On Tuesday afternoon, the city of Calera, Alabama Police Department posted news of a firearm bust that’s sure to make firearm collectors weep. A suspicious individual, or so the cops there say, was carrying a high-end, custom handgun. The man, unable to present a valid carry license, was taken into custody for interrogation and temporary accommodation at the local graybar hotel.
His custom-made work of ballistic art? Cops snapped a photo of it and posted it on Facebook along with a cheeky explanation. Frankly, unlike some of the so-called “illegal” gun seizures posted by police agencies that look more like toy guns or BB guns, this one might have actually prevented a crime. So kudos to Calera PD.
This afternoon two Calera officers noticed a person acting suspiciously in a neighborhood. When approached, the person ran and was later found at a local gas station. The suspect, from Chilton County, had a concealed firearm and is a prior convicted felon with two active arrest warrants from separate cities.
The firearm, while not a thing of beauty, appears to be functional.
This used to be someone’s .22 caliber bolt action rifle but has been modified apparently to be concealed.
I’m proud of our officers for actively patrolling our neighborhoods and preventing crimes. This happened at a time when we are extremely short staffed.
Convicted felons, drug dealers and gang members should not have firearms regardless of the quality. (Chief Hyche)
Comments about the firearm and it’s craftsmanship are expected!
The comments didn’t entirely disappoint. Yes, there’s a lot of electrical tape used in this masterpiece. Thirty feet of it, according to the Calera PD in a follow-up comment.
One person wrote: “I feel sorry for the embarrassment the criminal surely suffered from being exposed with this shootin’ iron.”
Stephanie snarked: “That is definitely some Chilton County redneck engineering at its finest. Glad I live in Shelby County.”
And Andrew wrote this one: “Gahhh why go with the cheap Dollar Tree flashlight with such a beautiful relic?”
What sort of self-respecting bad guy would carry that piece of junk? Especially with a Dollar Tree tactical light taped to it?
Apparently a bad guy who doesn’t have a spare $25 to buy an air pistol that looks sort of like a real gun instead of something that looks like it came out of an Alec Baldwin-esque film production set on the high seas. Sleep safer, Alabamans. Another dangerous weapon is out of circulation.