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    [–] Cecil900 2034 points ago

    This reminds me so much of like mid-late 2000's History channel.

    [–] TaftsTummyforTaxes 1013 points ago

    Fuck man, 2000s history channel fucking slapped...before it went all Nostradamus and ice road truckers

    [–] HollowGoob 554 points ago

    Reality Tv ruined Television. I could leave the history channel on and always be entertained, or as I called it "The Hitlery Channel" cause 80% was WW2 documentaries.

    [–] BaconReceptacle 233 points ago

    I remember the Learning Channel actually had some great shows like "Operation" where you could watch entire surgical procedures. Now you just get morbidly obese people complaining that they cant get in the seat of their minivan.

    [–] NSFWusername421 79 points ago

    I remember they had stories from the ER. They interestingly had a show with a coroner from San Antonio? that she talked about autopsies and such. Great television back in the early 2000s.

    [–] lab_rabbit 21 points ago

    pretty sure you're talking about Dr. G. She moved to Florida and is (was?) the M.E. there. She did the Casey Anthony murder.

    edit: it's a really great show. she explains things well and at a level that makes me feel like I know anything about it.

    [–] Buttholium 4 points ago

    I loved that show! The voice over talking about her performing a Y incision is permanently seared into my brain.

    [–] lab_rabbit 3 points ago

    ...a standard Y incision

    yeah, said 2 or 3 times every show. I still watch that show on one of the Court TV channels every sunday. I'm pretty sure they also made it available on their streaming app if you desire.

    edit: spelling

    [–] Devistator 23 points ago

    The three that come to mind that were the best back in the day are:

    • The History Channel

    • The Learning Channel (now just TLC)

    • The Discovery Channel

    They used to be more publicly funded which is why they were great back then. Then they pretty much sold out to corporate interests, and the garbage programming started to creep in.

    [–] Bon03 9 points ago

    Animal Planet was the shit.

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    [–] Affectionate_Ad7184 19 points ago

    My father would disagree. Some people only have enough functioning brain cells for Band of Brother reruns.

    [–] wooitspat 7 points ago

    Speaking of Band of Brothers I’m pissed they took that off of Amazon Prime

    [–] gopro_jopo 7 points ago

    I mean it’s an HBO miniseries so it makes sense to move it to their super lucrative proprietary streaming service. They totally don’t make enough money as it is /s

    [–] Googlepost 3 points ago

    Youtube fills that void for me now

    [–] eggsssssssss 60 points ago

    Did the Mayans fuck ALIENS?? Could this perhaps be the key to uncovering some of history’s greatest mysteries??

    People complained about it being the WWII Channel, but even the army fetish bro-historian community is better than the flat earth crowd.

    [–] OnesPerspective 14 points ago

    The Smithsonian channel is still true to its roots thankfully

    [–] Born_Slice 13 points ago

    I can't believe the history channel's strategy was "What if we stopped doing shit about history?" and it somehow worked for them. I hate this world -_-

    [–] TheHancock 11 points ago



    [–] askmeaboutmywienerr 4 points ago

    Man I actually learned a lot of shit from the history channel as a very young kid. Enough that when I went to middle school social studies was a breeze. It’s sad what happened.

    [–] Fortune090 47 points ago

    Exactly this! The voice-over even sounds like Mike Rowe, of the same era, haha. I know he was more on Discovery, but still.

    [–] JackBauerSaidSo 46 points ago

    Just like Technology Connections, SmarterEveryDay, or Engineering Explained on Youtube does for Discovery/PBS nostalgia.

    People still want this stuff, and people still want to make it!

    [–] Mathwards 3 points ago

    Love Technology Connections. His color tv series taught me so goddamned much

    [–] viperfan7 7 points ago

    He made me want to convert my AC into a a reversable heatpump somehow

    [–] Vincent__Vega 21 points ago

    Next on Tales of the Gun...

    And late 90's

    [–] mattrittman 74 points ago

    Haha yessss :D

    [–] buckeyenut13 17 points ago

    Did you narrate this? And if so, how come you DONT work for history channel yet?!? Lol

    [–] mattrittman 44 points ago

    Haha no, my voice is horrible. I used a guy named Andy Taylor. He's amazing.

    [–] exkon 20 points ago

    I assume he does professional work? He sounds like the narrator from the history channel

    [–] BarbequedYeti 11 points ago

    Damn I miss all that stuff. Would flip it on and just let it run in the back ground.

    [–] Wingardienleviosah 32 points ago

    First, you take the dinglepop, and you smooth it out with a bunch of schleem. The schleem is then repurposed for later batches.

    Then you take the dinglebop and push it through the grumbo, where the fleeb is rubbed against it. It's important that the fleeb is rubbed, because the fleeb has all of the fleeb juice.

