Posted June 17, 2020 6:00 am by Comments

By Ben Philippi

As a producer for, I’ve got the pleasure of photographing and filming many large-caliber guns over the years at gun shoots and shows. Witnessing the explosive power of military hardware up close and in person never fails to tickle the senses.
Owning an artillery gun as a civilian is not unlike owning a select-fire machine gun or suppressor. Since the National Firearms Act of 1934, anything over .50 caliber and isn’t black powder is generally regarded as a destructive device. So, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork, wait a few months, and if you meet the requirements, you can then take possession of your baby.
Finding one may be a problem, although they are out there. Getting into big guns is like a way of life. You need to start living, breathing, and thinking large-caliber. You’ll also need to be well-heeled. Big guns cost big bucks.
However, if you compare a select-fire machine gun such as an M16 and a 37 mm Bofors anti-tank gun, they both have similar price tags of around $25,000. So, it depends on what you’d rather have. Some rat-tat-tat or the big boom.
Robert Bigando, AKA Dangerous Bob, next to his 1943 Ordnance


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