DIY Shotgun disguised as a Super Soaker

Fresno Police discovered a convicted felon in possession of a homemade shotgun disguised as a Super Soaker. ABC reports

But when they approached Smith and examined what they thought was a toy, officers realized a loaded home-made shotgun was actually built into the water gun.

Green Glocks are one thing, but this is whole new level of stupidity. It would be difficult hard to rob a connivence store with a Super Soaker without firing it (and alerting the neighbourhood). My guess is he was trying to sneak it somewhere under the radar, which is just as stupid because a grown man walking around with a Super Soaker is more likely to attract attention than a man with an old duffel bag.

[ Many thanks to John for emailing us the link. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • D

    Would make an interesting curio piece.

  • Gunhead

    “I put the shotgun in an adidas bag and padded it out with four pairs of tennis socks, not my style at all, but that was what I was aiming for: If they think you’re crude, go technical; if they think you’re technical, go crude. I’m a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, thought, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness. I’d had to turn both those twelve-gauge shells from brass stock, on the lathe, and then load then myself; I’d had to dig up an old microfiche with instructions for hand- loading cartidges; I’d had to build a lever-action press to seat the primers -all very tricky. But I knew they’d work.”
    – Johnny Mnemonic by William Gibson.

  • John Doe

    This is obviously a prototype marketed towards dictators with child armies.

  • Ripley

    You don’t pull a shotgun supersoaker on an Airzooka AT4…

  • I don’t know about USA Law that much, but if the guy had just spent a few days making a fool of himself shooting a REAL Super Soaker on his front lawn, until the Police saw him, shake their heads, and ignored him from that moment on, if all he wanted was defense against some Vendetta, or robbers, he could easily had his way…

  • Hey!
    Forgot this one, now some of you will love this bit of Trivia!

  • Komrad

    Would this be classified as an AOW? I think there is something in there about disguised weapons being AOWs.

  • Pepin the Short

    There is the possibility that, as a convicted felon, he was trying to protect his home with the firearms that he is no longer allowed to own.

    • Bill #2

      felons shouldn’t own firearms. period.

      • Burst

        In fact, it’d be far more convenient if they wouldn’t use the Bill of Rights at all. Let’s get right on that.

        ummm… think of the children?

      • Hart

        I agree, for felons convicted of a violent crime. But what of felons convicted of white-collar crime (or some similar crime that is unrelated to weaponry)?

      • Steve

        Yea because Martha Stewart is so dangerous.

      • D

        The first step of banning anything is to pass the least controversial ban. You say “felons shouldn’t own guns”. Then it’s “the mentally ill shouldn’t own guns”. Then it’s “anyone who can’t show cause, can’t own guns”. Then it’s “who needs guns, anyway?”

        The road to a total ban is paved with small, incremental, logical steps, each seemingly only a little more extreme then the one before it. And like the frog in the kettle, we soon find ourselves in very hot water indeed.

      • higgs

        Jesus guys, you are riding the slippery slope. Here is a plan, want to own a gun? Then don’t break the frigggin law. A felon commited a felony, ie. A crime resulting in a prison sentance of a year or more. Sounds like great people to be packin heat. I love this moronic diatribe started because you all ASSUMED he did it for protection, a baseless assumption to say the least.

      • Convicted Felons cannot lawfully own weapons……. whats the argument here? oh wait they can’t but they do anyways.

  • Mike Knox

    What’s next? Hardened metal Nerf guns loaded with 10 Ga. or .410?

  • Grey

    It is an assassin’s gun. It is disguised in such a way as to look innocent if not inconspicuous, allowing a shooter to get close to his target. He was probably looking to pop some rival gangster.

    • Alex-mac

      Should have used a fluro colored super soaker, but given the exposed barrel maybe it was just a proof of concept prototype.

  • Fluffy

    Bad things will happen if this thing explodes.

  • Zermoid

    Nobody said criminals are intelligent………

  • BillCa

    I agree that it was probably done so he could get close to some rival or another dirtbag before pulling the trigger.

    I’ve seen LEO alerts that have shown shotgun barrels concealed in motorcycle handlebars, sawed offs inside car doors facing the rear edge so opening the door aims it at a cop during a traffic stop, behind a car’s left tail light, inside a suitcase with an airport sticker (ORD actually) covering the opening, inside flower boxes and a muffler box.

  • Sam Suggs

    silly silly violent criminals