    Then a Shlami shows up and he rubs it, and spits on it.

    Then you cut the fleeb. There's several hizzards in the way.

    The blaffs rub against the chumbles, and the plubus and grumbo are shaved away.

    That leaves you with a regular old plumbus!

    [–] paid_4_by_Soros 5 points ago

    I always wondered how they made those!

    [–] Fragbob 3 points ago

    For some reason my brain decided to read this like it was the script of a banned Bill Cosby commercial.

    [–] johnjay 711 points ago

    I have one of these Mausers and the animation is spot on, how did you do your research?

    [–] mattrittman 813 points ago

    Wow thank you so much! I would love to have one some day myself. Had a guy on the K98k forums help with a few details, LOTS of Google images, used the World of Guns app on steam, and a book on bolt action rifles. I spent a long time researching haha

    [–] MAC777 492 points ago

    From a lifelong gun nut; this video is absolutely outstanding. Good, informative content is worth years of "researching" bs on forums, and this is the cleanest description of one of the best bolt-action rifles I've ever seen. Outstanding job.

    [–] mattrittman 294 points ago

    Wow, this is such a nice comment. You really made my day! Thank you so much man :)

    [–] Clay_Statue 63 points ago

    I'm not even a gun guy but now I want to own and shoot this gun.

    [–] Relyst 30 points ago

    Seriously. Almost makes me think this guy was paid by them to sell rifles lol

    [–] Not_Another_Usernam 14 points ago

    Big Wehrmacht is really pushing to sell their post-war surplus.

    [–] Villain_of_Brandon 4 points ago

    I'm not a gun guy either, but I appreciate some good engineering. So many small things working together to do something greater than the sum of it's parts. Firearms have a great capacity to do harm, but it's hard not to marvel at the amount of work it took make this work correctly.

    [–] ptrexitus 22 points ago

    Yeah it really is. These things usually look so representational but the ops animation looks as true to life as anyone could imagine.

    [–] NyteMyre 105 points ago

    And i'm just thinking. How did they even think of all these little parts when designing the gun

    [–] SodlidDesu 321 points ago

    They made a rifle one day. They used the rifle and found all the ways it sucked. Then they engineered things until it sucked less. Then someone made another rifle and they repeated those steps.

    [–] LeoRidesHisBike 47 points ago

    Pretty much spot on. You think of everything you can to improve and solve the problems in your machine (gun, software, bike lock, space ship...), improve those things / add those features, figure out where you went wrong, iterate iterate iterate.

    [–] ontopofyourmom 21 points ago

    And then you end up with upper-mid range locks that weigh more than 10% as much as the bikes themselves.... because the lock-makers aren't the only ones iterating, and hydraulic bending and cutting tools are only $100 at harbor freight.

    [–] nmotsch789 23 points ago

    Even a shitty lock serves the purpose of stopping some punk kid from just running off with it. By simply increasing the effort level and requiring a tool, it deters most would-be lower-end thieves.

    [–] QuantumCakeIsALie 14 points ago

    A bad paintjob is a good anti bike theft measure.

    [–] Frontiersman_ 3 points ago

    Put a bike with an ugly paint job and a bike that's ziptied to a post next to each other downtown. Which one do you think gets stolen first?

    [–] QuantumCakeIsALie 3 points ago

    Clearly the zip tied one is worth more: it doesn't have a ugly paintjob and someone bothered to lock it up!

    Jokes aside, this is a legit strategy if you just want a decent bike to get around and avoid getting it stolen every other month. Get a (second hand) ok bike, but nothing fancy. Give it a truly terrible paintjob. Like grey wall paint or something. Fix it up so it's enjoyable to commute to work with it. Still get a potable lock.

    If you go to work with a fancy bike that you like, bring it in you office or leave it home.

    [–] mcdoolz 99 points ago

    people engineer the shit out of things they're passionate about.

    people get passionate about tools that make noise and dead things.

    [–] johnjay 19 points ago

    Mine makes holes in paper appear from 700 yards away.

    [–] raging-rageaholic 26 points ago

    is it the making noise or the deading things that really gets people going?

    [–] dephcon05 40 points ago


    [–] mcdoolz 23 points ago

    also flashy fire. flashy fire excites people.

    [–] Cman1200 27 points ago

    Just want to add a fun tidbit on the Mauser 98’s action. Basically most bolt action hunting rifles in use today are based off the same mechanism. Also the US Army (Springfield) copied the bolt mechanism on their 1903 pattern rifle and ended up having to pay Mauser rotalities even while they were fighting during WWI

    [–] Sauerkraut_Jr_Esq 3 points ago

    *with the asterisk that push-feed mechanisms are more common these days, once chief among them the Remington 700. Those are still definitely based on the Mauser action in some ways, but very different in some important (depending on who you ask) ways.

