I lately got here throughout a cartridge that I believe has untapped sporting potential. It makes Ma Deuce look anemic. It may in all probability dump a T. rex on its butt, and for these of you who’re not getting a thrill out of your .50 BMG, I provide the Russian 14.5x114mm.
It was developed previous to World Struggle II, and is a step above the acquainted Russian 12.7mm, which is roughly equal to the Browning spherical. It’s supposed as an anti-tank, anti-personnel, anti-materiel cartridge, like these two, however it packs much more oomph. How a lot? Allow us to evaluate:
• Bullet weight: 710 grains (That is the present M2 spherical.)
• Muzzle velocity: 2920 fps
• Muzzle vitality: 13,438 foot-pounds
• Bullet weight: 978 grains
• Muzzle velocity: 3280 fps
• Muzzle vitality: 23,380 foot-pounds
The cartridge was initially employed within the PTRD, a pre-war single-shot bolt-action rifle that weighed 38 kilos. It was highly effective sufficient to penetrate the armor of the primary German tanks to deliver Deutsche Kultur to the steppes, however as armor improved, gunners needed to purpose for eye slits and bogie wheels, and issues like that. The PTRD was adopted by the PTRS-41, a five-shot, gas-operated magazine-fed semi-auto that weighed a considerate 48 kilos. The PTRS suffered from frequent jamming brought on by fouling blockages to the fuel system, so the PTRD in all probability noticed extra use in the course of the Nice Patriotic Struggle.
There are a number of movies on YouTube of those weapons being fired, and the recoil, whereas stern, doesn’t look unendurable. Here is one:
One supply that I learn stated the kick was not dangerous in any respect. I personally wouldn’t shoot the factor on a wager. The noise and muzzle blast are…immense.
Probably probably the most alarming factor concerning the 14.5×114 is the sheer measurement of the cartridge. It seems to be like one of many present crop of hyper-velocity looking rounds on steroids. It has an enormous case with a sharply tapered neck and seems to be fairly a contemporary design, regardless of its appreciable age.
In case you’re considering of getting a rifle constructed round this monster, I remorse to report that it’s categorised as a Harmful Machine and requires a Class III license. In Canada, nevertheless, the 14.5×114 is a non-restricted firearm. Unusual individuals these Canadians, eh? Attempt to cross the border with a handgun they usually’ll ship you to The Place The place Canine Don’t Bark, however this factor is OK.
We are able to dream, I suppose.
In reminiscence of Chris Franco, Maj/Inf/USAR