Quote of the Day: Ban Home Workshops!

“You need a propellant, you need a trigger and you need a barrel.” – Detective Mark A. Garrett, quoted in Experienced with guns and plumbing, detective built air gun designed to kill [via mcall.com]


  1. avatar GS650G says:

    Just pass a few more laws and that will magically prevent all this trouble.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    News is reporting another mass stabbing in china.

    1. avatar Eremeya says:

      Last I heard it was 2 killed 18 wounded. It is being blamed on mental health just like every other similar incident.

      (I currently live in China and like normal local news isn’t really mentioning).

    2. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Post at 9am CDT.

    3. avatar FedUp says:

      I was looking at that giant monstrosity (pre charged pneumatic??) and thinking “Designed to kill people? A knife would be so much easier.” then jwm posts about a knife attack.

      Can you imagine walking around in a Communist country like China or England carrying a pipe gun that’s taller than you are, as you stalk your victim?

      1. avatar Eremeya says:

        Having walked around in China quite extensively I can assure you no one would so much as take a second glance at you if you were carrying it.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          In the land of farmers cobbling together (functional!) planes and helicopters, not to mention architectural cat buildings, cup o’ noodles buildings, emperors as hotels, and art museums that look like a pile of beams, I can only imagine what it takes to get noticed…

      2. avatar Ardent says:

        This weapon serves a purpose. A different weapon could be constructed that would be more concealable.

        Consider a stick of wood, a bit of steel pipe, a grill igniter, some ground match heads and a fishing sinker. Cut it to fit your pocket or under your coat. It’s only got one shot, and you’d better be close, but anything that can blast a half inch hole all the way through someone at 20 or so feet trumps anything you’ll need to get closer with. Need more? Strap your ‘gun’ to a hammer or hatchet. That one round is just the opener….
        Want even more? These things like buck shot. More? They are cheap and easy to build. Make them small and carry a lot of them.

        In the land of the blind, a one eyed man is king.

  3. avatar Blake says:

    People figured out thousands of years ago they could sharpen sticks with the same result, this is far from special. They also figured out that same sharpened stick could provide food, protect life, and bring entertainment.

    It’s not the tool, it’s how it’s used

    1. avatar The Duke says:

      But but but we are civilized! There’s no need for those horrible instruments of death anymore! Think of the children!

      1. avatar J says:

        there’s no such thing as “civilization”, just a thin veneer of people who play along to get what they want or need……take that away and you have the true state of humanity.

        1. avatar Realist says:

          Explains: Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Balkans Wars, Rwanda, Mexican Cartel Wars, Chiraq

        2. avatar The Duke says:

          Civilization is another form of people control, in this country it’s been relatively benign but there are plenty of examples where collecting weapons and potential weapons is closely followed by violent oppression and government attacks on the populace they deem less desirable

    2. avatar rms1911 says:

      careful or they will ban full auto assault sticks and rocks.

      1. avatar El Duderino says:

        They have an unlimited ammo capacity! The horror!

  4. avatar Blake says:

    Perhaps the resourceful detective should, ya know, solve crimes instead of tinker with PVC

    1. This was an unsolved crime for more than a year. I live fairly close to where this happened and it was all over the news, both the murder and the later arrest. If you read the linked article (I don’t think you did), you’d see the reason why they cops were tinkering with PVC pipes.

      1. avatar Garrett says:

        Unsolved for over a year? Is there a pre-crime unit in PA? The murder took place a little over eight months ago. He’s not the only one who didn’t read the article.

    2. avatar Drake_Burrwood says:

      Well.. as the police are wise to avoid Political debate.

      The Detective may have wanted to make a.. Force of Presence statement on the utility of banning guns.

      Since overt Verbal Force might be unwise.

  5. Who keeps the receipts for the compressor, tools, and parts you bought to make a murder weapon?

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Well if you’re a professional those would be tax deductible.

