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Image courtesy Walther USA, Inc.

Real gun or Ray Gun? With the release of Mass Effect 3 a few days ago, I actually did a double-take the first time I saw the Walther SP-22 with its proprietary custom-styled SP-22 laser. If you stencil N7 on the side, this puppy would look like it was just nicked from Commander Shepard’s holster. It looks more Mass Effect than the real (fictional) thing…

Image courtesy Thorsson

For comparison, this is a 3-d mockup of Shepard’s M3 Predator pistol from the video games. They don’t look remotely alike, (OK, maybe there’s a family resemblance) but it’s hard to tell which one looks more sci-fi.

Even though the ATF would never let you import this thing without a trigger guard, I still expect to see more convergence between video games and guns as games eclipse films as entertainment and gun culture goes more 2.0-mainstream every year.

[h/t to sci-fi props and costume maker Thorsson for the M3 Predator photo.]

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  1. The Steyr AUG got imported. The hand loop does count as a trigger guard.

    If the Mass Effect series causes people to buy more SP22s and fewer P22s, that would be a good thing. The SP22 is a far higher quality pistol. Someone who buys it just for looks will accidentally end up with a useful target gun that will last them a good long time.

    • I wholeheartedly agree, I initially purchased my sp-22 over the Smith and Wesson 22a simply because the sp-22 had come with two magazines over the single mag package the 22a had. simplypot it was the best purchase I had ever made. Wish I could find night sites though…

  2. I confess that being an old fart, I had to Google “Commander Sheppard”. I don’t play video games beyond the ocassional round of solitaire. My concern is that it looks very “toy” like, which could be a problem, like police not shooting a bad guy holding one of these assuming it is a toy. Or kids finding it too attractive to leave it alone.

    • As someone who was a kid fairly recently I can tell you that all guns look too attractive to leave alone, but I do have a soft spot for sci-fi looking .22LRs like the beretta neos, whitney wolverine, etc.

  3. A big fan of the Mass Effect trilogy myself. I look at it this way. Guns today would look out of this world I am sure to those who used fire arms 100+ years ago, though revolvers have not changed much. Take an XM rifle for example. As the gun evolves so will the looks.

  4. I admit that in most things I’ve always leaned more toward function than form but its good when both work out right. Like the Rhino for example, it has the advantage of the 6 o’clock barrel to lower muzzle flip while looking like something a a private eye would use in a post Armageddon New York. I’m looking to buy one once all the kinks get worked out.

    As for Mass Effect I was always a Carnifex fan. Now if a company were to put out that gun Vash uses in the Trigun anime I would definitely be finding it a place in my collection. Maybe Chiappa could be convinced a break open Rhino would be a good idea.

  5. That’s the stupidest charging handle setup I’ve ever seen on a firearm. Stupider than the M3’s “What, we cut a notch into the bolt for you…” method.

    • A fellow lion! Well, sir, I agree. Placing a charging handle half-an-inch to the rear of the muzzle seems like a bad idea to me.

      • It’s not the most combat-ready charging handle setup, but it keeps most of the reciprocating mass of the bolt well forward. Combined with an absurdly low bore and the mild .22 cartridge, makes muzzle flip nonexistent in these guns.

  6. I bought one of these pieces of trash. It fired seven rounds before it quit firing completely. It’s headed back to S&W for a new trigger group.


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