Flash-In-The-Pan Rifle and Ammo


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Q
 I read an article about caseless ammunition that made mention of a Voere rifle called the VEC-91, but did not elaborate beyond that. The guys I asked in gun shops and on the rifle range had never heard of this rifle and said they doubt that it ever existed. What can you tell me about it, if it was in fact real.
– Gordon Christie

Voere Caseless AmmunitionVoere Rifle for Caseless Ammunition

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 The Voere VEC-91 was a high-tech rifle introduced at the SHOT Show in America back in 1993, but was not available for sale until 1995. It was produced in only the one calibre – the 5.56×26 Caseless Cartridge (UCC) which gave a 55gn .224 calibre bullet about the same velocity as the .223 Remington. Like the previous Heckler & Koch caseless cartridges, the “case” into which a conventional 55gn bullet was embedded was totally consumed during combustion. Ignition was electronic, powered by two small batteries housed in the pistol grip. The trigger was actually a micro-switch and battery life was claimed to last 50,000 shots. There were no mechanics involved in the ignition process – no sear, no firing pin, no primer to indent – and locktime on the VEC was five times faster than a conventional metallic cartridge arm, or around the speed of light. Despite being radically different, the
VEC-91 rifle looked like a Continental-styled Mauser. The UCC system was said to provide exceptional accuracy, but I guess it was too futuristic for the average sportsman and with cartridges costing $2 each too darned expensive as well. Anyway the concept like H&K’s never went anywhere. 


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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