X-Ray Guns – Revealing Inner Beauty Through CT Scanning

What do you get when a radiologist / NFA gun collector has some free time?

Pictured above is the CT scanned x-ray image of a HK23E (MM23E clone).

I’ve always found x-ray images fascinating.  The rawness of greyscale really gives a glimpse into the manufacturing, engineering, and design.

I exchanged a few emails with the Houston, the owner of XRayGuns and got a real insight into the process.  Little did I know that taking x-rays of such objects involves a lot more than just hitting a button and having it come out looking perfect. In addition to scanning his personal collection, Houston was telling me about a pending project he has for 2011.  It involves scanning a damaged Japanese WWII rifle so the owner of it can see the internals before embarking on a restoration project.  Very neat!

All the scanned images are available on t-shirts that come with the x-ray picture on the front, and native language technical data on the back:

  • More pictures, info and t-shirts over at XRayGuns – HERE


Pete December 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

That is cool.

Next up, fluoroscopy of the gun in action. That would be awesome.


Steve0 December 23, 2010 at 01:31 pm

I just looked fluoroscopy up on youtube.. you’re right, that would be incredible.


DaveA December 21, 2010 at 05:32 pm

Those pictures are amazing. It would be interesting to not only feed the gun through that scanner, but also someone pretending to fire it. I guess that may result in some unnecessary heath consequences though.



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