Japanese artist Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, et al) likes to add realistic -if somewhat fantastic- projectile guns to his work. In his storytelling, he usually has some consistent fictional manufacturers in his works. I got pictures of two of his most famous, attached here.Here's the CX:
For fun and education, could you look these over and let me know if there is any possibility of these being real? Is he a plausible designer, or are the fanbois full of feces?
The oddball "banana" thing behind the grip of the Seburo CX is, in fact, the mag; a bullpup pistol, in other words. The slide encompasses the entire top of that mag.
(picture from here)
Hoo, boy, where to start...
Okay, as a disclaimer: Yes, I understand this is a fantasy firearm. I'm critiquing it as though I'm seeing it rolled out at SHOT or something. With that said, the idea of a bullpup pistol is, well, I'm hesitant to say "stupid" but, well, stupid. If you want a longer barrel for accuracy, you're going to lose that by putting the rear sight basically on top of the trigger guard there rather than at the back of the firearm.
I'd have serious concerns about both the muzzle rise during rapid fire as well as how point-of-aim changes from full mag to half-empty mag to nearly empty. With a good portion of the weight behind the grip, that pistol is going to rise like crazy. With the grip acting essentially as a fulcrum, I'd be concerned about needing to make sight adjustments as the weight of the firearm changes.
And then there are secondary concerns - what's the mag change going to be like on that firearm? Does the magazine drop free? With that curved magazine it looks like getting it firmly seated could be tough to accomplish, especially under duress. Having the magazine release behind grip looks like it could be difficult to master as well.
All that critique said, I'd shoot one if you handed it to me...
The second one (Seburo Bobson) looks pedestrian enough, except what the hell is that atop the slide (amidships, sorta)?And here's the Bobson:
(picture from here)
This one looks pretty normal; I believe what SCI-FI is referring to in the middle of the slide is the rear sight. Why on earth they'd move it that far forward and sacrifice sight radius is beyond me, but then again it is a fictional, stylized handgun. It's supposed to be from a future that involves renegade cyborgs - while we all know that G-d's own pistol caliber out of the 1911 as John Moses Browning (PBUH) intended will take care of cyborgs, this is Japan, where they have different thoughts on firearms...
The only other comment I'd make is that the slide looks awkwardly tall. It looks like a pretty significant offset between the sights and the bore axis, although that's certainly not insurmountable - my Smith & Wesson model 422 has a similarly odd arrangement, and it shoots just fine. The only change I'd make would be to put the rear sight at the back of the slide where it belongs, and that's pretty minor. Well, that and I'd make it a fixed sight - the gun appears to be DAO, meaning it's a defensive sidearm, so no need for adjustable sights.
So, any other thoughts out there now that I've deconstructed these fantasy firearms?
That is all.