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The Knight Revolver Rifle[1] is a prototype American suppressed revolving rifle. Created in 1992, the Revolver Rifle was intended as a sniper's weapon with the potential for rapid follow-up shots.


The Revolver Rifle was designed in response to a request for proposal of some sort of suppressed sniper weapon with an effective range of approximately 100 metres (330 feet; 110 yards) with the potential for rapid follow-up shots while not "spitting out empty cases" so as to not leave any evidence behind.[2] A prototype was designed in 1992, although the project appears to have fallen through after that; the sole known prototype is currently on display in the Hall of Modern Arms at the Institute of Military Technology.[3]

Design Details[]

The Revolver Rifle is essentially a heavily modified Ruger Super Redhawk; the crane and cylinder assembly on the weapon remain identical although the weapon is now finished using black oxide. The weapon has a 10 in (25 cm) stainless steel barrel. The weapon uses polyurethane furniture, with the buttstock being mounted on some sort of steel frame with a screw being used to keep the stock in place. The weapon has a 10 in (25 cm) barrel with a right-handed 1:9 rifling twist.[4]

The weapon is equipped with two different optics: one for day use and one for night use. The weapon's day optic is a Leupold VARI-X III 1.5 – 5× optic, while the weapon's night optic is a Simrad KN250 1× image intensifier.[4][4] However, what may be the most interesting about the rifle is its suppressor, based on patents by Charles Olson;[5] it is 18.5 inches (47 centimetres) in length, made of 6061 T6 aluminum tubing with steel and aluminum baffles with a rolled metal screen. The suppressor's lifespan is said to be "5,000 rounds or more". The suppressor is also said to be extremely effective, with a firing report measuring at 119dB.[6] The weapon makes use of a Harris bipod.[4]

The rifle may be disassembled for transport.[4]


The weapon uses a proprietary .30 caliber round; termed ".30 caliber telescoped ammunition", the bullets are essentially 7.62mm rounds encased in an aluminum piston with an O-ring seal and a black plastic front-face seal loaded into a Federal .44 Magnum case.[4]