By now, my readers should be more than aware of the fact that I am a proud Browncoat – I missed Firefly when it first aired on Fox, but on my parents’ urgings, I found the DVDs, and I am pretty sure I watched the entire series all the way through once I started. And then found time to watch it again. And have since watched it more times than I probably care to count. Then the movie came out, and all bets were off.
Now, as all Browncoats know, Captain Malcolm Reynolds carried a pistol, but not just any pistol – a Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B. This second model differentiated itself by augmenting the conventional chemical propulsion system with an integral gauss coil system installed in the barrel, and allowed both standard firing pin ammunition and straight gauss rounds to be fired. Those rounds were fed by way of the magazine installed forward of the trigger guard, and the “cocking” noise was actually the gauss system activating.
So what is one to do? Well, I understand that some folks may have once talked to some other folks, and the discussion revolved around taking this concept and making it into a real, live, functioning, magazine-fed, semi-automatic, bullet-firing firearm.
So the question is, who actually would be interested in such a thing? And, more to the point, and more importantly, what would you be willing to pay for such a thing? Even if we were able to bastardize it together on the basis of some other firearm (which I cannot personally see, but I am not a gunsmith… the original conversation relegated it to “probably possible but doubtful”, apparently), the price tag would not be… hell, it would not even be reasonable, much less “small”. I do not even want to consider the legalities involved, and the prices necessary to license the design from Fox / Universal Pictures.
What is it worth to you, in real-world dollars-and-cents, to hold – and fire – a copy of Mal’s pistol? And how many are there who would be seriously interested in such a thing?