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Zip gun courtesy / NHPD

New Haven, Connecticut police arrested three teens in connection with a couple of recent robberies, one of whom was in possession of a homemade “zip gun.” After interviewing them, police searched the home of another juvenile who’d manufactured the gun, and recovered another assembled gun, a partially assembled gun and components intended for assembly. That individual told police he’d manufactured and sold more than a dozen of the improvised weapons. I’m sure the buyers all passed background checks.

When I saw a headline at the normally left-leaning Slate (they run @GunDeaths after all) that said Gun Safety Laws Are Pointless If Nobody Bothers to Enforce Them, I was pleasantly surprised that we might finally be on the same page. Alas, it was not to be, as the bloody-shirt waving started from the very first sentence, and the enforcement they’re looking for is not better enforcement of existing gun laws. Instead, they listed several instances where people were shot accidentally, and they were aghast that no charges were filed. It seems they equate unsupported criminal charges with prevention of accidents, and they want something, anything thrown at these people, pour l’encouragement des autres. So I guess we’re not as close as I thought. Ah well. It was a pleasant dream.

I’m just gonna leave this here, with one note: Usually when things are Made in the USA the company makes it impossible to miss that fact. Since this company doesn’t, the assumption is it’s not. Patriot Pillow, meet irony. [Another h/t to ENDO, two in a row!]

Why is the city of Chicago throwing away $2 million a year by scrapping seized weapons instead of selling them? Does it really matter if the gun a gang member uses against an enemy was once seized by the Chicago police rather than being fresh off the assembly line? “By selling guns instead of scrapping them, you send a mixed message, and that could result in a non-economic price of decreased officer attention to this issue,” said Mark Iris, former executive director of the Chicago Police Board. But is that really true? After all, as points out, they don’t need to flatten stolen vehicles to retain their vigilance against car theft. [h/t Pascal]

tnoutdoors9 got himself a new rifled-barrel shottie, and used the confluence of that and Halloween as an excuse to light off a couple of 12 gauge Hornady SST FTX slugs at a couple pumpkins, as a prelude to upcoming full ammo tests of that and others. BOOM! Splat!

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  1. I’d rather not have to fist a pillow to grab my nightstand gun, and the sheep clicker for identifying which pillow is cocked and locked is not really ideal.

    Interesting idea to say the least.

  2. So before banning 3D printers, we have to start doing background checks on purchasers of plumbing supplies and pipe clamps. And if you currently own any, you have 30 days to register them or face felony charges.

  3. Ah, the All-American zip gun. The problem with the zip gun was never with the gun. Anyone can make a zip gun. The problem was getting ammo.

    Then again, I was ten years old at the time.

    • No kidding! I built any number of single shot .22’s when I was 10 or 12, every last one of them cleaner, safer, and more refined than that abomination.

  4. Take a serious look at that thing. Basically a piece of pipe, wood, a steel mending plate, a spring, a couple hose clamps, and a couple screws. Not much to it.

    That is why gun control will never work.

  5. Love those SST slugs. Shot a running doe in the side at ~30yds, deer was down within another 100, and I found the polymer tip in a blood puddle. Devastating round.

  6. One of the dumbest things Ive ever seen.
    Ive had a 45 in a throw pillow on my bed for years.
    Just laying there between the pillow and the pillowcase.
    Just reach in and there it is.
    Why pay for some useless contraption??

  7. I don’t need the Patriot PIllow. When I go to bed, the day’s carry piece sits right on the nightstand.

    Is it “secured”? – not really. Everyone in my house is a responsible, gun-versed adult that I know I can trust with my guns. As far as outsiders are concerned – between locked doors, locked windows, an alarm system and 2 hyper-vigilant Newfoundlands that bark at a squirrel farting at 100 yards, I think the only people accessing my nightstand gun will do so with my immediate consent. And then, the handgun is only really needed to accompany me down the hall to the long gun safe where I’ll trade out for whatever long arm I think I’ll need.

    That product is a “solution” looking for a problem.

    If you have kids, a quick-access safe in plain sight bolted down to a nightstand is more than fine. If you don’t have kids, a bedside holster, or just setting it on the nightstand is just fine, assuming your residence has proper alarms and is locked up.

    • Lastly, I don’t think it’s cool to have to reach in and potentially put your hands on a live firearm that is pointed at someone else’s head.

  8. I’m almost impressed by the extra barrel bands and the reinforced chamber, but that zip gun is disappointing in its lack of a trigger.

    You know, from an engineering standpoint.

    • If I’m not mistaken a Paradox gun was only rifled at the end, like a rifled choke tube. Shoulder mounted long guns with rifling their entire length were usually called rifles.

  9. I have a Long-“Safety device” within 3in of my bed frame, much preferred to a Hand-“Safety device” within 3in of my skull.

    Just sayin’


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