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Today we are taking a look at a very unusual prototype rifle, courtesy of Legacy Collectibles. I suspect – but have no direct evidence – that this was designed by one Francis K. Young, a man who patented several very similar systems. What makes it unusual is that it operates by having the cartridge case set back in the chamber, either by moving or by physically stretching upon firing. This would never become a successful mechanism for a self-loading rifle, but Young spent many years working on the idea, making a series of prototypes and registering several patents.
Thanks to Legacy Collectibles for providing me access to film this rifle! Check out their YouTube channel for lots of other interesting firearms history:
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At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!