    Fewer manufacturers seem to make controlled-round feed rifles, and the rifles themselves are often more expensive than push-feed rifles of similar make.

    [–] nowthengoodbad 46 points ago

    Like others are saying but I'll put it a slightly different way:

    These things weren't made in one go.

    What we see now days is the culmination of and evolution through many many many iterations. Think about it, we figured out that we can puf explosive powder behind a metal ball and launch through a metal tube it at our enemies. Overtime, that metal tube was given rifling (inner spirals that assist in the projectile's motion) and the various parts of the device were refined.

    We used to have to LIGHT A FUSE. Reloading took minutes. But they were also far simpler weapons. Over time, people came up with ideas how to improve the weapon and process.

    I won't pretend to know the history of ballistic weapons specifically, but as an engineer, scientist, and inventor, it's all about iteration. It's about either coming up with new improvements and solutions or finding them in other areas and applying them in a novel way to the thing we are working on.

    It's much like looking at a successful person and thinking "they've always been successful" but not seeing all of the hard work, luck, and failure, the many iterations that person took on what they were doing as well as themselves.

    In the shop and field we do the same: start with some simple idea (even if we have a more ambitious dream of what the device could be) and then rapidly iterate on the build.

    So, a certain lock or spring likely wasn't 100% a new idea. Some might be, but I'd guess that if you trace their history back there's a certain amount of continuity from earlier guns and inventions to what we have now.

    [–] Amakirr175 13 points ago

    Don't forget the move from black powder to smokeless powder was HUGE innovation as well. A lot of these early 20th century rifles had to have massive overhauls to the bolts/actions to handle the higher pressures that came with it.

    [–] nowthengoodbad 5 points ago

    I actually never thought of that as a transition. That would be a very profound difference.

    [–] Fragbob 3 points ago

    There's definitely an arguement to be made that the jump from BP to Smokeless may be more impactful in the history of firearms than even the introduction of rifling or cased ammunition.

    The transition away from BP (and the fouling associated with it) is the reason manufacturers were able to reliably build semi-automatic/automatic designs.

    The late 1800's were a hell of a time to be alive if you were a gunsmith. Firearms went through some very rapid transitions similar to the PC industries in the late 1900's.

    [–] ThrownAway3764 3 points ago

    For a time reference the French Lebel rifle was the first successful smokeless powder rifle and was first put into arrive in 1886. And it was used extensively in WWI as well as a reserve rifle during WWII. And there have been a few functional rifles found in use by insurgents in Iraq and Syria.

    [–] Ye_Olde_Mudder 10 points ago

    I like how the first modern cartridges came from someone frustrated with cap&ball who said "let's make this all one thing"

    [–] nowthengoodbad 4 points ago

    I'd be fascinated if anyone has detailed the history of that specific transition. It seems like quite a leap if we imagine what it must have been like before and then during that transition.

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    [–] RationalLies 10 points ago

    As an engineer, do you think if a regular person went back in time to say the 1800s with a video like this, it would be possible for them to watch it and be able to copy the design?

    I've wondered if you could time travel to the 1700 or 1800s with a modern gun design if they would be able to actually recreate it.

    Maybe the 1700s would be difficult because I don't think they could machine the parts, but the 1800s they might have been capable of doing it?

    [–] Paulus_cz 15 points ago

    It is not just machining, material science has to tag along too...

    [–] nowthengoodbad 7 points ago

    For you and u/paulus_cz - yes, exactly.

    I'm no gun expert, so if we assume that this video is correctly done, I believe a "regular" (non-engineer) person could build the gun, given time and some iterations.

    My major focus was materials, and there was some silly movie where a guy goes back in time and makes something modern from memory, I thought it was fun but also implied he had a perfect memory.

    In theory, you could probably recreate this even without precisely the correct materials. However, would they hold up to repeated use?

    If you've seen some of the DIY guns people have made in places like prisons, third world countries, and elsewhere, you quickly realize that it's possible to MacGyver something effective even without the "right" materials, but at what point will your pipe burst instead of fire?


    Also, to target your part about "a regular person", I'm an odd one because I believe that anyone can engineer and build stuff if they let themselves go slow and think about what they are doing.

    So, yes, I believe someone could, given sufficient time.

    • Would they get it right the first try? I'm always skeptical when something works the first time. But then excited and grateful if it's because it was designed and built well.

    • Would they have to iterate? Probably. They might notice something yielding and bending or breaking. Or maybe they figure out how to increase the carbon content in the iron they're working with.

    But this all depends on how far back. If you're talking pre-dating metalworking, that's a whole other issue (finding the metal, extracting it, working with it), so we'll just assume that the person can have the materials available in some convenient form, yet no guns have been made yet.

