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Man Turns Water Gun Into Functioning Shotgun, Arrested

May 23, 2012 by  

Man Turns Water Gun Into Functioning Shotgun, Arrested
Randy Smith was arrested after police found a shotgun shell in his water gun.

Randy Smith, a 54-year-old living in Fresno, Calif., was arrested after officers discovered that the water gun slung around his neck was loaded with a shotgun shell. Smith was detained for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, a felon in possession of a firearm and a manufacturer of an illegal weapon.

Ordinarily, the officers would not have thought to check the Super Soaker, but they had recently been briefed on the trend of citizens turning toys into weapons.

After inspecting the water gun, they found a shotgun shell instead of water.

Smith created what’s called a zip gun, a homemade gun that can fire one shot. With a little engineering knowledge, a zip gun can be created using a flashlight, a pen or a PVC pipe.

“Basically with a hand drill and some plumbing pipe, you’re done,” said Bill Mayfield, who works at Gilmay Guns in Fresno. “The firearms cartridge with the gun powder is an explosive. The device they’re building has to be able to contain the pressure of that explosion. So they’re just relying on, maybe this will hold up. Well, you could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head.”

Sgt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno police said: “Certainly, this person was up to no good.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • cawmun cents

    Pretty soon they will just paint the barrels blaze orange to make them seem like toys,right?
    Bottom line:Dont point anything that can be construed as a weapon at a law enforcement official.It is suicide to do so.And on top of that it shows ignorance on the part of those who do this sort of thing puposefully.What you see as threatening behavior and what is considered threatening behavior by a LEO,may be what gets you killed.Remember that many of these individuals have recently come home from a war zone where it is hard to tell who the enemy is.So they may see any threat as constituting a deadly one.
    Just a little wisdom from CC.

    • cawmun cents

      Incidentally,though I hate to see people killed under any circumstance except criminal perpetration,this would have ended better for everyone if this man had been killed by the LEO’s.
      Why do I say that you ask?
      Because that kind of stupidity is contagious,likely virulently so.For someone to do something that stupid and think its genius is absolutely understandable.For them to survive the experience is disasterous.It gives courage to others to repeat this idiocy.That in itself is a crime punishable by death,if not of a physical nature,then of a mental one from the point of anything that could be considered sane.People who pull this kind of thing need to be chemically put to sleep,permanently.
      There is not one bit of excuse that can be tolerated for this kind of behavior.If any good thing ever could happen as a result of this kind of stupidity,then let it result in death,to serve as a reminder for those who choose to make these types of weapons.
      Turning a childrens toy into a weapon of death is diabolical on the very peak of criminality.

  • FreedomFighter

    Another example of crimminals causing a reaction that could get innocent kids killed by cops for a water gun or other toy. Soon we will all have to walk around naked because they are making bombs out of clothes like underwear.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Firefight

      What I also see here is what we can expect from the felons of the world. Gun laws are meant only for the control of the good guys. We will always be under the thumb of an opressive gun grabbing government while the felons will be making their own. When will we wake up and realize that the bad guys will ALWAYS have something to kill us with no matter haw many BS “Hillary Clinton” and “Sara Brady” laws they create. Is a felon going to openly attack someone who they can clearly see is carrying a gun? Are they going to expect anyone who deploys their concealed firearm to back down? If you want less crime, you have to scare the hell out of the felons. Let them know we are not going to be their victims. Come on folks………….this is a no brainer.

      • THG 1956

        Firefight….I agree with you 100 % , reminds me of a bumper sticker I’ve seen 100′s of times and have been seeing it for years . Never have truer words been said ” When guns are outlawed , only outlaws will have them” . The fact is you’re just not going to keeps weapons out of the hands of criminals no matter what laws are passed. The question has been asked to felons in jail , which house are you going to rob , the one that may have a gun or the one that you know does not. I think we all know the answer to that question. I wish there was someone out there that kept a score of how many times a firearm actually protected the innocent .

      • Vicki

        THG 1956 writes
        I wish there was someone out there that kept a score of how many times a firearm actually protected the innocent .

        Only God is in a position to do that. However some studies have been run to try and accurately estimate how many times. Trouble is a lot of incidents do not get reported cause why bother to report a not-event.

      • THG 1956

        Vicki .Thanks for your input and I do agree only God would know the absolute true numbers . I guess I should’ve been a bit more clear . I was actually trying to make a point other than asking a question. But I still do thank you for taking time to try and give me an answer.

  • eddie47d

    It would be difficult for a bank robber to be carrying a supper soaker into an establishment to rob it. He would draw immediate attention and hopefully thwarted. What if some older teens have a water fight near any business and a cop thinks they are up to something. Almost anything can happen in today’s world with so many trying to beat the system by any means possible. There is always someone trying to ruin it for another person also. Such as converting a toy into a real weapon. Well plastic guns on planes have been tried but not sure if they have been perfected.

  • dan

    I find it difficult to relax around people that are so insecure that they need to keep their hand on their unlatched pistol…..
    what will they do when they find out about matches and gasoline….

    • Larry

      I find it comforting, I don’t feel insecure, not at all.

    • Steve E

      Dan, if someone come up and tries to rob or attack you, you might feel more secure that you do have a gun. Real men don’t fear the Second Amendment.

