If you take away the guns, only criminals will have… fake guns? As a followup to the 328 gun seizure in Queensland, Australia earlier this month, a woman in Campbelltown, NSW has been charged after police and customs found replica guns, electronic shock devices, knuckle dusters, batons, ammunition and tear gas at a Sydney container facility. Firearms and Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent (how’s that fit on a business card?) Wayne Walpole said the seizures “prevented a large number of replica firearms and other dangerous weapons making their way into the community and being used in the commission of crimes.” Gotta watch out for those airsoft guns.
Nathan writes: “19 year old guy. Bought illegal gun. Accidentally shot himself with said illegal gun. Reported false story to police. Got arrested. Awesome.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Nathan.
How much would you pay for a non-working not-a-real-gun? What if it was a piece of movie history? Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster (non-firing) from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is going across the auction block on December 21st. This was one of two blasters used in those movies, with the heavier, live-firing weapon being used for the close-up shots. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The auction house says that to their knowledge “this is the only known example of this type of blaster in private hands.” Bidding starts at $200,000. Photos and full description over at invaluable.com.
Caldwell recently introduced their Brass Trap universal brass catcher, for those who want to keep their brass off the ground and away from the old guy with the broom and pooper scooper, or just want to avoid peppering their neighbor. The catcher has a 21″ high by 17″ wide opening and is deep enough to avoid bouncing the brass back at you. It can sit on the bench or mount to any standard tripod, has a zippered opening at the bottom for easy brass removal, and collapses down to fit into an included storage bag for transport. About $45 from the retailer of your choice.
Arvada City (CO) Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger was appointed by a 70-member Democratic vacancy committee to fill the seat in the Colorado Senate vacated by the resignation of former Sen. Evie Hudak. Ms. Zenziger, who will be sworn in on Friday, says she hopes to champion educational initiatives when the legislative session reconvenes in January, and also said she supports the gun laws Democrats passed earlier this year. Ms. Zenziger will hold the seat by appointment until this time next year, and will have to stand for reelection next November to hold onto it after that.
Saab of Sweden has announced a $17.5 million contract with an unidentified customer to produce ammunition for the Carl Gustav M3 84mm recoilless rifle. While that’s not earthshattering news, it does give me an excuse for this video.