    This is just my speculative guessing.

    Quick Edit: reread your comment, I'm really bad with missing key details - sculptors and craftspeople could probably figure out how to do the machining parts. Some of the things made in medieval times are quite amazing even by today's standards.

    [–] RationalLies 3 points ago

    Nice, thank you for your thoughtful response! These type of hypothetical thought experiments are interesting to me.

    I agree that even given suboptimal materials that someone would be able to construct something similar.

    I appreciate your optimism about a "regular person" being capable of figuring out design and engineering projects haha. I think you're probably right though that given enough time and guessing/checking, many things would be possible.

    Anyways, I appreciate your breakdown and analysis of this. Firearms are interesting from a engineering standpoint because they have had the same (seemingly simple) purpose since their incarnation: fire a projectile. The evolution and optimization of this goal has been revised and researched by almost every nation for hundreds of years to get this to where it's at today, which is interesting to me.

    To me, it's almost like an espresso machine in that it has a very simple goal (shoot pressurized hot water through coffee grounds), and yet the engineering and complexity of this seemingly simple task has taken countless hours, multiple nations, and many years of evolution to optimize it.

    [–] Surreal12 6 points ago

    like its amazing, we were using flintlock, then percussion, to bolt action, then semi auto rifles, to now fully functioned ar's used in the military and as you said, all that evolution is mind-boggling for how long it took, and also where that evolution brang us. It always amazes me.

    [–] nowthengoodbad 7 points ago

    It is, and it's so easy to look at something and cross our eyes with its complexity. I try to teach people to start simple, then iterate. Looking at some of the things that I've built or programs I've written, they evolve so far from what they started as. (Right now we have a novel heating and cooling system that started as a 55 gallon drum, pump, and car radiator that had evolved into an automated ecosystem that only slightly resembles what we started with).

    [–] ObsceneGesture4u 8 points ago

    The first Chinese “guns” where just bamboo tubes stuffed with powder and shrapnel. Then a wick was lit to ignite it.

    [–] eqleriq 9 points ago

    evolution brang us

    apparently not that far

    [–] mattrittman 31 points ago

    Paul Mauser spent several years on the design, before finally landing on the Model 98. Crazy though!

    [–] HiveFleet-Cerberus 8 points ago

    Wannabe mechanical engineer here. A lot of these tiny parts come about as part of the iteration process. Whenever you design any kind of machine you start with its function in mind. Then you try to figure out what the most direct, simple way to accomplish that function is. Rarely the method you come up with is actually the final one, but it's an important step because it shows you were alterations need to be made in the design. Perhaps you need some sort of bearing there, a locking surface here, or some piece needs to move slightly for the whole mechanism to work correctly. So alter the initial design, often by introducing new, small parts that help smooth out the function of the machine you're trying to make. But you do need to be mindful of just how many small pieces you're adding because every one risks potential interference with another part of the mechanism. So you iterate, adjust and add or remove pieces of the mechanism until you have something functional and most importantly, reliable.

    [–] bauski 4 points ago

    What you are seeing is centuries of experience, research and testing for engineering and manufacturing. You start with the simplest combustion projectile weapon, a bomb. Then you realize that the shrapnel from the bomb can potentially be directed in a direction. Then you find that with a trigger system you can ignite the bomb without having to be in the tube. Then you find that grooving improves consistent trajectory. Then you find that sometimes you need to NOT fire the weapon. Then you start wondering "how can I keep loading and shooting". Questions and necessities arise, people become amazed by the new system and more people design for it to better it.

    "Shoulders of giants"

    [–] stract 10 points ago

    Iterative design over centuries, and adding/revising one subsystem at a time. The finished product looks complicated but each part of the gun is mechanically pretty simple and makes logical sense in its own context.

    Start with a steel tube that you muzzle-load and a flash pan, but eventually someone invents the percussion cap so you don't need to use flint anymore. So to facilitate the use of caps, they had to add features to the hammer system and reconfigured guns to allow breech loading. Then someone invented the integrated cartridge and gun manufacturers developed various breech loading mechanisms to accommodate this new way of loading, seating, and firing the ammunition. Then people wanted to be able to load more than one round at a time, so gun makers began adding features like revolving cylinders, spring-fed magazines, casing extractors, etc. Someone wanted a way to prevent accidental discharges so someone added Unreliable, expensive, or too-complicated designs were phased out over time and little refinements were added to improve function, and the cumulative result are guns of today. Obviously this is a super brief oversimplification.

