glock-47-assault-machine asked: Your drawings are beautiful.
Funny little idea. Pistol caliber AR carbine that loads standard Glock/Beretta etc. mags in the grip. Barrel placement causes it to look like an SBR even with a 16” barrel. Image copyright Annika R. 2011
[EDIT: A lot of people have commented that I should remove the standard magazine well. I don’t really understand this because 1) it can be used as a grip 2) I designed it to be a storage compartment, which is cool, and 3) it would look ugly without it]
Here’s a funny one. A “constant recoil” AR type rifle (see Sullivan’s Ultimax 100 if you don’t know what I’m talking about). The whole receiver/body is one piece and polymer. The complete BCG, weights and action spring all pull straight out of the back. The trigger guard and standard AR grip are removed for access to the trigger control group.
Because this was designed to let the BCG and weights run out on its action spring instead of slamming into the rear of the receiver as in constant-recoil designs at first I wasn’t sure what to do with the regular AR top position charging handle, since it would be in the way of the gas key (I think I wanted to keep a lot of parts compatibility). As a result on this iteration of the design I rotated everything so the non-reciprocating charging handle is on the right side and and the bolt ejects upwards, with shells bouncing to the right after hitting a raised/angled dustcover. It has a carrying handle because you wouldn’t be able to put an optic on it with that upward ejection anyway. The barrel and handguard quick-detach as a complete unit for compact carry.
After drawing this I discovered that the constant-recoil system works best with fully automatic, open-bolt designs. That’s not really my thing, so I dropped it. Image copyright Annika R. 2012
Following are some scans of old designs I’ve drawn. Some of these are aesthetic experiments, others are design ideas that I’ve abandoned. All of my own original images will be copyrighted Annika R. (year of production). I won’t be posting anything that seems patentable from my standpoint, if somebody decides that they do want to produce a working model of any of my (silly) concepts, I say go for it.
Coonan .357 Mag. Automatic Compensated Pistol.
I think the Coonan qualifies as a strange gun for the choice of caliber - generally speaking it’s considered to be too much of a PITA to produce a detachable box magazine fed semi-automatic firearm that reliably loads and cycles large caliber rimmed rounds, the gas powered Desert Eagle standing as the usual exception. I personally prefer the aesthetics of the Coonan to the Eagle. The Coonan also uses a more conventional linkless Browning tipping barrel action.
Beautiful Charola-Anitua pistol, factory engraved. This specimen is one of the rarer 7mm variants, although even in this larger caliber the locking breech may strike modern observers as overkill.
"The mechanism of the Charola is similar in principle to the Mauser C96, with a moving wedge being used to lock the bolt to the barrel/slide (which is machined as a single unit, like the Mauser). Upon recoiling backwards about 5mm, the wedge disengages, the barrel stops, and the bolt continues recoiling backwards to eject the empty case."