Gun of the week

Aug 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Firearms, Spotlight

The Gun of the Week this time around is the Calico.  This weapon is produced by Calico Light Weapons Inc. out of Oregon and features a unique helical magazine which mounts on top of the weapon which ejects straight down.  Magazines are available in 50 and 100 round configuration, which can make for a very heavy firearms.

These weapons are produced both in select fire and semi-automatic only.  They are built as both a pistol and a carbine.  The pistol weighs 2 1/4 pounds with an empty 50 round magazine.  It features a 7 1/2 inch barrel and fires from a closed bolt.

The company has been sold and moved several times and sales were severely impacted by the assault weapons ban of 1994, which sunsetted in 2004.  They just introduced a prototype shotgun with a similar magazine design.

One of these weapons was featured prominently in a SciFi movie made in the 1990s if I remember correctly.  It was used by a good-guy alien.

Weapons are currently being produced in .22 lr, 9mm and .40 caliber.  They are not approved for sale in the People’s Republic of California.

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3 Comments to “Gun of the week”

  1. pacovilla says:

    We can’t but the gun–Which isn’t to say we aren’t “missing anything,” eh Howie?

  2. Howie Katz says:

    You guys in California are not missing anything. I bought a Calico carbine soon after they went on the market. I didn’t keep it very long because to me it wasn’t all it was cooked up to be. And the magazine was a bitch to load. When I sold it, I got only a little over half of what I originally paid for it.