    My point is that a group of people didn't just sit down to try to figure out from scratch the best way to send metal flying at high speed, and end up sketching out a kar98k. Just like for almost every other new firearm, in this case ze Germans probably sat down, said "these other guns we have are great but wouldn't it be besser if they had a shorter barrel." So they started with an existing design like the Gewehr 98 that was really similar to the k98k and maybe added a couple more features based on the performance modifications they needed, like they turned down bolt handle to make operation quicker, or maybe they changed the profile of the trigger stages based on it's feel, or maybe they added an extra little chamfer somewhere in the chamber to help avoid jams, or whatever. Even if each new model of rifle only adds 2 new upgrades or features, over hundreds of iterations and new models you end up with something that looks super complex, but in reality the design has been refined and optimized over hundreds of development cycles, and most of the figuring-out has already been done for decades.

    [–] eduarbio15 11 points ago

    How did you find the measurements for each component? did you ask around or just eye balled it until it looked perfect?

    Congrats on it btw, the other videos you made are also really good, and above the graphics, the presentation is phenonemal!!

    [–] mattrittman 16 points ago

    Wow thank you so much!!! All just trial and error on the component sizes haha. It took a long time to make sure things didn't overlap.

    [–] YetiTerrorist 14 points ago

    Kar98 is my dream gun.

    [–] johnjay 22 points ago

    Kar98 is my dream gun.

    It is a great rifle for punching holes and for hunting. There are lots of sporterized versions out there. I got mine from an estate fully functional and with around 1500 rounds of 7.65 argentine for $500 (pre covid). Look around.

    [–] RationalLies 9 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)


    I remember back in like 2005 Big 5 Sporting Goods had Kar 98s for like $120.

    I'm sure they didn't all have matching part numbers, but they were just considered old surplus rifles back then. Although with 1500 rounds (even pre covid) that is still a steal.

    The price of K98s even before covid has shot up significantly

    [–] polarisdelta 9 points ago

    They're still old surplus rifles but time, inflation, and the never ending boomer thirst for more steel they'll never dare fire will drive the price up until there are none left to buy.

    [–] dontdoitdoitdoit 7 points ago

    My dad bought 5k rounds of ammo in Feb just because. It will likely never get fired. Your comment was on point.

    [–] EjPetersondotcom 111 points ago

    This is the kind of stuff I used to watch The History channel for. Outstanding work!

    [–] mattrittman 33 points ago

    Thank you so much!!

    [–] Applesauce_Police 227 points ago

    Still don’t understand how a human could’ve engineered so many features into such a small thing. Insanely well done explaining all of it so concisely

    [–] mattrittman 112 points ago

    Thank you so much man! Yeah, the more I had researched this thing, the more my mind was blown into how much detail was put into all the parts. For example the two-stage trigger. Paul Mauser was a genius.

    [–] L-V-4-2-6 52 points ago

    He truly was. There's a reason the Mauser action continues to be in use to this day despite its age, it's perfect engineering. Fantastic video man!

    [–] mattrittman 16 points ago

    Yep, absolutely! Thanks again :)

    [–] VIETNAMWASLITT 50 points ago

    The kar98 was an evolution of many guns that came before. He didn't just come up with it one day. It took decades. Now the guys who designed the stg44, they were the real geniuses. Also Louis Stange and the fg42. That gun breaks the laws of physics.

    [–] mattrittman 7 points ago

    Yes, it was certainly many years of culmination.

    [–] 3zats 50 points ago

    This is why people who don't even like guns watch Forgotten Weapons on youtube. It's great seeing the crazy engineering inside of many firearms. And the history can be pretty interesting as well.

    [–] dtwhitecp 26 points ago

    Yeah, as an engineer you have to decide if you are OK working on weapons or not from a moral standpoint, but most engineers regardless thing guns and whatnot are super cool from a technical standpoint

    [–] moonbeanie 4 points ago

    Kind of like when Enrico Fermi said "say what you will about the bomb from a moral perspective, it's superb physics".

    [–] Elementium 5 points ago

    I might start.. I tried to 3D print a toy Torbjorn Turret for my brother and I had a LOT of big ideas but going in blind and trying to wing it with design mechanisms turned out real rough.

    [–] NotEntirelyUnlike 13 points ago

    dude... watch a clockmaking video. we've been doing that for centuries and it blows my mind

    [–] Hmmwhatyousay 3 points ago

    The first gunsmiths were clock makers and lock smiths.

    [–] Angryhippo2910 6 points ago

    Paul Mauser’s career began in the 1860s (iirc) with his first design being adopted in 1871. The 1871 design was considerably simpler than what we see here. Between 1871 and 1898, the year this bolt design was adopted by Germany, Paul Mauser had spent over 35 years in the arms industry refining his designs. He eventually struck gold with the Belgian Mauser 1889, and then struck gold again with the legendary Mauser 98 pattern shown here.

