Guns are supposed to be deadly and efficient. They are supposed to be shaped in a way that makes them easy to use – and easy to hit their target. They were made to be useful in conditions where you might not be able to defend yourself otherwise.
Placing good intentions aside, some of these guns were made for the right purpose, but with the wrong design. In some cases, it might be because of the way they look; other times, it might be because of the way they function.
Regardless of the end result, here are five of the most unfortunate-looking guns in the world – past or present.
Also referred to as the “curved barrel gun,” the krummlauf was developed during World War I for circumstances where you had to be hidden from sight – and could not very well pop your head out for the enemy to see.
So, they literally went Elmer Fudd cartoon style with this one: they added a curved barrel so that they could easily shoot from around the corner. This type of gun had a periscope sighting device as well, which you could use to see your target from a safe spot.
This gun came with barrel types that generally went around 30 and 45 degrees – but you could also find one at extreme versions of 90 degrees. When visibility was a great problem during the war, these extreme weapons were a safe haven that would allow you to stay hidden.
The problem was that physics cartoons do not exactly hold up in real life as well. Many times, the bullet would get stuck in the barrel – and unless it was constructed and handled to the greatest detail, it would risk blowing off in the face of the bearer.
Furthermore, after a lot of time (and also money) spent on tinkering the design, they came to the conclusion that this gun was too expensive to make. It would not be realistic to try and make it on a large, war-size scale.
This type of gun promises that it has almost anything that you might need – with no other gun performing the way this small model does. The Apache pistol mixes the ingredients of a small-caliber revolver, brass knuckle, and a knife – all neatly set into a foldout package that will fit inside your pocket.
The theory was perfect, and the gun seemed to solve a lot of issues. The problem was that when it came to practice, none of these weapons managed to deliver. It had a lot of promise – but the result was average to disappointing.
First of all, the brass-knuckle component of this gun works efficiently enough; however, the knife is not only thin, but it is also extremely flimsy. Imagine that you are trying to poke someone with a needle or a stick; you get pretty much the same feeling from this knife as well.
The revolver is also unfortunate-looking – and you don’t have to be an expert in guns to realize that. There’s literally no barrel to the gun, which means the shot is not only underpowered but inaccurate as well.
Last but not least, this gun features no trigger guard to stop you from accidentally shooting the gun. Because of this poor design, many owners ended up accidentally firing this small gun.
3.Nock Volley Gun
Why have just one barrel when you can have seven? With so many bullets firing at the same time, it’s unlikely that they will all miss. At least one should be able to hit its target.
The volley gun was conceived during the Napoleonic Wars to use in ship to ship combat. This oddly-shaped flintlock weapon was supposed to ward off any trespassers that wanted to board on their ship uninvited during combat. And considering that multiple bullets were fired, you could catch more assailants at the same time.
However, there was a slight problem – or, well, a pretty significant one. Many times, shooting this gun resulted in a fireball – one that would end up catching the sails of the ship on fire. Granted, it would keep the enemies from boarding your boat – but at the same time, it would also prevent you from staying on your own boat.
And that is not where the problems end. Think about the recoil that one gun barrel brings. Now multiply that number by 7. It’s no surprise when you find out that the recoil has the tendency of breaking the shoulder of those firing it.
4.The Key Gun
The idea was actually brilliant – a gun that no one would really know it was a gun – except for the one wielding it. The creators did not think of anything poetic to name it because they didn’t need to. It was a key, and at the same time, it was a gun; therefore, it was a key gun.
A weird idea of humanity, this key was given to jailers of the mid-19th century so that they could thwart any plans of escaping from a prisoner. The problem was that this key had such a small firing power (and it was so easily snatched by prisoners) that it did not prove very efficient.
5.Duck’s Foot Pistol
A close relative of the volley gun, this oddly-shaped pistol was one more attempt of the world to shoot more bullets at the same time. However, they had the same problem as their sister volley guns; the more shots they fired, the bigger the recoil would be – which would set the shooter stumbling back.
The idea behind these guns was good. The practice, however, turned these designs towards the unfortunate side. Sure, they might seem like they would work – but each model had a catch that you had to be aware of. Not only did they look unfortunate, but they behaved unfortunately as well.
Jay Chambers – Pro Free Speech Writer, Disaster Survivalist, Business Owner. Believes in Resiliency and Self Sufficiency in an Increasingly Unpredictable World.