Everyday items can be modified to be used as weapons.
Some are devised by the bad guys.
ALWAYS remember ~ many criminals are smarter than we think. NEVER underestimate the ones who were “dumb enough to get caught.”
Why should we worry?
Cell Phone Guns
- Several types have been found.
- Several of this model have been confiscated in Holland recently, usually along with high volumes of explosives and narcotics.
- Fires 4 .22 caliber ‘short’ rounds by pressing the keypad buttons…
The “Companion,” a 3 D-cell Mag-Lite flashlight converted into a shotgun capable of firing a .410 shotgun round. Manufactured by Ares Defense Systems. May be purchased on the Internet.Fully functional as a flashlight, it also works as a gun by pulling the safety pin, then pushing down on a spring-loaded firing pin. The projectile is discharged through the end cap of the flashlight. The company also sells a Mini-Mag-Lite (next slide). The items are covered by the National Firearms Act and possessing them requires you to have proper documentation of ownership.
- 4” mini-mag flashlight (2 AA battery size)
- Fires a single .380 round
- Has an optional end cap that makes it look like a mini kubotan, vs. a flashlight
- Used by fishermen and scuba divers to kill sharks and alligators.
- Fires a single 38 caliber short Colt, .38 special or .357 magnum cartridge.
- Considered to be a firearm when carried in a pocket or around the neck and used for other purposes.
- A 5-shot .22 caliber pistol with a grip that folds over the barrel and cylinder
- was concealed inside an eyeglass case when discovered
- fits in pockets, hats, etc.
World’s Smallest Gun
- Fires .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, or .38 Special rounds
- A break-down, single-shot, double action weapon made by Downsizer Corp.
- 3 ¼” long, 2 ¼” tall, and .90” thick.
- Imagine where this could be hidden…wallet, cigarette pack, palm, hats, etc., etc….
Hunting Knife Guns
- This is a 6-shot .22 caliber ‘pistol’
- Cylinder and firing mechanisms are concealed inside the handle.
- The handle breaks down and ‘ejects’ what becomes the grip and trigger
- Fairly accurate for firing due to it’s overall length
- Just under 6” with a 2” barrel
- “Stinger” model must be folded in half to fire, forms a handle to grip
- .25 caliber, .22 LR, or .380ACP
Some of the most commonly improvised firearms.
A handgun round is inserted snugly into a small diameter tube. That ‘loaded’ tube is then inserted into a larger pipe, which has an end cap with a piece of pointed metal inside it. When you slam the end cap back against a hard surface, the pointed metal strikes the primer of the round like a firing pin and discharges the weapon.
Fires a single .22 caliber Stinger. Pull back on spring-loaded hex head to fire.
5/8″ diameter, 4″ long.
The Club Shotgun
- The handle end of The Club has been hollowed out to act as a barrel
- When the lock end is pulled back, the interior metal cap (altered to act as a firing pin)
is pulled away from the round
- Fired by slamming the ends back together
The Screwdriver Gun
The Pressure Gauge Weapon
- Converted into .22 caliber pistol
- Does not have plastic measuring device in the center
- Last 1½ ” is a hardened steel barrel
- To fire, remove threaded top, drop in cartridge. Pull the top and let go. Spring-loaded action, just like a zip gun.
- ATF says possession is a federal crime, regardless of a person’s record.
Next Up: Part 2 – Concealed Weapons Police Should Know About – Knives and Blades
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