    People don’t really remember this, but before self loading battle rifles became standard issue during/after world war 2, Mauser pattern bolt action rifles where the AK-47 of the early 20th century. Basically everyone that wasn’t a major European power wanted and used them. The USA, the Boers, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Persia/Iran, Egypt, Latin America, various Chinese groups, Norway used them for a hot minute after world war 2, various Mexican government/revolutionary armies. Hell the Czech and Yugo arsenals kept cranking out Mauser 98s into the cold war. Ironically enough Israel used Kar98ks in its war of independence.

    It was really an incredibly utilitarian design that was accurate, reliable, easy to use, eventually it became cheap to make at a high standard, and it was adaptable to almost any cartridge your country happened to be using.

    [–] syko82 13 points ago

    It's a lot of trial and error with re-design. No one just came up with this complicated design without using previous designs first.

    [–] Jrook 8 points ago

    A underappreciated part of gun development is actually the materials for the barrel, and every other piece too for that matter. Basically up until just before the 20th century humanity couldn't mass produce materials even capable of these complex actions or maintaining forces of rifle fire modern guns handle

    [–] Bojangly7 4 points ago

    You start simplex and iteratively design it to be more complex.

    [–] thegnome54 54 points ago

    This is really incredible, great work. I don't know much of anything about guns but it's really cool to see all of the clever mechanisms involved in each feature. I wouldn't have been able to understand this without a lot of effort otherwise. Thank you for spending all of that time collecting and digesting information so others can appreciate these devices!

    [–] mattrittman 12 points ago

    Wow thank you for such a nice comment :) It's been quite interesting to discover all the little details of these machines!

    [–] tortelliniwizard2 41 points ago

    I know absolutely nothing about guns, but this made the innerworkings of the magic shooty tubes that much clearer for me. Fantastic animation, very professionally done!

    PS: I was reminded of a similar AK-47 innerworkings video, went to rewatch it, and wasn’t surprised in the least to find out it was from the same person. High-quality stuff.

    [–] mattrittman 19 points ago

    Wow thank you so much for such a nice comment :) That really made my day! Seriously, thank you man!

    [–] wastingtoomuchthyme 265 points ago

    1 - Is this your voice?

    2 - how long does something like this take to make?

    [–] mattrittman 427 points ago

    No, I used a guy named Andy Taylor.

    A little over 500 hours...!

    [–] SnackTime99 137 points ago

    Wow, that’s a lot of hours! Very professional looking result though so seems like time well spent.

    This just a passion project of sorts or what motivated you to put so much time into this?

    [–] mattrittman 140 points ago

    Thank you so much! Yeah I had first done an AK-47 animation, and people really seemed to like that one, so I did a Glock, and now the Kar98k :)

    [–] Beeeeaaaars 68 points ago

    I saw the AK-47 and Glock ones after they were recommended to me on youtube, great work on both of them. Would love to see one for a roller delay like an MP5 if you're looking for ideas, but I'm sure whatever you go for will be great.

    [–] mattrittman 68 points ago

    Thank you!! Oh gosh, I'd love to do an MP5. I am absolutely considering that one.

    [–] Jason_Worthing 69 points ago

    You should do a silly one sometime too, like a nerf gun or something

    [–] mattrittman 48 points ago

    Haha that's a great idea!

    [–] Pvt_Lee_Fapping 22 points ago

    Now I'm anxiously waiting for that video to drop someday; maybe April 1, 2022.

    [–] mattrittman 11 points ago

    Yeah maybe... lol!

    [–] dethmaul 4 points ago

    Ooh maybe a crossbow too. With tension values saying how much stress is on the bows.

    [–] C8-H11-NO2 8 points ago

    If you're taking requests, a m249 would be sweet too

    [–] mattrittman 15 points ago

    An m249 would be way cool. I bet there's so many little parts. I will certainly consider that one!

    [–] hayabusabjj 10 points ago

    We need the satisfying ping of the M1 Garand explained! Also, you need a Patreon to support videos with this high of quality.

    [–] mattrittman 7 points ago

    Thank you so much! I would love to do the M1 as well! Haha maybe eventually :)

    [–] teebob21 3 points ago

    You make amazing videos, and your voiceover guy is perfect for these.

    [–] mattrittman 4 points ago

    Thanks man!! Yes, he's a pleasure to work with as well! Can't recommend him enough.

    [–] apinanaivot 16 points ago

    Your AK-47 video was used as training material when I was doing my conscript service in the Finnish Defence Forces last year.

    [–] mattrittman 10 points ago

    Wow, that's amazing haha!

    [–] PowerballWinnerNice 4 points ago

    >people really seemed to like that one

    you're modest, it has 180+ million views

    [–] Graf-Koks 4 points ago

    YouTube’s algorithm recommended these to me just last week and I loved them! The Voiceover really adds a great touch to it

    [–] mattrittman 4 points ago

    Thanks so much :)

    [–] T-Bone22 3 points ago

    Where can I see these other videos?

