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Mateba Unica Six Hunter by chulski Mateba Unica Six Hunter by chulski
I had been looking for one of these for the last FIVE YEARS. I finally got one (that I could afford)!
As the name implies, it's a Mateba auto-revolver. It's the "safe queen" of my collection of oddities from the firearms world. It's also a variant of the revolver Togusa (I think that's the characters name) carries in the anime "Ghost In The Shell". (his model never really existed)

It's in .357 magnum with a 6" barrel.

If you're interested in buying one, keep an eye on gun auction websites. I got mine on gunbroker.com, but there are others.
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Lepug101 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
say why the shotgun shell?
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chulski Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Scale...I guess? I worked at a gun store at the time as their online merchandise poster and I might not have noticed it.
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Lepug101 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ah. so I see. nice scale refrence (If it was intentional :< )
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Arrkhal Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd swear that's an 8" barrel, not 6". Have you taken out a ruler and measured it? Looks exactly the same size as my 8-5/8" .44 mag, minus the stupid recoil comp I can't seem to remove. [link]
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chulski Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Might be. I still think it's a 6" barrel-you might be being thrown off by the compensator gadget. But to cover my bases, I haven't measured it myself.
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JasonWolfe Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Togusa carried a Mateba 2008M, a fictional model based on the actual 2006M. Both featured a squared off barrel, but the 2006M retained the downward swinging cylinder, as opposed to Togusa's, which swung up. The upward swing actually make loading more awkward, requiring the user to hold the cylinder. Also, the 2008M in the Ghost in the Shell series was chambered in 9mm; none of the Mateba autorevolvers were chambered in this weak-ass caliber. Actually, one model was even chambered for the massive .454 Casull round. BTW, where did you get this? I too am dying to own one. They are the most beautiful revolver in the world. If they ever remake the Dirty Harry movies, he should carry one of these (they do come in .44 magnum).
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tomahowktotheface Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
i just ordered one of these from a guy in the states
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nsamok6620 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am going to buy one. There is no doubt about it. There is one on gun broker right now. 6" with a 2" compensator, in .44. I WANT IT SO BAD I CAN TASTE IT! Too bad I don't have $3500 just lying around. Unlike you though, I will shoot it. Maybe not that often, but even if you have (buy) a very expensive and rare car, you have to drive it at least a couple of times, otherwise whats the point? Any-who, great gun and I hope you enjoy it.
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buzzgunner Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
You ARE lucky to own one. I have the same model, only with the 4" barrel. It took me three years to find mine and, like you, I almost never take it out of the safe and fire it. According to Wikipedia, these were produced until 2005, which (I suppose) is when the Italian company went under.
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chulski Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I'd heard 2003 for Mateba to go under, but I'm inclined to agree with you on the luck part. I found a place in Florida that's the sole "importer" (since I suspect he just bought a bunch when they were still be imported). I'm amazed that any are still around for sale w/ the fan base of the "Ghost in the Shell" fan base-but most of them probably want a 2" model.
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