Forgotten Weapons: Stinger Pen Gun

Braverman "Stinger" Pen Gun

When Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the adage “the pen is mightier than the sword” back in 1839 for the purpose of a play, it seems a bit unlikely he was thinking there might one day be a pen gun. Over the years guns have been made in all manner of design with an eye for disguise or, at the very least, an eye for distraction. They’ve ranged from knife guns to belt buckle pistols to lighter guns and beyond. It really isn’t a stretch to create a pen gun, plus there’s that whole James Bond aspect. So it should come as no surprise that R.J. Braverman finally created a legal pen gun – yes, legal – one allowed by the ATF due to the simple fact that it actually does look like a firearm when it comes time to pull the trigger.

Pen guns actually started seeing semi-regular production in the first part of the 20th century and although many think of them as the purview of 007, they were used by real-life spies. Those particular versions looked like fountain pens and fired a single shot without any drastic transformation, which also means possessing one without the proper creds (thank you, NFA). Enter the Braverman “Stinger” Pen Gun.

I’d say you’ll never guess who got their hands on a Braverman Stinger Pen Gun, but of course it’s Ian of Forgotten Weapons. Yet another awesome Rock Island Auction find allowing for daily posts – on a temporary basis, granted. This pen gun is not made anymore and finding one for sale is more than a little difficult.

Personally I’ve always wanted to be the writer who whips out a pen gun while quoting the aforementioned “pen/sword/yada yada” adage. Now that’s a comeback.

Take a look at Ian’s video to learn more about these admittedly cool little guns. Come on, you know you want one.


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  • Edeco

    I wonder Serbu’s B… erm, pen gun product compares.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Did you watch the video? It’s hinged to get around the NFA, not just for sh!ts & giggles; solid tube pen guns are prohibited. There are other ways to do this I suppose, but the pen gun has to exclusively be functional only when it has formed a grip of some sort and looks like a gun.

      • claymore

        Not prohibited one must do the NFA any other weapon procedure only and can be owned in Free states..

        • ostiariusalpha

          Ha, yes, restricted was the word I was looking for.

      • Edeco

        I know there are regulation issues. Still, we talk about full auto, grenades, and so forth…

  • claymore

    I wonder who named it the Stinger first. This one or MAC Military Arms Corp. the makers of the Mac 10 series of subguns.

    I actually had two of the Mac stingers in their box with accessories including a garder holster for ladies, extra barrels etc.

    I really like pen guns and carried one for years that was similar to this one, but not bendable, as a second last ditch weapon while a State Trooper.

    I still have 6 of various makes and models in my collection.

  • New Chris

    I knew a guy who did some stuff in the 70’s and 80’s. He showed me a much more passable version of the pen gun. It even wrote. It fired a .22 round. He said it was good for distance about the width of a large desk. He also mentioned some of the unconventional chemical rounds they used, which were extremely lethal.

    He told me about getting past an unfriendly airport screener by pretending to write with it and then matter of fact-ly passing it to the screener when he entered the metal detector. The screener then handed it back without inspection or a second thought.

    He never mentioned if he ever had to use it in anger.

    His cost around $2000 to produce and was unavailable for civilian purchase.

    It was a simpler time back then.

    • “A guy who did some stuff in the 70’s and 80’s” might be the best single-sentence backstory I’ve read.

  • junyo

    Needs moar threaded barrels.

  • DIR911911 .

    my grandfather had a 22 pen gun ,found it on top of his dresser one day(unloaded), and being 12 at the time I figured out what it was, but being grandpa he wouldn’t really answer questions about it. just kept giving me that look like I was a bit smarter than he expected a kid to be.

  • Sulaco

    Have one of the folding types in .25. Pretty much useless as a “weapon”. Oh wait while I pull this really heavy “pen” out and pull it apart and unfold it and then replace it in my hand so I can pull the Tri*&_&, You shot me! Still fun range toy and conversation starter as well as investment apparently looking at used versions for sale.

  • Cymond

    “which also means possessing one without the proper creds (thank you, NFA).”
    I think there’s some words missing here.

  • jerry young

    I want one, I know not very practical, not very accurate but a cool collectible firearm a friend had a pen gun some years back but it looked homemade and you couldn’t hit anything past 5 ft