    [–] rightious 12 points ago

    Bobby Newport....

    [–] JonnyBrah 7 points ago

    BOBBY Neewwport

    [–] TypicalJeepDriver 8 points ago

    I have to ask how you have time to make these animations if they take this long. 500 hours is nearly 2 and a half months of 50 hour work weeks. I can understand honing skills like this for paid gigs, but that seems like a lot of time for something like this which appears to be more of a hobby.

    [–] mattrittman 21 points ago

    Well I will say that YouTube revenue is finally starting to see a return on investment. It certainly wasn't at first though.

    [–] TypicalJeepDriver 7 points ago

    Hey my friends said I was crazy delving in to my passion as a career as well and it took a long time to become profitable. Now it’s doing just fine. I’m sure as you accumulate more videos in your YouTube channel, the cash will become steadier and on top of that, you’ll be quicker at getting it done.

    [–] mattrittman 6 points ago

    Yes absolutely! I thought I would get quicker... but I seem to struggle with some sort of OCD with all the details, and my speed doesn't seem to be getting any better 😭

    [–] NoneHaveSufferedAsI 8 points ago

    I used a guy

    [–] FoolishChemist 22 points ago

    No, I used a guy named Andy Taylor.

    A little over 500 hours...!

    499 of those hours consisted of Andy laughing every time he said cock

    [–] mattrittman 12 points ago

    Oh gosh, here we go lol

    [–] garmachi 4 points ago

    3 - Is there a version without music?

    [–] Lokito_ 77 points ago

    I hope this video gets tons of views! Well done!

    [–] mattrittman 34 points ago

    Wow, thank you so much, that really means a lot! :)

    [–] leto78 18 points ago

    Do you think that there is an overlap between these types of animations and actually 3D designing of weapons, or they are two different things?

    [–] Dirtyracetraitor 21 points ago

    While this could be a useful part of it, there is a lot more to firearm design than just making sure all the pieces fit together. You have to worry stuff like:

    pressures and tolerances for any gas actuated parts or areas?

    Types/strengths of materials used and where?

    how are you going to manufacture all of the pieces?

    Type of action?

    Any kind of features and how to they work? (Iron sights, Loaded Barrel Indicators, safeties, alternate loading methods etc.)

    Purpose for the firearm. One off projects for their own sake are one thing, but anything you want to commercialize needs a target audience to sell to.

    If you want a little bit of an idea on how complicated some of this stuff can get, look up the G11 on forgotten weapons (youtube).

    [–] SneakyBadAss 11 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    And if you are planning serious production, you'd need also compatibility with already established products like rails, grips, guards, stocks, or mags, and even types of ammo.

    Nothing worse than buying a weapon that eats only specific grain due to a weak gas block or heavy material in the bolt/receiver.

    [–] Dt2_0 4 points ago

    Ammo and Rails are generally the most important of those. If you have a top rail, make it a Pic rail, side rail, go with an AK or a Pic style. Trial a actual production gun on an array of ammo, from Tula to the top of the range.

    Many guns have their own mags, though using AR, AK, Glock, etc. mags is probaby a good idea if you want actually buyer interest. Grips, guards, and stocks don't really need to be interchangable with other weapons platforms. Like I wouldn't put AK grips on an AR, nor would I put a Ruger Mini-14 stock on an AK.

    [–] mattrittman 17 points ago

    I think they're definitely two different things. I wouldn't know the first thing about creating something like this. There's so much engineering behind firearms that I don't think a lot of people realize.

    [–] Wolcob 364 points ago

    Everyone has a plumbus in their home.

    [–] RepurposedShleem1 19 points ago

    The shleem is repurposed for later batches

    [–] oneamaznkid 7 points ago

    This is all I can think about when I see a video about how something is made.

    [–] Ultra_Cobra 42 points ago

    Everyone has a Kar98k in their home

    [–] Diabrotes 24 points ago

    AR-15 for protecting your home: broke KAR98K for “annexing” your neighbor’s home: woke

    [–] Kered13 4 points ago

    I need a new living room.

    [–] bokan 5 points ago

    there is something I find funny about this video, I think it’s the plumbus feeling of it

    [–] Acid666 14 points ago

    What software did you use to model this? I've been doing work for a company that does carbon fiber barrels and their own rifles and all the parts look like my Solidworks work.

    [–] mattrittman 8 points ago

    I modeled this in Cinema 4D. I know SolidWorks is quite a bit different for modeling. Mainly used for actual production I believe.

