Camera Parts Fashioned Into Non-Functional Firearms. Awesome!

Camera gun (courtesy

“Art is meant to send a message, to inspire or to provoke emotions,” proclaims. “Inside a Denver metal shop, two artists are doing just that by turning old cameras and photography equipment into sculptures of life-like firearms.” Photographer Jason Siegel and metalworker Keith D’Angelo claim their work isn’t anti-gun . . .

The artists said they’re not doing this to take a certain side on the gun debate and they aren’t from a certain political viewpoint. They’re doing it to send a message.

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“It’s crazy the amount of violence that’s going on right now and we think it’s important that we shed light on that,” Siegel commented.

“In the political climate and everything that’s happening in the world today, people get it and it really hits home,” D’Angelo added.

So . . . they are working from a political viewpoint. As underscored by the name of their project: Shoot Portraits not People. [Note to artists: some people — specifically criminals posing an imminent, credible threat of grievous bodily harm or death — need shooting.]

I’m not bothered by the bias. A pro-gun guy or gal can look at Mssrs. Siegel and D’Angelo’s handiwork and admire their works’ form, ingenuity, craftsmanship and wit without worrying one whit about the “debate” over “gun violence.”

Not a MAC-10 (courtesy

As TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia will attest, guns are cool. These gun-like sculptures are cool. The renown the artists are enjoying is related directly to the positive OK and negative emotions triggered by guns. As we say here in Texas, I could sit still for that.

[Click here for the artists’ website.]


  1. avatar Roymond says:

    If these were made so you could really take pictures, I know a few guys who would want one!

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Smile, wait for flash? No thanks.

      1. avatar Just Sayin says:


        “Look directly into the camera.”

      2. avatar Roymond says:

        @anonymoose —

        Um, what???

  2. avatar MikeJH121 says:

    Me. I Just like guns. And seems the statement being made is Guns ARE art. Artistry of form, mechanics, function, engraving, woodworking, gilding. They have created a free country, saved the world from Nazi’s, ended slavery here, provided food…

    And the bonus is snowflake lib heads popping like overfilled balloons on a daily basis.

  3. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    Didn’t James Bond already use one of these?

  4. avatar DrewR says:

    Cameras that look like guns? Cool.

    Guns that look like cameras? Very cool.

  5. avatar Roymond says:

    Ah. the good old Stinger.

    I wish I had pics of what a guy did with his hunting rifle when he became disabled to the point he couldn’t pack a deer out any longer: he replaced the action with a camera so the rifle’s scope worked as the viewfinder. The great thing was he did it in such a way that it could easily be returned to the original!

  6. avatar jnynetwk says:

    Wasn’t this the same guy who made guns out of old typewriters? I remember a TAG article a while back about that. I think this guy secretly wants a gun but his liberal sensibilities just won’t allow it.

  7. avatar MDH says:

    I like cameras AND guns. Win/win.

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  9. avatar BecauseWeSaySo says:

    I think the forward grip on the first gun is on backwards. I can’t view it as art until that is corrected. Now how about some art where steel and walnut is sculpted into beautiful, fully functioning guns? Now that requires real talent.

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  11. avatar Joe R. says:

    Sounds like two people with too many feels got triggered, and the needed to be heard and bring awareness to some jobby (job-hobby) that they do that is otherwise ignored. They’re anti-gun, hoping to bag some shekels off pro-gun people whon think the recycled cameras look like something that the pro gunners like. And the anti-gun artists will giggle and pinch each other all the way to the bank.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      It’s racist, because O.J.

  12. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

    As nice as the pieces are I bet the energy wasted making them would power a village in Africa for a year.

  13. avatar SkyMan77 says:

    Kind of a spinoff of the Steampunk style art… Very cool…

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