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One of my old favorites.

Many years ago, I remember watching a movie where the bad guys used a very unique machine pistol. It was fairly compact, had a high rate of fire, and it’s most distinguishing feature was a cylindrical, high capacity magazine, mounted to the rear of the barrel, above the grip of the weapon. A most unusual configuration indeed, but I just loved the look. If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m talking about the venerable Calico M950, aka the Calico Liberty III, from Calico Light Weapon Systems:

Calico M950/Liberty III - 9mm, 50r Mag

Calico M950/Liberty III - 9mm, 50r Mag

I first encountered this weapon in the 1991 Movie “Stone Cold” with Brian Bosworth, and was immediately taken by its unusual design. At the time I didn’t know what it was, but later on I figured it all out after a bit of research. The design has not gone unnoticed by others, and it’s design has lent itself to being featured quite predominantly in a number of futuristic movies since then, such as “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and as an alien machine gun in “I Come in Peace” (AKA “Dark Angel”) Starring Dolph Lundgren.

Calico M950/Liberty III - 9mm, 100r Mag

Calico M950/Liberty III - 9mm, 100r Mag

However this machine pistol is not all show. It features a 50 or 100 round helical top mounted magazine, ambidextrous operation, downward facing brass ejection port, and a modular design, allowing it to be chambered in .22 LR, or 9mm, (there was even a .40cal version planned). The design lends itself to a wide range of design modifications, from assault rifle, to carbine, to machine pistol, to sport rifle, a version which to me, looks a lot like an old school tommy gun, minus the bottom mounted stick/drum magazine, which just adds to it’s appeal, even if it is only chambered in .22 LR:

Calico M105 - .22LR, 100r Mag, Walnut Stocks

Calico M105 - .22LR, 100r Mag, Walnut Stocks

Link to the Calico Light Weapons system website is below, though I must warn you that it features a somewhat corny video that looks like it was made in the 1990′ when they first came out, and has never been updated since… :D  But either way, I thought I’d share this little piece of firearm nostalgia with you all.. Enjoy!

Calico M950/Liberty III – [Calico Light Weapon Systems]
Calico Light Weapons – [Internet Firearms Movie Database]

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