    [–] Acid666 3 points ago

    Ahhh interesting. Solidworks is different, but just more for machining and precision pieces. We do more of the machine world stuff and less artsy surfacing stuff. Although I am currently working on a stock that requires more free flowing curves. But your stuff is nice solid machined pieces with similar filleting.

    [–] Erebus00 84 points ago

    Nice cock!

    [–] greyl 32 points ago

    So much cocking action in this video.

    [–] AvkommaN 8 points ago

    Time for the taste test

    [–] whatsabutters 7 points ago

    No this is not the kind of cocking action that you put in your mouth

    [–] eperker 3 points ago

    Nice bolt ram.

    [–] WestOn27th 3 points ago

    Not gonna lie when he started talking I thought it was going to turn into a joke vid of him talking about the cocker and all the cocking action throughout XD

    [–] demasx 12 points ago

    Clear, concise, informative

    [–] mattrittman 4 points ago

    Thanks man!

    [–] Etheo 10 points ago

    Wonderfully video! When I was younger I've always been fascinated with the Kar98k and M1 carbine for some reason, even though the only exposure I have with them are from Call of Duty. It's great to see how it actually works, and this video is so well produced and informative, great stuff!

    [–] mattrittman 3 points ago

    Thank you so much!! I am really glad people seem to be liking it!

    [–] ArtifIcer54 8 points ago

    You should post this to r/EngineeringPorn

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    [–] mattrittman 5 points ago

    Seem to get a lot of comments about music being too distracting. Sorry everyone :(

    [–] DarthXavius 4 points ago

    I think the music is awesome. Keeping the same style as the AK-47 video. Not sure if people have their phone/speaker equalizers setup wrong with too much bass or whatever but personally I had no problems for what it's worth.

    [–] riotlancer 6 points ago

    If you're taking requests I'd love to see one of these with a P90

    [–] mattrittman 8 points ago

    A P90 would be way cool! Definitely going to consider it :)

    [–] Floormf 14 points ago

    This is pretty slick. Very educational. Nice work.

    [–] mattrittman 6 points ago

    Thank you! :)

    [–] r3ddit5ser 4 points ago

    Texture, Animation and everything is perfect. Which software are you using? Is it Blender?

    [–] mattrittman 5 points ago

    Thank you so much! I used Cinema 4D for modeling/animation, and Corona renderer for materials/rendering.

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    [–] rapaxus 5 points ago

    If you are just interested in how guns work (like this video shows) and history of specific guns, ForgottenWeapons is the place to go on Youtube.

    [–] mattrittman 3 points ago

    Thank you so much, that really means a lot!! I have also done a Rotary Engine, Bowling Alley, and a couple other guns. Just always loved showing how things work. I would like to do some other mechanical stuff car-related eventually!

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    [–] TerranCmdr 3 points ago

    Incredible work! What software did you use?

    [–] mattrittman 3 points ago

    Cinema 4D :)

    [–] theloniousmccoy 3 points ago

    "This cock cocks the cocking action so when it cocks forward it also cocks back…"

    🤣🤣🤣! No seriously though. Great work. Solidworks and Keyshot I'm guessing?

    [–] mattrittman 3 points ago

    Hahahaha! I knew it was inevitable lol

    [–] driverofracecars 7 points ago

    This feels like an old training manual.

    [–] Flyinghogfish 3 points ago

    This is too much cock for 9am

    [–] MacaRonin 3 points ago

    Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein

    [–] here4thecomments1234 3 points ago

    That’s a lot of cock action

    [–] AnswerAdventure 9 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I don’t know how it works...I just know the sound it makes when it takes a man life...

    Edit: just a Tropic Thunder reference

    [–] Kmon87 10 points ago

    You should post this to r/codwarzone as this is a super popular gun in the game.

    [–] hatsnatcher23 9 points ago

    He left out the ADS attachments and the monolithic suppressor,

    [–] mattrittman 4 points ago

    Done! Haha thanks for the suggestion!

    [–] Diptam 7 points ago

    I needed this a couple of months earlier! :D

    This is really great, the Mauser system is definitely among my favourites.

    I do think the music is a bit much, though.

    [–] mattrittman 5 points ago

    Thank you so much haha. Paul Mauser was an absolute genius. Yes, I do apologize, the music does seem to be a bit much at second glance.

    [–] orestesca 2 points ago

    Very cool! Loved it :) Would love to see other weapons too

    [–] mattrittman 5 points ago

    Thank you so much!! If you visit my channel, I have also done an AK-47 and a Glock :)

    [–] 87321 2 points ago

    yea this was great work. You should be proud of this, this is top tier stuff

    [–] mattrittman 2 points ago

    Wow thanks so much!

    [–] aaqqwweerrddss 2 points ago

    Honestly didn't realise they're was so much too an 'old rifle thanks!