      1. avatar Alan Esworthy says:


    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      I keep tool receipts for warranty purposes…

  6. avatar Admanter says:

    I’m the spokesperson for the reform organization ‘Former Plumbing Owners for Responsible Solutions.’ We must note that at the time of the drafting of the Constitution, the only options that existed were outhouses, and hand-dug wells with rope-raised buckets, or occasionally gravity springs using hollow logs for piping. The drafters of the Constitution could never have imagined the deadly effectiveness of modern plumbing. We at ‘Former Plumbing Owners for Responsible Solutions’ therefore urge that Congress immediately pass legislation requiring you must pass a background check before you can have indoor plumbing, or access to any parts to repair indoor plumbing, and that you be restricted to purchasing only one plumbing part per month. Existing indoor plumbing owners who do not submit to background checks will be entitled to a grace period, followed by a mandatory buy-back in which your domicile or other building will be stripped of all plumbing. We believe that these represent reasonable, moderate steps to head off the ensuing surge of plumbing-related violence.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      Cute name, but you need to come up with one that lends itself to an acronym that makes you look like an arse.

      1. avatar Button Gwinnet says:

        Mike The Gun Guy is already taken.

    2. avatar Big Bill says:

      ” We believe that these represent reasonable, common sense steps to head off the ensuing surge of plumbing-related violence.”


    3. avatar Illinois_Minion says:

      That’s it!!! I am proposing common sense Pluming paraphernalia laws:

      * No pipe shall be more than 2.0″ long, with restrictions on number of joints per foot not to exceed 3
      * Not greater than 0.25″ external diameter
      * Made of thin wall vinyl so as to not hold more than 10PSI
      * Plumbers to be federally back-gound checked
      * Anyone attempting to purchase plumbing related material shall have a UBC performed and must await for a POSITIVE approval from the government
      * No more scary black PVC allowed

      That should teach those home tinkering sheeple!!!

    4. avatar George Steele says:

      You forgot limiting packages of faucet washers to no more than 5.

  7. avatar K Maiden says:

    But for one more law, but for one more tax, but for one more batch government overseers. This could have been stopped. Right?
    Hell, just look at commie kalifornia, where freedom and liberty is easily erased and crime comes to a stop! Well, the crime part, maybe not so much.

  8. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:


    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      It’s a joke. On every level.

  9. avatar crookedrecords says:

    If you want to ban guns you have to ban tools. If you want to ban tools you have to ban raw materials, and books.

    Anybody who says he “supports the Second Amendment, but…” has let that abnegatory but start him on a path that ends in a pile of blazing books.

    Or blazing people.

    Take our guns, we still have our tools. We will make new guns and take them back.

    Take our tools, we still have our books. We will make new tools.

    Take our books, we still have the knowledge in our minds. How do you propose to take that?

    Hognose-weaponsman blog RIP.

    1. avatar johnny108 says:

      “People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.”
      -Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu. Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC) .

      “Fearful of a rebellion here, Ra outlawed reading and writing.”
      -Dr Daniel Jackson “Stargate” Movie, 1994

      Still wonder why students can no longer read cursive writing, and we constantly fall behind in STEM subjects, or that
      the Constitution is no longer taught in schools?

  10. avatar Noishkel says:

    Seeing this rigged together crap makes me really want to build a new version of the old Caselman airgun.

  11. avatar DrewN says:

    Hey, a potato cannon. Talk about reinventing the wheel. Good luck when you accidentally overcharge that PVC.

    1. avatar rms1911 says:

      properly connected PVC can hold several hundred pounds of pressure.

  12. avatar Roymond says:

    I showed this to my buddy who’s been kind of over-celebrating Memorial Day, and he started singing…

    “And we’re killing in here in Allentown
    where there’s lots of PVC all around….”

  13. avatar Chris Morton says:

    I’ve actually had anti-gun cultists tell me that machine tools (and this was LONG before 3D printing) should be strictly regulated to prevent people from making their own guns.

    Scratch an anti-gunner, find a Nazi… or a Luddite.

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