SSK produces largest caliber rifle ever, one round costs same as tank of gas

SSK produces largest caliber rifle ever, one round costs same as tank of gas

950-JDJ-round-boloreportIf you’re in the market for a shoulder=fired weapon to knock any B-52s out of the air or possibly sink an oil supertanker or two, SSK Industries of Ohio just may be able to provide your heart’s desire, but only if you have deep pockets and a strong back, as reported by on Aug. 2, 2013.

With the initial prototypes weighing in at just over a whopping 100 pounds each, SSK of Wintersville, Ohio, has managed to slim its .905 caliber rifle down to a still hefty 50 pound back breaker.

With the largest caliber of rifle ever produced, the .905 rounds cost a checkbook-busting $40 each. Roughly the same cost of a tank of gasoline for a small economy car.

The new .905 rifle’s ammunition is almost a full inch in diameter, as compared with that of the military issued M16A2 rifle being at a caliber of .223, slightly less than a quarter of an inch.

The .905 also has a kick not for the faint of heart nor the weak of shoulder. Each pull of the trigger has a rifle recoil that’s been estimated as the same kick of firing ten .30-06 big game hunting rifles at the same time.

The behemoth rifle would normally be classified as a Destructive Device under the National Firearms Act, but SSK has applied for and been granted a Sporting Use Exception so they could be purchased legally.

But don’t send in your order if you’re in a hurry. SSK has only produced three so far.

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He has written for Examiner, Conservative Firing Line, and other blogs.


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