My inspiration and for easier imagining of this glaive-like weapon here is a picture from the Warhammer 40k universe of something very similar. (Picture courtesy of this site click to see larger version.) I'll describe mine below.
The idea is that I have this programmer, doomsday prepper living in the USA that is preparing for the apocalypse as he might have stumbled upon evidence that things are not going well.
This man lives in the USA so access to guns is not an issue, think Arizona or Alaska which are according to my research are very gun friendly states. Financially speaking just a little shy of 20 million USD. Setting is today. He has extensive gun and gun smiting knowledge, he is 35 years old and has being using guns for about 20 years of those And about 10 years of gunsmithing . and knows a bit about engineering things in general, like fixing cars and so on, assume advanced courses and several years in fixing things in general. And just because it is fun he knows about making melee weapons. Nothing too fancy just basic stuff like spears and shields. This is a recent pickup so about 4 years of that, not full time mind you. Any other limitations needed?
The proposed design as follows. Imagine a long metallic rod of about 1.4 meters. It ends with the glaive part which is like a single edged broad blade. The blade has a thick spine and measures about 0.7 meters long. Not sure of the distal taper on glaives but I imagine it a nice thick blade. Also when I say end I mean the glaive is below the metallic rod at the end so it can accommodate the gun part atop the glaive part. I imagine the metallic rod hollowed out, to reduce weight, and is made of high-carbon steel with an anti rust finish, if that even works.
Anyway the problems with a gun-glaive is would it be too heavy to unbalance the weapon? I thought so then I remembered that halberds had 2 things on on each side. So I don't think this is a problem.
Second the magazine. It has a helical magazine and so I can have it not protruding of the weapon. Basically the barrel would be aligned with the rod and magazine would set behind it as the unique magazine can feed the gun without it being like a normal magazine. Just search the weapon name and you would get it. The FN P90 is another obvious example. And for a bonus it can have a 100 rounds magazine.
Problem is: How the heck would you fire it? OK. Extend the trigger to a lower place on the shaft? But here are my problems.
- How would it fire in the first place? Pressing a button? rotating something?
- What to do with safety?
- How to make it reliable as possible? Especially seeing how we have to move the "trigger part"
- Would ejection the spent casings a problem? I imagine I can move the ejection port to anyplace as long is it follow the laws of physics.
This is not a precision gun. It is like fun project, surprise it will be needed. Sighting is not an issue because you can just mount a laser there.
I'm uncertain about many parts I know. But I think asking 4 different questions would be a waste. Way I see it those are smaller problems owing to a larger one.
Feel free to challenge any part about the weapon. Just not the need to make it please, I just think it's cool. If it can't be done then please try to be detailed as to why.
Sorry if it is long. This is the shortest I can make while adding all the limitations I think are relevant.*