I rolled into Las Vegas two days early because the distributor in my truck started acting up and cut my coyote hunting trip short. So while I was here, I decided to check out a few of the local gun shops in town. One of the stores I visited was the Gun Garage. Looking at their display case, one item really caught my eye: an Arsenal RS-1 GRAD-style .22 Short 6 shot revolver . . .
Gun Garage has a knowledgeable staff, and a decent collection of rifles, pistols, and tactical accessories for sale, as well. Perhaps the biggest draw for tourists, however, is its very nice (clean, modern, well lit etc.) indoor range and rental guns, which include a good selection of pistols and full-auto SMGs and assault rifles. They even had a shuttle to ferry customers to and from the Strip. But I didn’t try out the range, because we will be firing tons of guns at Media Range Day using “OPM,” so I will save my $$$ for other Vegas attractions!
In any event, I couldn’t resist sharing photos of this neat little contraption. Although arguably novel and impractical, this is the type of James Bond gadgetry I love. A buddy of mine has a Zippo lighter that fires a .22 short, but this thing is even cooler: A knife that fires 6 shots of .22 short!
In the photo below, you can see the 6-chamber cylinder and the other internals.
The business end has a small sharp spike, which is intended to remind the shooter to keep his or her fingers away from the muzzle:
Here you can see the trigger in its firing position. Pushing the trigger down (i.e. towards the knife handle) fires the revolver.
Before you ask, yes, this is an NFA item. It’s classified as an “Any other weapon” (“AOL”), which is a catch-all category defined as “any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person from which a shot can be discharged through the energy of an explosive,” other than a handgun with a rifled barrel. Examples of AOWs include homemade improvised guns (aka: “zip guns”), disguised firearms (wallet guns, cane guns, knife guns, pen guns, etc), as well as any pistol that has a second vertical pistol grip intended for two handed firing. An AOW requires a $5 BATF stamp (as opposed to the $200 stamp required for machine guns and short barreled rifles).
The price of admission, however, not cheap. $2,300.00 (plus the BATFE paperwork, and tax) takes her home. Apparently, Arsenal only made a very limited run of these gizmos, so they are pretty rare. I’ve never seen one before, but a quick “google” search pulled up some past samples for sale, and they all hovered in this ball park (2K) price range.