Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ugly Gun Sunday


The Mateba Semi auto Carbine. The caliber is 44Mag and the barrel length is 18”. A rather ungainly adaptation of the Mateba semi-automatic revolver:




(revolver image credit to THR Senior Member GunTech)


I don't find the Mateba revolver particularly unattractive own it's own; it seems well finished and of good quality. It's when someone decided to slap an overly long barrel, slabs of wood for a forward grip, and a stock that looks like five minutes of thought went into it that it becomes ugly. With a little bit of shaping, and an eye towards wood that is more than utilitarian, they could have had something unique and attractive at the same time.

4 comments:

BobG said...

A solution in search of a problem.

Pozono said...

The Carbine setup is actually a factory option. IMO, a wheel gun is great because of its simplicity and this contraption while interesting does not make any bells go off in my head. Maybe it helps with marksmanship, as the rotating cylinder would replace pulling the bolt and the trigger pull would be probably very light.

Bunnyman said...

The Carbine doesn't look *bad* so much as half-baked. If they continued the lines of the foregrip in the stock, instead of that ghetto-tastic skeletonized 2am-before-a-deadline appendage, it might actually look neat. If somewhat L85-ish.

MauserMedic said...

Bob-

I'm thinking probably originally intended as a curiosity for the disposable income sector;

Pozono-

I've never run across any articles relating to accuracy on Matebas; it would be interesting to see what they could do compared to guns in similar chamberings and barrel lengths;

Bunnyman-

If I were marketing stocks for it, and had the funds, I would have gone with two versions. A high-quality wood type, similar to the old Colt revolving carbine, and a polymer "tactical" type for those who like that style.