revolver 2006

Mateba Model 6 Unica, aka the Mateba Autorevolver
Manufactured by Macchine Termo-Balistiche in Pavia, Italy, following the design of Emilio Ghisoni. This example is chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special, but this revolver was also produced in .44 Magnum/.44 Special and .454 Casull/.45 Long Colt - switching from a cartridge to another with a given caliber required to change the frame’s spring for the weapon to cycle properly.
As per usual with Mateba revolvers, it features a six o’clock barrel, aligned with the bottom chamber of the swing-out hexagonal six-round cylinder in a way that - supposedly - suppresses barrel flip by aligning the barrel with the user’s hand, a profile even more pronounced in the Mateba MTR series.
The most distinctive feature of the Mateba Unica however is that it is one of the very few commercial automatic revolver design in existence, like the Webley-Fosbery series, and the only one to have been produced in living memory (except for a bunch of very old ladies that were born around 1900, they might remember that since the production of the Webley-Fosbery ran up to 1915).
Upon firing the revolver, the whole frame, cylinder and barrel would slide back on the handle for about 12mm - sorry for my Imperial buddies, I don’t care - and cock the hammer for the next shot.
A very cool-looking, cyber-punkish gun that’s both sexy and unique.

Also exists as the Griffone Carbine for extra sexiness !

pictured here along with a MTR series carbine

the Webley-Fosbery M1903 automatic revolver

Between my dad, John, Paul and Ringo, there was pretty much no musical stone they left unturned. I remember saying to my dad: ‘The backwards solo guitar on that Hendrix thing is just the stickest thing I ever heard.’ Dad just replied, without looking up from his tea: 'I did the first backwards guitar solo on “I’m only sleeping”.’
—  Dhani Harrison, Evening Standard Magazine, June 2006

Klaus Voormann with his design for the Beatles LP ‘Revolver’. Voormann was asked by John Lennon to design the cover, which won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts


Q: What was the Beatles reaction [to the design]?

KLAUS VOORMANN: I went to EMI house, up to George Martin’s office and I stood the artwork up on a filing cabinet. There was Brian Epstein, George Martin, his secretary and the four lads. I was scared, because nobody said anything. They were just looking at it. I thought, Shit they hate it! Then Paul looked closer and said, ‘Hey that’s me sitting on the toilet!’ George Martin took a look and said, ‘You can’t show that!’ Paul said, 'No, this is great!’ But then he gave it some thought and said, 'Well, maybe we should take that one off…’ So that broke the ice. Then they started talking about it. Everybody loved it, George loved it, Ringo loved it, John loved it. I looked at Brian, who was standing in the corner and he was crying… I thought, Oh no… what is he doing? He came up to me and said, 'Klaus, this is exactly what we needed. I was worried that this whole thing might not work, but now I know that this cover, this LP, will work - thank you.’  -  Klaus Voormann interview with Martin O’Gorman, MOJO, July 2006

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The George J. Tibbert Revolving Rifle,

Crafted in 2006 by George Tibbert, the Tibbert revolving rifle was made to have an antique look but chamber modern ammunition (.38 special).  Inspired by the Colt Root revolving rifle, the Tibbert utilizes a sidehammer single action system.  Total capacity is 12 rounds.  The forearm conceals an ejector mechanism to eject spent casings from the cylinder.  The Tibbert also features an extra fancy walnut buttstock, with brass handrest on the wrist, raised and contoured right handed cheeckpiece, brass buttplate and raised scroll carving on the right side.

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