A “Flute’d” Firearm? .22LR Flute Firearm Turned in at Buyback

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WeaponsMan picked up on a rather interesting modified firearm that was turned in at a Tampa Florida gun buy-back. It was a .22 bolt-action rifle built into a flute.

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Two rocket launchers and a flute fashioned into a gun were among the weapons turned into the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Gun Swap program on Saturday. A total of 2,541 weapons were exchanged for $75 and tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays home game at five locations throughout the county.

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Sadly, TFB will not the opportunity to rigorously test to flute to see if it hits the right notes. The firearm was sent for destruction other collected weapons include an inert AT-4 and M72 LAW.

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Nathan S.

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  • USMC03Vet

    Gotta keep those fiber glass door stops out of the hands of criminals and off the streets!

    Police department should be sued by the tax payers for fraud for that at4 nonsense. Fraud at worst, absurd incompetence at best. Those individuals shouldn’t be police if they are that clueless. Lord knows what those bozos are doing on the job with a real weapon.

    • Zachary marrs

      I have a deactivated rpg7

      Wonder what i can get for it…

      • jamezb

        About a grand last time I checked! Put it on Gunbroker…

    • Nicks87

      “Hey look we got this super dangerous (useless) rocket launcher off the streets, ya know, just like the ones you see in the movies and video games. Now give us a bigger budget so we can buy real military equipment for ourselves”.

  • echelon

    This one time, at band camp…

    • noob

      that’s just nasty. and quite unsafe.

      • echelon

        …I made a gun out of a flute.

        Get your head out of the gutter! Sheesh. 🙂

  • noob

    I’d understand the flute one if you couldn’t tell it was a firearm and it genuinely looked like a flute. sort of like the 22LR silenced bicycle pumps in that movie Munich with eric banna.

    but this with the obvious bolt and the magazine hanging out the bottom? who thought that was a good idea? what philosophy of use were they thinking of?

    • jamezb

      If the flute-end is sticking up out of your back pack, it doesn’t scream “GUN- SEARCH ME!” … Instead it likely screams quite the opposite.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Jesus CHRIST! Where on EARTH did those people get rocket launchers and where on EARTH did they get the balls to bring them to a buyback without worrying about getting hit with some kind of terrorism charge?! We all know how the Government is. Just because they say “no questions asked” at a buyback doesn’t mean they’re legally obligated to stand by it. If I had something like that to turn in, I’d do it through a lawyer or just dig a giant hole and bury it.

    • jamezb

      Rocket launchers without the rocket are a simple empty tube. “Refills”, are not readily available. Furthermore, these are “disposable” rocket launchers. One shot, throw away the tube. So where do you get an empty tube? It helps to know the guy that hauls trash at an army base, but if you aren’t that lucky, just google “fired disposable rocket launcher tube for sale” and get out your credit card. They are not considered a firearm or destructive device after being fired.

      • Michael R. Zupcak

        I think here in New York it’s a felony to own empty tubes so I’ll wait till I live in a free state some day 😉 But thanks for the explanation.

  • law-abiding-citizen

    I think I would have paid $75 for almost anything on that table.
    As far as Rays tickets – I thought the idea was to ENCOURAGE people to participate? I hear Rays tickets are being handed out in lieu of traffic citations – if you can prove you actually attended the game, the traffic citation is thrown out.

  • sianmink

    Those LAW tubes go for about $200, AT4 tubes a bit more. Stupid to give one up for a Ray’s game.

  • David Lowrey

    It takes a special kind of idiot to turn in a gun to a buy back.

    • Cymond

      Politically, yes.
      Pragmatically, no. I have several unsafe pieces of junk lying around that I’ve considered chopping up and throwing in the trash.(the type of things that I wouldn’t even give away, because I like my friends too much). I’d be glad to exchange them for $75.

  • Matt Shermer

    Up here in Cleveland, we’re allowed (if not particularly welcome) to sit outside the buyback police perimeter and keep good condition, working, and intrinsically valuable firearms from being melted down, if those empty tubes (or that 1919) showed up they would be picked out before they got into CPD hands…I think the flute would be passed over though out of simple confusion.

  • Wetcoaster

    Ingeniously fluted barrel, but ultimately a one-note firearm