What Could Possibly Go Wrong: CSG Maglite Flashlight Gun Edition

thefirearmblog.com gives us the heads-up on an Elvis scepter-length flashlight gun. We’re not talking about some woosy .22 caliber derringer deal. This bad boy shoots a .410 shotshell. Yes. One. Maybe someone could shine a light on a simple question: under what circumstances would the CSG Maglite Flashlight Gun be a good idea? The caps lock product description [text and pic of the “trigger” after the jump] calls the $895 Flashlight Gun a “last chance” back-up defensive weapon. So you pull the grenade style safety pin, slide the button across, cock and release. Then the director calls “CUT!” and you move on to the next scene . . .

CSG AOW MAG-3 D CELL LIGHT/ FLASHLIGHT GUN….. NEW RELEASE ….. A JOINT PROJECT FROM CSG AND ASI —- A NEW UPDATED VERSION OF THE .410 MAG TYPE FLASHLIGHT FIREARM……. THESE UNITS HAVE AN ALL STEEL FIRE CONTROL, BARREL AND CHAMBER ASSEMBLY…. THE FIRE CONTROL UNIT SCREWS INTO THE FLASHLIGHT BODY AND ALLOWS USE OF A .410 SHOT SHELL THAT FIRES FROM THE BOTTOM CAP AND WITH THIS REMOVEABLE ASSEMBLY ALLOWS FOR SIMPLE FLASHLIGHT BATTERY REPLACEMENT…. THE STEEL BARREL/CHAMBER ASSEMBLY THEN SCREWS INTO THE FIRE CONTROL HOUSING TO MAKE FOR A LIFETIME USE UNIT…. THE OLDER TYPES SCREWED STEEL INTO ALUMINUM WHICH IN SHORT ORDER WOULD WEAR THE SOFT METAL THREADS AND RENDER THE FIREARM USELESS AND UN-REPAIRABLE…..SUPERIOR MANUFACTURING & DESIGN – FLASHLIGHT IS STILL OPERATIONAL —– VERY COOL – TRULY A “LAST CHANCE” BACK-UP DEFENSIVE WEAPON…. FOR A COMPACT TOP QUALITY BACK UP .410 AOW AND FLASHLIGHT THE CSG COMPANION .410 IS IT. $895

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  1. avatar Foghorn says:

    Yes, because what I look for in a flashlight is having a live round of ammunition pointed at my person every time I shine a light on something.

    1. avatar Andrew Wiggins says:

      ..or blind yourself every time you try to shoot somebody.

      1. avatar Ben Shotzberger says:

        Plus .. it says “very cool” in the product description … how could you NOT buy this??

  2. avatar Magoo says:

    The manufacturer should bribe a congressman to threaten to ban them. They’ll fly off the shelves.

    1. avatar Daniel Zimmerman says:

      Awesome idea! Get Chuck Schumer on the phone.

  3. avatar TTACer says:

    WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING!?!?!

    1. avatar Ryan Finn says:

      SO YOU KNOW HOW AWESOMELY COOL OUR PRODUCT IS! BUY IT, BUY IT, DO IT NOW!

  4. avatar Ryan Finn says:

    So you cut some notches and a hole in a Maglite, making a .410 “zip gun” and want $895 for it? I smell a ripoff.

    1. avatar TTACer says:

      I feel like Sam Kinison is trying to sell me this zip gun from beyond the grave.

    2. avatar Hunter S says:

      i smell a zipoff….sorry

  5. avatar joe from tampa says:

    yeah…you can keep this $895+transfer fee+tax+shipping….’self defense (not really)’ item. i’ll keep my back room full of assault weapons and my px4 storm subcompact 9mm.

  6. avatar Don says:

    One thing I’m pretty sure one of the things this would be good for is going to jail… aren’t guns that don’t look like guns AOWs?

    The other problem with this is that if you are using it as a flashlight you are pointing a gun at yourself, and if you are using it as a gun, you are pointing a flashlight away from the target.

    Also, for $895 you can get a lot of conventional gun and flashlight.

  7. avatar RuffRidr says:

    This is something I would have expected to see on ‘Sons of Guns’.

  8. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    This isn’t just impractical, it’s bloody dangerous. It’s a bad idea to disguise guns and deadly weapons as common household objects, because they won’t be handled with the respect and caution that weapon-handling demands.

    There’s an urban myth about a pawn shop customer accidentally killing himself with a .22 pen gun that the pawnshop owner didn’t even know was a gun. This story may be apocryphal, but it illustrates the dangers of disguised firearms: how the hell are you supposed to know it’s a gun, and avoid blowing your own head off with it?

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    I think CSG got it backwards. They should have made a .410 that shoots unlimited rounds but only lights once.

  10. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I would like to see this flashlight as a semi-auto with at least 5 shots and a better trigger system with a laser for more accurate aiming.

  11. avatar Bob H says:

    I won’t be interested until it is available in .50 BMG. Why? Because that is the only way I can see to make this less safe.

    1. avatar Michael C says:

      I got a way. Chamber it for 40mm grenades and supply it with M576 rounds.

  12. avatar Mash Bash says:

    OH HEY…I got a great idea from this item…combination binoculars and double stiletto knife defense weapon…if you see someone coming through the binoculars you quickly pull them away from your eyes and slide the lever right next to the focus wheel and 2 6 inch blades deploy out of the eyepieces and VIOLA you’re ready to defend yourself…good idea?

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