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or have an idea you'd like to see made, what would it be?

I'd like to see more pistol caliber carbines in the market

Something like a 9mm w/ 16" barrel and traditional style stock, along the lines of an M1 Carbine, Ruger 10/22, etc. Not like those ugly Kel Tecs and Hi Point carbines.
 

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I want the lightest weight carbine that can shoot 3 round bursts or even fully automatic, with ANY caliber and will adjust barrel diameter with the recognized cartridge - 22Lr to .50 cal.. Magazines that automatically adjust to whatever cartridge I stick in it. A built in laser that can pick or sweep electronic somethings out of of the sky at 3 miles and a second barrel that will fire any shotgun shell. Two clips for my rifle - one bullets, one shotgun plus the laser fire. The shotgun barrel should also be a grenade, bazooka and SAM launcher. I also want this firearm to weigh less than 5 pounds without ammo.

The carbine should have a life length of 150 years without maintenance.

You asked for it - this is what I want and plenty of ammo should SHTF.

That is the ideal firearm.
 

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Something like a 9mm w/ 16" barrel and traditional style stock, along the lines of an M1 Carbine, Ruger 10/22, etc. Not like those ugly Kel Tecs and Hi Point carbines.
Google "Finnish Suomi M31/KP31". This was a 9mm submachine gun (open-bolt design, tube receiver) from the pre-WWII era. They were made with heavy barrels, making them very accurate, and fit your description as far as being carbine-length and having traditional wood stocks. Essentially, they were the Finnish version of the Thompson, but in 9mm.

They have been available here in the US for a while as torch-cut parts kits. With some Googling, you can find information on building new receivers and converting the bolts to a closed-bolt, semi-auto design, as well as permanently lengthening the barrel shroud to satisfy the 16" minimum length (IIRC they have 12" barrels). It's a job for a gunsmith or someone with a machine shop, no doubt, but many people have done it and the results are impressive, in both the visual and performance departments.
 

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what was the one from "did ya see da turdy pointer?"

that's kind of what I want
 

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WHSmithIV is joking. I think.

But someone once seriously proposed making a shotgun barrel that could be made larger or smaller by twisting, like taking a piece of paper and rolling it into a tube. The barrel could be changed from, say, 12 gauge to 20 gauge, just by twisting it in the hands.

Small details, like metal that could be twisted easily yet be strong enough to contain the pressures of firing, were left to be worked out.

Jim
 

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A semi-auto carbine made to fire the .50 AE would be interesting for self defense or hunting.

Another interesting shoulder gun would be something in .500 S&W. Maybe a lever action or bolt action carbine. For a short range hunting cartridge I suspect the knock down power would be considerable.
 

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Google "Finnish Suomi M31/KP31". This was a 9mm submachine gun (open-bolt design, tube receiver) from the pre-WWII era. They were made with heavy barrels, making them very accurate, and fit your description as far as being carbine-length and having traditional wood stocks. Essentially, they were the Finnish version of the Thompson, but in 9mm.

They have been available here in the US for a while as torch-cut parts kits. With some Googling, you can find information on building new receivers and converting the bolts to a closed-bolt, semi-auto design, as well as permanently lengthening the barrel shroud to satisfy the 16" minimum length (IIRC they have 12" barrels). It's a job for a gunsmith or someone with a machine shop, no doubt, but many people have done it and the results are impressive, in both the visual and performance departments.
TNW Manufacturing makes or made a semi-auto Suomi M31 from a mix of old parts and new parts. These guns fire from a closed bolt. TNW had some design problems in their earlier guns but I have heard that the newer ones are much better.
 

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M1A, 870 and a 1911, glock, what else is needed?
 

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probably would make a dual rifle/shotgun combo; something that could easily fire high volumes (mag fed) of 12g and say, .308 rounds.

would be aweful handy during hunting season; grouse with the shotgun, bear with the rifle.

Over/unders are single shot, need more boolits!
 

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Caliber, 32 magnum, ambidextrous bolt action, 200-250 grain bullet at 3200 to 3500 fps, light weight and ergonomic with a recoil system to make the gun as easy to shoot offhand as a 300 Savage. 20" fully bedded barrel with integral brake/suppressor. Match grade iron sights. Weatherby style bolt. 3 position tang mounted safety. 10 round detachable magazine.

In other words a woods gun good for anything from pronghorn to grizzly, moose to hogs.

This was what I was fantasizing as a dream gun a few years ago. Then I discover the 8MM Rem Mag and 700 BDL rifle. Not quite what I had in mind but close enough that my gun and cartridge would have been close to just duplicating it.

Really hard to come up with anything new but I still would like this gun.
 
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