Now here's a weapon, an automatic revolver, seemingly straight out of the futuristic Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos.
Although the Mateba Model 6 Unica has the "look," Italian manufacturer Macchine Termo-Balistiche (MA.TE.BA) may want to do something to enhance the special effects of their gun-or not.
In real life, this high-powered six-shooter has plenty of sound and fury in its .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum or .454 Casull offerings. It just falls somewhat short of the special effects pistol that made Blade Runner Rick Deckard (a.k.a., Harrison Ford) so believable as he hunted down and "retired" errant androids in a 2019 Los Angeles in the movie. But what weapon today could match Deckard's?
Future gun designers take heed.
Director Ridley Scott had no problems producing a cult classic complete with a dark and somber setting, a terrific sound track and incredible visual effects as Deckard dispatches replicants Leon Kowalski (Brion James); Zhora (Joanna Cassidy); Pris (Daryl Hannah); and finally leader Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) before falling in love with-and saving replicant Rachael (Sean Young).
What a film, what an awesome movie!
But back to terra firma and today's world of small arms-and this neat autoloader from Italy.
The Mateba Model 6 Unica has the look-and this modern automatic revolver may just be one of the most unusual and promising of the autoloading revolvers to come down the pike since the Webley-Fosbery more than 100 years ago.
So what makes this gun, designed by Emilio Ghisoni unique? The Mateba Model 6 relies on the recoil from the first round (double-action) to rotate the cylinder and cock the hammer for the next shot.
Conventional revolvers depend on the operator pulling the trigger or manually cocking the hammer prior to discharging the weapon. The Mateba operates similarly to a semi-auto pistol, only it's a revolver. And the barrel alignment of this Italian gun is unique-the barrel is lined up with the bottom of the gun's cylinder-like another modern gun, Russia's OTs-38 Special Purpose, Silenced Revolver.
The Mateba first came on the scene in the late 1990s. It weighs about three pounds, unloaded, and it measures nearly 11 inches in overall length with a 6-inch barrel. This gun uses fixed iron sights.
Unlike traditional revolvers, the Mateba .357 cannot function properly using .38 Special ammunition-that ammo doesn't produce sufficient recoil. The other Mateba chamberings also require the high-powered ammunition since "weak" rounds generate insufficient recoil for the gun's operation.
The Mateba Model 6 Unica is heavier than most modern-day revolvers, yet it shows promise.