Steampunk Uranium Reactor Pulse Rifle MK I Manchester Version I
"This Zombie Killer was pulled from the wreckage of post WWII London in 1946. At first it was thought to be just a vintage hunting rifle. It was packed up and apparently forgotten until 2007. It then, was purchased at an estate sale in Norwich, England, as a lot of Vintage Industrial components. The new owner of this acquisition then transported it, and the other contents of the crate, to America and, a year later, put up for auction once again...this is where it came into my hands and the true nature of this beast was realized.
"So elegant in design and form and, yet so awesome in function and destructive capabilities! It soon became apparent this was no ordinary hunting rifle. This weapon was designed for ultimate DESTRUCTION! Completely passive when aimed and discharged at a living creature...it's true nature was realized when trained on the walking dead...Zombies!!! Utter and complete Annihilation!
"My research over the past year, since restoring the rifle, led me back to England and a small village on the west coast, in Wales. There, I met with Ian Whitecross, great grandson of the inventor of the MK I Manchester Uranium Reactor Rifle , Sir Malcolm Westerfield, Vampire Slayer! Jeez...Who knew?
"This weapon has a debilitating effect on vampires but not the real destructive effect he had expected. Had Zombies existed in Sir Westerfield's time, he had the ultimate cure! Truly...A man Before His Time."
OK, so much for the back story! This elegant rifle is composed of wood for the stock, copper and brass barrel and reactor assembly and Wonderflex simulated leather details with antique French hob nails. The "Uranium Reactor" is powered by 3 AAA batteries. Is it Radioactive? Yes it is! The glass will set off a geiger counter..but, it is harmless. I use Uranium Glass in the Chamber and expose it to 390-400nm UV light. This causes the Uranium Oxide, used as a colorant in the production of the glass, to fluoresce an awesome green color. This type of glass was very popular in the 1930's thru 1950's and is highly collectable as dishes, cups, saucers, bowls and sculpture pieces...I use the broken bits and pieces.
In this Steampunk Cosplay piece, I was attempting to create a more feminine grace and appeal than in my past work. I think I succeeded.