June 12, 2012
A couple months ago we posted an article about the soon to be released Silver Shadow Gilboa Snake. Finally some better pictures and information has been announced. The Gilboa Snake uses two separate magazines to feed each barrel. Empty casings will eject away from each other from both sides of the upper receiver. Like other models in the Gilboa line the Snake uses a gas piston system. Although the practicality can be argued, the Snake is an interesting design with some merit. The ability to fire two rounds simultaneously with a single trigger pull, will make double tapping a snap.
There is nothing ground breaking with this concept and manufacturers and militaries around the world have spent time in researching the ability to fire 2 rounds with a single pull of the trigger. Silver Shadow may have come the furthest in such research and it is nice to see companies working on “different” concepts. My worry with the concept would be in its function. If there is a failure to extract from both chambers, the time taken to clear both sides of the receiver would be substantial. Regardless, it is a cool concept and a superb feat of engineering.
The rifle is capable of firing in both semi-automatic and automatic modes and is not designed as a civilian weapon. Even without the automatic mode available on the rifle, the ATF would most likely designate it as automatic because of its ability to fire multiple rounds with only a single trigger pull. Don’t expect to see this rifle at your local gun shop any time soon. The Snake even with 9.5″ barrels weighs in at 9.5 pounds unloaded, making it a hefty little PDW.