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Double-barreled AR-15

Okay, that’s not the formal designation. But think in terms of the power of two:

In following the grand tradition of “if one is good, then two must be great” thinking, Israel’s Silver Shadow firearms manufacturer is marketing this double-barreled AR-15 for sale in the United States. Check out this double-barrel rifle no one asked for that the military will never, ever use.

But just because the military won’t ever use it doesn’t mean civilians won’t try to have fun with it. After all, this isn’t the first time someone thought two barrels was better than one.

Isn’t that, um, illegal?

Originally marketed as an AR variant under a company named Gilboa, Silver Shadow makes this line of double-barreled weapons here in the U.S., where the 16-inch barrel, twin-trigger rifle is legal for civilian use. The twin trigger is how the company avoids the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms’ definition of a machine gun.

Each barrel of the Gilboa Snake has its own independent gas block and tube, meaning it can fire multiple rounds with each trigger without the delay and recoil of the weapon cycling between trigger pulls. It also has two separate ejection ports, so hot brass can go down the shirt of the person laying prone to your left and right.

Otherwise, it’s an AR-15, it shoots the same varmint-rated .223 round, and depending on where you live, it might scare the neighbors twice as much.

6 comments

  1. Holly H »

    18 May 2018 · 11:03 am

    You probably will not be surprised to hear that I think it’s completely insane for any person to own a military-grade weapon like this. Folks argue that the military has them, so simple folks need them too, in case the military goes crazy-Fascist. And I do worry about our government going that direction.

    But….honestly…how in heaven’s name would we little folks have a chance against the big guns? That seems like a complete fantasy to me.

  2. CGHill »

    18 May 2018 · 12:00 pm

    “Military-grade”? These half-assed contraptions aren’t even used in the Lower Slobbovian military; they’re just not all that good. Their one saving grace is that they’re stupidly easy and relatively inexpensive to fabricate, a useful characteristic when you’re surrounded by people who dream of a world without weapons. (Good luck with that.)

  3. McGehee »

    18 May 2018 · 12:34 pm

    It’s military grade because it’s scary-looking. Every war ever fought has been won by whoever had the scariest weapons. Just ask the Third Reich.

  4. McGehee »

    18 May 2018 · 12:44 pm

    After all Nazi Germany had the first operational cruise missile, the first operational ballistic missile, the first operational jet fighter, and even a rocket-propelled fighter plane.

    And they purposely designed the Stuka bomber to make a scary noise when it went into a dive over its target.

  5. neal »

    18 May 2018 · 2:48 pm

    Little people with parity keep big people on their side of the fence.
    Great walls and castles.

    Works for cows and sheep and armed stuff all around. Except for the stuff that wings.

  6. Chuck »

    20 May 2018 · 10:00 am

    Seems like every few years someone is compelled to make a double barreled version of perfectly serviceable weapon. Here’s a couple:

    Szecsei & Fuchs Double Barrel Bolt Action Rifle
    http://pergelator.blogspot.com/2014/06/szecsei-fuchs-double-barrel-bolt-action.html

    Spectre
    http://pergelator.blogspot.com/2015/11/spectre.html
    During the kidnapping, the big bad guy was shooting at Bond with a double barreled 45, a very foolish gun. I’m not going to provide a link because I’ve been down that rathole before and while it is entertaining from a mechanical point of view, it’s more of a fantasy than a useful weapon

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