    • DG

      Dan– tell me –Do you have a spare tire in your car– and why ???That’s right -just in case !! We carry people don’t want to shoot anybody- I have been carrying for over 10 yrs and have never had to pull it out- but like my spare tire -it is there for ‘just in case ‘-I would rather it be them ,than me-
      Semper Fi-7th marines

    • THG 1956

      Yeah Dan ….I know what you mean , I feel the same way about people that have fire extinguishers. Having them could cause a fire !!

    • safetyfirstintexas

      Your comfort is not my responsibility! If you feel threatened by my constitutional right then by all means do what you must to RELIEVE yourself of your pisstol insecurity. Your rights only extend out to where my rights extend out to and no further. In that manner we are all equal under the constitution.

      • Steve E

        Way to go! Man.

  • Mark Are Reynolds

    Maybe what he was doing was exercising a right to be able to defend himeself that is UNalienable. That means that NO ONE can take it away. I could care less if EX felons have firearms as long as they do not use them for aggression. EVERYONE has the right to defend themselves. PERIOD. NO MAN has the right to tell you that you can’t. This (expletive deleted) has got to stop.

    • Vicki

      Besides if he is out of jail then he is an ex-con. He has paid his debt to society. Unless YOU want to pay for his bodyguard he gets the same rights you do.

      If you insist on punishing him for the rest of his life then why are you so upset that he does not re-integrate into society?

  • Hedgehog

    Plans Please! The Improvised Munitions Handbook (TM 31-210) is a little obscure in places. If you don’t want your citizens to manufacture firearms, don’t put out government publications teaching them how! Any nascent totalitarian government knows that much! Keep your citizens ignorant and dumbed down with drugs and other deleterious substances. How on earth do you people expect to become a bona fide ploice state if you can’t follow the rules? Just one dumb Canuck’s opinion.

  • Alan Adams

    Just another reason while gun confiscation would never work. Anyone with even a bit of handyman ability, some ingenuity, a few hand tools and some readily available materials can make a functioning weapon. There are plans available all over the internet for just such a project.

    • coal miner

      Alan Adams,

      Very good!

    • coal miner

      Alan Adams,

      How to Make a Zip Gun From a Stapler. A zip gun is a homemade weapon that is commonly made using a pipe for the barrel.

    • Vicki

      I am the weapon. Those are just tools.

  • soonerhunter

    He’s lucky he never pulled the trigger: they would be pulling pieces of Super Soaker out of his hide.

  • coal miner

    Right on soonerhunter.

    • coal miner

      Not counting prison time.

      • JimH

        The prison doctor will be pulling pieces of super soaker out of his hide.

      • cawmun cents

        He would have done the world a favor if he had blown his own brains out with it.Then we wouldnt have to suffer his stupidity any longer,or pay to house the jackass.-CC.

  • David169

    The last thing corrupt politicians want is an armed populus. Disarming them does two things; it makes the people depend on the government for their safety and it allows government to venture far outside of their Constitutionally mandated constraints. Both take freedom from the people.

    • coal miner


      Right on!

  • loboviejo

    I have had a super soaker–it makes an excellent means of breaking up quarrels among cats as they need a reminder that seems to come from nowhere. I have also read the portion of the Handbook of Mechanical Engineering that deals with materials, The polymers used in firearms are engineered to withstand pressures. What I pick up in the toy aisle is not.

    And just because the Ninth Circuit permits manufacture of Title II weaponry if you do not transfer the weapon or take it across state lines, that does not make it a good idea. I am retired from the corrections biz and believe me, the quality of inmates has decreased over the years.

    • cawmun cents

      Add a little Dave’s Insanity Sauce to the water and you have a pepper spray cannon.
      Had some trouble with cantankerous raccoons eating up all my dogs food once.Tried frightening them away,(nope)tried firecrackers(annoyed the neighbors more than the critters)so I got the idea of Hot Sauce in the supersoaker….(bingo!)them critters havent been back since.Keep a soaker full of the most evil hotsauce I can find,laying around the patio now,just in case they come back…haw!

  • coal miner

    Second Amendment – Bearing Arms

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    • FreedomFighter

      The more responsible Americans that own firearms the safer I feel.

      Walk around Wash DC at night, bet you get scared, criminals they know you are un-armed and an easy target. Yes they have weapons, cause they are criminals, only you cant because your a law abiding citizen.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • steve in AZ

    Why such weapons are important. From wikipedia

    “The Liberator was shipped in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty cartridge case, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form[1] showing how to load and fire the weapon. Extra rounds of ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip.

    After production, the Army turned the Liberators over to the OSS. A crude and clumsy weapon, the Liberator was never intended for front line service. It was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A resistance fighter was to recover the weapon, sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him, and retrieve his weapons.”

    It wasn’t a super soaker – It WAS resistance.

  • Rocketman

    I remember seeing a book at a gun show years ago and glanced through it showing how to go to a hardware store and in about 6 hours of work turn a handful of easily obtained parts into a functioning rifle pistol or shotgun and even how to make homemade ammo for it. Practically anything can be made into a firearm if one is intelligent and has the time.

  • Silas Longshot

    Super soaker shotgun, eh? More like a home made, self activated hand grenade! I wouldn’t pull the trigger on that thing unless I was around the corner of a brick building, using a long string.

    Click the name.

  • johnny

    Study John Lott,more guns less crime,There are over two million uses of guns each year to stop major felonies by Armed Americans.The Data is there,read and defend your civil right to self defense anywhere anytime.


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