Firearms

Unicorn Guns: Firearms That Are Hard To Find

Pink unicorn with the wings reared in the grass on mountains background

I love firearms of all shapes and sizes. However, some are rarer than others, and rarity changes how we view a particular gun. Recently, I had the chance to get my hands on some of my favorite unicorn guns. No, I haven’t gone mad, ‘unicorn guns’ is just a clever way of saying that the gun is hard to find. Let’s take a look at some of these uncommon gems.

Pistols: SIG Sauer P226 X5

The SIG Sauer P226 X5 is a pistol that I’ve idolized since I was a kid. It embodies many of the characteristics I’ve come to admire as an adult. This large chunk of steel comes in at 47.2 ounces with an empty mag. This soaks up much of the felt recoil, making the 9mm pistol shoot like an absolute dream.

SIG Sauer X6

The trigger action is where this beauty really shines. This single-action trigger was crisp and light at just under 4 pounds. The sights were target style, with a blacked-out, adjustable rear and front post. This makes for little distraction and good accuracy on the range.

Unfortunately, these pistols are just going to keep becoming rarer, as SIG Sauer is no longer importing pistols from its custom shop in Germany. These pistols are hand-fit to the highest standards and are some of the best shooting and most attractive handguns on the planet.

Rifles: Kel-Tec SU16

The Kel-Tec SU16 is a gun I’ve been wanting to check out for a while. Why? Because it’s different. I love the AR-15 and AK-47, but sometimes it’s nice to handle something more unique. This lightweight and portable 5.56 NATO rifle is an accurate and handy little number. What makes the rifle even more interesting, is the underfolding stock on the SU16C variant. This makes for convenient storage and transportation, whether on or off body.

Additionally, the SU16 accepts standard AR-pattern magazines, so you know that quality mags are reliable and easy to locate. The rifle is equipped with a top picatinny rail for mounting optics, and it worked well when mounting a Swampfox 3X prism scope. If you choose to stick with the irons, they worked well and were standard fare. For certain applications, it may make more sense to keep the bulk down and just use the iron sights.

Kel-Tec SU16C

Shotguns: Benelli M3

This next unicorn gun is one that I personally missed out on at one point. Both finally came in stock at the same time and I had to choose between buying the Benelli M3 and a Daniel Defense Mk18. I chose the AR because it was more practical at the time, but I do sometimes wonder ‘what if?’ Although I haven’t gotten to own one, I have shot the Benelli M3 and it was a blast.

The 3-inch 12-gauge chambering provides a lot of power and versatility, and the ability to convert between semi-auto and pump-action modes makes the M3 shotgun stand out even more. That’s right, you can manually switch between semi-auto and pump-action firing modes depending on your needs at the time.

The Benelli M3 is available with a 19.75-inch barrel and holds 5 rounds in the magazine tube. If you want additional rounds onboard, you can always purchase an aftermarket extension. There are different sight and stock options for the M3. However, the main version you’ll find features a pistol grip stock and ghost ring sights. The Benelli M3 is a versatile powerhouse that’s ready to take on whatever challenge presents itself.

Benelli M3

Other Rare Firearms:

There are plenty more unicorn guns in all different shapes, sizes, styles, and calibers. The old HK P7 line and Swiss P210s are good examples of classics that became a hit and then skyrocketed in scarcity and value. Dracos and other more controversial firearms come and go depending on the political climate. Of course, there are tons of rarities in the milsurp world, all you have to do is head down the rabbit hole. I’m sure, whatever type of firearm you’re into, there are some unicorn guns that are, or should be, on your radar.

Details of many  confiscated modern rifles supplied smuggled guns

Conclusion: Unicorn Guns

Search high and low, and you’ll still never find them all. Though they’re rare, unicorn guns are still out there. With a lot of searching, some patience, and a little luck, you’re sure to find some that will cross your path, just be ready when they do.

What are some of your favorite ‘unicorn guns?’ Let us know in the comment section.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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Comments (27)

  1. I’m still looking for a couple of my holy grail guns:
    I.M.I. Timberwolf – take-down .357 Magnum pump action rifle
    Smith & Wesson CS1 – Special run of the 686 with a 3″ or 4″ barrel, round butt

  2. Hard to find?… how about the Springfield SA35 ?… seems they only made enough of these to have magazine “experts” shoot them & tell the public how nice they shoot … try find one at ya local gun shop or even “big box” outlet?… no freakin way 🙃😬

  3. Dale,
    I believe Sonny Crockett character star of the TV show Miami Vice carried the Bren-10, which was one of the first 10mm caliber semi auto pistols that was a limited production fire arms company and highly desired at that time during the 80’s that everyone wanted including myself.

  4. I have a para ordnance TTR AR15. The recoil spring is above the barrel allowing it to have a side folding stock and still be functional. Mines brand new in the package still, I’ve never seen another one.

