a guy's TC in 444 factory load. Shot & enjoyed the '41 mag super' or whatever they called it...325g "41 mag" long case at 1400+fps....think it was in a Dan Wesson revolver built to IMHSA specs. Downright accurate & pleasant besides.

One of the nastiest recoils I've ever encountered was a nice looking SxS 20 gauge Ithaca cut to 20"....lovely patina, great weathered stock, cowboy gun, appeared as if it had been laying in your great great uncle's buckboard since about 1930 or so...wretched recoil with standard loads.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=333bBwivi2Y

Most fun.... .50 cal M2 (Hummer Mounted)

largest handgun.. .50 AE Desert Eagle
USAF385, I just watched the video

amazing.
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The most powerful handgun was a .44 Mag
The most powerful rifle was a single shot chambered for the .50 BMG
The rifle that kicked the worst was a .460 Weatherby Mag. The .50 single shot weighed around 40 or 50 pounds and did not kick near as bad as the .460 Weatherby Mag.
I have also fired a B.A.R.,a 1919 Browning Machine Gun in 30-06, an M-60, and a 50 caliber M-2 Machine Gun. They were all lots of fun.
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105MM main gun on an M60 tank
M2 Browning .50 cal
3.5" Bazooka
M79 40MM grenade launcher

All of this at taxpayer expense when I was serving proudly in the Big Green Machine.
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Ah ya beat me to it. Also a 105mm on a M60A3. Although the 105 is bigger I think the 90MM on the old M48 series hurt the ears worse when it fired. (it seemed to make a sharper crack)
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Isn't there someone on here that was one of the gunners on a battleship?!?!

As a kid, I had a poster of the USS North Carolina firing it's guns...

Ah, memories of a simpler time.
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Something like this??

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U.S. M40A2 106mm Recoilless Rifle.
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105mm M60A3
155mm M109
MK-19 40mm grenade launcher
M-2 & Armalite AR 50 50BMG (most fun)
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:45 PM
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8mm K98 Mauser...

Oh, also shot my uncle's 58 cal. Kentucky rifle, but compared to the Mauser, it was gentle.


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Old 04-14-2009, 12:35 AM
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A 50-150-3/4 Sharps.

I have shot a 35 Rem in a TC.
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...made my third annual trek to the plains southwest of Fort Morgan Colorado (boyhood home of Glenn Miller) for the annual Machine Gun Shoot...

...this year I shot a couple of examples of the classic Browning Automatic Rifle



...an equally classic 1928 Thompson submachine gun...



...a Browning M-37 .30 caliber Machine Gun in the T-152 Tank Version...



...and an example of the wicked and infamous German MG-42 of WWII...





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Old 04-14-2009, 09:06 AM
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Rifle? Ferret .50. (.50BMG bolt upper on an AR lower.)

Handgun? .44Mag.

Shotgun? 12ga with a 2oz 3.5" high-velocity turkey load. You're talking 60+ ft-lb of recoil energy from an eight-pound gun. Kicks like a mule.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:11 AM
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500, three rounds of blast. Traded a 30 round mag and my AKM for 3 rounds of Big Smith with a guy at the range a few months back. He had his 1st opportunity with an AKM, me with a 500.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:20 AM
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M-67 recoiless rifle ( 90mm)
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:18 AM
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120mm smoothbore from a M1A2 Abrams tank.
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