Why build such a gun, aside from the reasons already stated?
That’s reminiscent of mountaineer George Mallory’s reason for climbing Mt. Everest: “Because it is there.” In the case of “Simple Jack,” it’s because Savage can. Plus because it’s fun. And why not?
It’s bad enough, from a gun-grabber’s point of view, that the Cyberdyne Systems “Simple Jack” 1919A-10 Man-Portable Modular Weapon System starts with a Browning .30 caliber machine gun. That alone is sure to give the most demanding mom or the most indignant gelding a case of the vapors. The modifications may just give them all apoplexy.
Of course it’s not really built by Cyberdyne. Movie buffs will automatically recognize the hat-tip to a Hollywood blockbuster, along with another hat tip for the name of the gun itself, which goes full overboard on purpose. The real builder is Len Savage of Historic Arms, LLC, and fittingly, it was commissioned by a client to be used for the entertainment industry and for rentals.
What Savage did was add all kinds of bells and whistles to make the most over-the-top gun he could build in a system weighing in at a “mere” 88 pounds. While the 1919A-10 is semi-auto, Savage advises he has “a registered conversion device that drops in.” The joystick control has buttons for a laser, light bar, spotlight, cocking and a ducted cooling fan. A backpack battery feeds power to the system, with CO2 coming from a canister. There’s a programmable counter and display, a temperature display with an override that kicks the cooling system in. There’s an override controlled by the operator to allow remote operation of the system, with the important notation that the gun itself is separable from the add-ons to ensure mechanical functionality cannot be compromised. There’s a built-in tripod.