  5. Those Hipoints are pretty special little peices. I have one in .40, I’ve seen them before but this one is hard to find. No better gun for punching holes in paper or just holding it down in place on a windy day, Hipoint has a very heavy pistol that usually goes boom.

  6. I just filled 2 of my unicorn guns, both Detonics Combat master 45 pistols! One in Stainless steel, other in Rare Nickle finish!!! Been hunting there for decades

  7. I have a Westley Richards 12 gauge handmade in 1887, with a scan of the original smith’s ledger sheet and a factory letter.

    Wife has an Otto Wendel cape gun, 20 gauge next to 10.4mm Vetterli, made about the same time.

    I have an original .44 Automag.

    I think those are scarcer than anything on your list.

  8. Got the SU16C and its’s great. Would love to find ATI Road Agent and AMT Backup in 38 Super to round out my collection. Sig 226 or Browning in 38 Super wouldn’t be bad either.

  9. Colt Double Eagle in .45ACP with a compensating barrel and trigger job.
    A friend offered to sell me his back in 1992 and I didn’t do it. Partly because i didn’t have the extra cash and partly because I didn’t know what was being offered. Now I do.

  10. The ever popular Colt Delta Elite (10mm). I have the 1st year production that came only blued, and then the newer upgraded version in stainless steel. Both are perfect shooters! Never had a jam or malfunction.

  11. My favorite unicorn gun is my Chinese Norinco PS-01 Sport Pistol. Its a 22lr blowback pistol and is a copy of of the Russian Margolin target pistol. Has no slide lock so it’s a pain to clean w/o removing the slide which is relatively easy to do. I believe only a few hundred were imported before the Clinton gun ban on Chinese firearms. Came with the original foam box with a paper wrapper. The markings on the gun look like they were stamped by a drunk on a Friday afternoon, but otherwise the finish is very nice.

  12. “@ DALE

    MARCH 18, 2022 AT 12:39 PM
    I have a Smith & Wesson model 645 chambered in .45 ACP. This is the one that Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) carried in the Miami Vice TV show. You can’t find them anymore and you can’t find magazines. It’s a great gun.”

    I came upon a model 4566 about a year ago at a lgs. I snatched it up immediately upon inspection.
    It’s the slightly compact version of your 645. The barrel is a little shorter.
    I paid only $400 for it!!
    Perfect condition.
    Super sweet shooter, it’s the most accurate 45acp that I’ve ever shot, and I have shot quite a few to include custom 1911’s.
    Very soft recoil also.
    I couldn’t believe what I found and I told the owner of the lgs if he ever came upon any more to please call me immediately.
    These things were very very expensive when new.
    And they have a great reputation for longevity and reliability.
    I don’t know if you are aware but they are so well engineered that they will even feed empty cases when doing malfunction training drills.
    Don’t believe it? Try it.
    Nice firearm you have there.
    I seek and collect 2nd and 3rd generation S&W autos. Often greatly overlooked collectibles.

  13. What about the old Thompson Center TCR83 ? Beautiful style and functional little rifle that served its purpose before the Black gun era. Lucky to still have one, good shooter, great trigger set. Could have been a Browning!

  14. I own a Bul M5 Goverment (.45 cal). I bought it in 2009. It meets my requirements so it is all the handgun I need. Unfortunately, most gun shops have never heard of it and I have yet to see it on anyone’s “dropdown list” of handguns when I’m looking for parts or accesories. I can’t even find magazines for it online… anyone out there know of a parts distributor?
    I also own a Erma Werke .22lr Lever action… claimed predecessor to the Henry .22 cal. Great small game rifle. Some Henry parts will fit I’m told… fortunately I haven’t needed any…

  15. I own a Bul M5 Goverment (.45 cal). I bought it in 2009. It is all the handgun I need. Unfortunately, most gun shops have never heard of it and I have yet to see it on anyone’s “dropdown list” of handguns when I’m looking for parts or accesories. I can’t even find magazines online… anyone out there know of a parts distributor?

  16. I have a Smith & Wesson model 645 chambered in .45 ACP. This is the one that Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) carried in the Miami Vice TV show. You can’t find them anymore and you can’t find magazines. It’s a great gun.

  17. I am still trying to replace a firearm that I once owned and traded away thinking that I could always get another.
    To wit- a S&W model 13, 3” round butt.
    They are out there but the people that own them realize what a sweet little revolver they have and they don’t want to part with them.

  18. One that comes to mind, and I believe was only produced for a couple of years, is the Single Action Colt New Frontier .22LR/.22Mag convertible, adjustable sights (what a beautiful match to say; a Winchester Lever in .22LR). Many don’t know the New Frontier ever existed. Unfortunately it went head to head with the Ruger Single Six New Model that came out about the same time, and the Colt was a true Colt, meaning it has to be carried with 5, and hammer down on an empty, whereas the Ruger can safely be carried with six, do to the transfer bar system.

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