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VBR-OWP

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Research and development While in the most part of the world, underwater firearms where considered as Top Secret, A research and development of an underwater pistol was started by Rik Van Bruaene in the year 1997. The VBR-OWP is a prototype of an underwater pistol that was designed for protection against sharks attacks and for sports use like Underwater Practical Shooting. The VBR-Belgium OWP (Onder Water Pistool) was designed to be used at close range like the sight is in the North Sea and with a maximum effective range to 10 meters. In the North Sea, we don’t need a underwater firearm with a range to 30 meters, because we never see so far! For personal defense against shark attacks multiple rounds where considered as vital, because also sharks have vital organs which are difficult to hit. There were also intentions to developing explosive projectiles like anti-shark weapons have, but they were not yet manufactured. The VBR OWP was designed with a strait box magazine, single stack with a magazine capacity of 8 rounds. The case of the projectile was a shortened .38 Special case and the total length was 40mm of the underwater cartridge. The magazine could be easy replaced and the use of spare magazines was possible. The first VBR-OWP was manufactured with normal space between the slide and frame connection. This was accurate in clean water or in water with a rock bottom. The normal narrow space of the side guiding caused no problems as long the water was clean from dirt. Only the North Sea and also tthe local lakes in Belgium have all a sandy bottom. As soon the sand came around the OWP, the function of the weapon with narrow space between the slide guidance cause malfunctions. After 10 minutes diving above the sandy bottom, the weapon did already jam before it was loaded with a cartridge in the chamber. The VBR-OWP was then provided with much bigger space between the sliding parts like space between the barrel and side and the space between the slide guidance of the frame. The bigger spaces between de sliding parts preventing jam in the sandy bottom. The bigger space between the parts had no significant effect on the accuracy, because the pistol was intend for short range.
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History VBR-OWP from VBR-Belgium. Prototype of an underwater pistol designed for protection against sharks attacks and Underwater Practical Shooting
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© Rik Van Bruaene

History of the

VBR-OWP

Van Bruaene Rik

Metalworking

Research and development While in the most part of the world, underwater firearms where considered as Top Secret, A research and development of an underwater pistol was started by Rik Van Bruaene in the year 1997. The VBR- OWP is a prototype of an underwater pistol that was designed for protection against sharks attacks and for sports use like Underwater Practical Shooting. The VBR-Belgium OWP (Onder Water Pistool) was designed to be used at close range like the sight is in the North Sea and with a maximum effective range to 10 meters. In the North Sea, we don’t need a underwater firearm with a range to 30 meters, because we never see so far! For personal defense against shark attacks multiple rounds where considered as vital, because also sharks have vital organs which are difficult to hit. There were also intentions to developing explosive projectiles like anti-shark weapons have, but they were not yet manufactured. The VBR OWP was designed with a strait box magazine, single stack with a magazine capacity of 8 rounds. The case of the projectile was a shortened .38 Special case and the total length was 40mm of the underwater cartridge. The magazine could be easy replaced and the use of spare magazines was possible. The first VBR-OWP was manufactured with normal space between the slide and frame connection. This was accurate in clean water or in water with a rock bottom. The normal narrow space of the side guiding caused no problems as long the water was clean from dirt. Only the North Sea and also tthe local lakes in Belgium have all a sandy bottom. As soon the sand came around the OWP, the function of the weapon with narrow space between the slide guidance cause malfunctions. After 10 minutes diving above the sandy bottom, the weapon did already jam before it was loaded with a cartridge in the chamber. The VBR-OWP was then provided with much bigger space between the sliding parts like space between the barrel and side and the space between the slide guidance of the frame. The bigger spaces between de sliding parts preventing jam in the sandy bottom. The bigger space between the parts had no significant effect on the accuracy, because the pistol was intend for short range.
History VBR-OWP from VBR-Belgium. Prototype of an underwater pistol designed for protection against sharks attacks and Underwater Practical Shooting
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