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California man turned water gun into shotgun, police say.
FoxNews.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | Fox News

Posted on 05/22/2012 3:38:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill

Edited on 05/22/2012 4:14:33 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

FRESNO, Calif. A California man was arrested after authorities discovered the "Super Soaker" water gun he was wearing around his neck had been turned into a working shotgun, Fox affiliate KMPH reports.

Fresno police approached 54-year-old Randy Smith when they noticed the water gun around his neck Saturday because they had been recently briefed on people turning toys into working weapons.


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KEYWORDS: banglist; diy; homemadegun; shotgun; watergun; zipgun
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To: carriage_hill

I have to say- the first thing I thought of when I saw this title, was an incident from my childhood. At age 13, my buddies and I repelled a pack of bullies with a supersoaker squirtgun...that we had turned into a flamethrower.

It was a grand day. (no injuries on either side, remarkably)


21 posted on 05/22/2012 4:34:03 AM PDT by mills044 (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Eye of Unk

Clear shotgun shells are not new. The idea “failed” because the semi-autos would rip a chunk out of the base and jam.

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=7340328


22 posted on 05/22/2012 4:40:12 AM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: carriage_hill
It's no big trick, and fairly common among certain urban dwellers. Just buy a super soaker toy. Hollow it out. Insert weapon. The down side, of course, is a grown man walking around with one of these under his arm tends to attract attention, just as much as the real thing would.
supersoakergun
23 posted on 05/22/2012 4:42:52 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: mills044

What flammable liquid will not melt the plastic in short order?


24 posted on 05/22/2012 4:45:01 AM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Clay Moore

Thats a semi auto problem then. Could be a different story with a drum fed round.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 4:45:35 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk

As far as I’m concerned, NO ONE aside from prison inmates should be restricted from owning and carrying guns. People can whine about criminals with guns all they want but criminals already have guns. All the gun laws do is create criminals.

A while back I stumbled across some Jackson Michigan prison records from the late 1800s. Among the items returned to inmates upon release were guns, knives, clubs etc.


26 posted on 05/22/2012 4:49:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Eye of Unk

Wanda made plastic shotgun shells.

They were different colors for different gages IIRC.

Could have just as easy been clear.


27 posted on 05/22/2012 4:52:12 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Clay Moore
What flammable liquid will not melt the plastic in short order?

Alcohol.

28 posted on 05/22/2012 4:54:28 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

I’d bet serious money that it’s an inert AT-4 tube or similar.

The police there are idiots.


29 posted on 05/22/2012 5:06:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: PowderMonkey

Spray paint it flat black and it’d “less noticeable”, against a black Carhardt Coat or raingear, but it’d still look silly when someone notices the “toy”. Until he fires it.


30 posted on 05/22/2012 5:13:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Hardraade

I wouldn’t fire it, personally. Maybe “bench fire” it, but I value my hands and face (in one piece) too much to pull the trigger.


31 posted on 05/22/2012 5:18:08 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Eye of Unk
and I have a resistance style streetsweeper that can fire ammonia/bleach filled ping pong balls.

I bet your parents had to watch you like a hawk when you were a kid.

But, you would've been my best friend...

32 posted on 05/22/2012 5:22:18 AM PDT by moovova (OBAMA: The first US President to come out of the closet.)
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To: shelterguy
I’ve heard of people that turned ordinary kitchen knives into weapons. What will they think of next?

Old quote: "There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men."

It is not possible to turn the work into a safe playpen by banning ever-more items that criminals can turn into weapons. The only thing that works is keeping the criminals in jail, or killing them.

33 posted on 05/22/2012 5:24:27 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Clay Moore

We filled it with regular gasoline, duct-taped a wooden dowel to the nozzle, and then duct-taped a zippo lighter to the end of the dowel. Previously in the week we’d received a delightful book in the mail (ordered thru a boy scout magazine!) called “incendiaries and other explosives”, and we’d begun experimenting with various napalm concoctions as well.

Anyways, back to the flamethrower- it worked for approximatel a minute, maybe less? But it worked incredibly before melting into a flaming gob of plastic. I will never forget that image of a twenty foot jet of fire and the looks on the neighborhood boys’ faces.

We’ve all led fairly normal lives since, note. No prison for arson activities, etc ;)


34 posted on 05/22/2012 5:27:41 AM PDT by mills044 (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Clay Moore

We filled it with regular gasoline, duct-taped a wooden dowel to the nozzle, and then duct-taped a zippo lighter to the end of the dowel. Previously in the week we’d received a delightful book in the mail (ordered thru a boy scout magazine!) called “incendiaries and other explosives”, and we’d begun experimenting with various napalm concoctions as well.

Anyways, back to the flamethrower- it worked for approximatel a minute, maybe less? But it worked incredibly before melting into a flaming gob of plastic. I will never forget that image of a twenty foot jet of fire and the looks on the neighborhood boys’ faces.

We’ve all led fairly normal lives since, note. No prison for arson activities, etc ;)


35 posted on 05/22/2012 5:41:43 AM PDT by mills044 (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: carriage_hill

I think the “gun” is something we should give to all criminals and criminal wannabees. They would exterminate themselves.

If you look closely, it is nothing more than a piece of 1/2 inch black iron pipe with a 1/2 inch cap on the end. There is no way to fire it because the end cap is solid. Old Zip guns used a spring and nail to fire the cartridge and it was placed where the end cap was.

Next, it was supposed to fire a 20 gauge shell. If, for some reason the end cap was made to have a firing mechanism, when fired 2 things would happen.

1. the entire barrel assembly would come out of the back of that toy like the projectile it was firing. 2. more than likely the simple steel pipe would blow up.

I smell a rat here that was invented by the gun control activists to scare the timid and weak minded.


36 posted on 05/22/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Eye of Unk

I was amazed to see a rat-trap shotgun on display at the State Police training headquarters. So easy to make with a board, piece of pipe, roofing nail, and a trip string. Sometimes showing off trophies is not a smart idea as it educates your criminals!

Of course the super-soaker shotgun may have been a Darwin Award in the making!


37 posted on 05/22/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, this was done, the removal of rights for some citizens, so that later it can be done to all. Sadly many do not agree that freemen all have the right.


38 posted on 05/22/2012 5:49:39 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: DH

Good point, DH.

I wouldn’t think that squirtgun’s plastic would be enough to absorb the 20ga recoil, either. Or the simple piece of pipe would be strong enough to contain the initial firing explosion. But I’m not a gunsmith, so I don’t know all the physics involved, either. Just my initial thoughts.


39 posted on 05/22/2012 6:02:19 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill
California man turned water gun into shotgun, police say.

They report this like it's a bad thing. "The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

40 posted on 05/22/2012 6:03:23 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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