Thanks to Deon for sending this in.



From the photo above it is a rather straight forward design. It is a pull back sling shot style firing mechanism. The black straps are most likely some elastic probably rubber and they propel the screw driver forward driving the screw driver tip into the back of the round striking the primer. I am a little concerned about how much brass is exposed. I can not tell if the cartridge is fully seated or if the police pulled the round out a bit for illustrative purposes when they took this picture. If it is fully seated, I suspect that round will have an out of battery detonation and explode right into the hand. I do not see a grip of any kind so I think one would have to grasp the entire device and wrap his hands around it to fire it. Bye bye hand.

Upon closer analysis there are rubber bands holding the crude barrel in place. This might allow the barrel to be moved in order to extract the fired round and reload the barrel if this gun can be successfully fired without injuring the operator.


  • I’d much rather fight with just the screwdriver.

    • abecido

      Throwing the .22 round at the foe is likelier to produce a satisfactory outcome.

  • Don Ward

    Still more reliable than Kel Tec.

    • kgallerno

      More aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well.

  • anon

    Glad to see Taurus keeping busy

    • DAN V.

      Lol’d ???

    • kbroughton77

      Even as someone who owns a Taurus (Judge), that comment made my spit my beverage out laughing.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Only the finest in Brazilian door hinges are used in its construction along with a genuine harbor freight “free with coupon” screw driver featuring a luxurious handle with seem on the side that with slice your hand. Backed by Taurus’ (your)life warranty… Because we guarantee you’ll only for it once during your life.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Looks like a great way to lose a thumb.

  • Black_Viper

    Wonder what the whole story is, “acting suspiciously… …members stopped and searched”. Was he committing a crime? Did he allow the search? I get that this doesn’t resemble a normal firearm, and therefore will be considered an AOW, and therefore illegal, but I cringe knowing that the police might have muscled and lied their way to this ‘victory’. -Just starting conversation, please don’t flame. I appreciate what LE does to keep my town safe, they obey the law just as well as we do.

    • Things work a little differently in South Africa.

      • Anton Gray Basson

        When they do decide to work

    • David Silverstein

      I mean, I guess South African Police Service would be bound be such laws as the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and the National Firearms Act. Or…. not….

    • Tom Currie

      The event was in South Africa, not the US, so the firearms laws are quite different.
      If this had been in the US, your concerns would almost certainly have been correct, but I doubt that it actually constitutes an AOW. There is no requirement that a firearm look like a normal firearm, only that it not be disguised as something else — in this case I don’t see any way to mistake it for anything but a firearm.

  • abecido

    A sounder design than the USFA Zip Gun.

    • NukeDoc

      lol it is so funny because I just held one of those two days ago. I just felt dirty doing it.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    This is about what the gun-grabbers want to reduce the 2nd Amendment too… This plus the right to only buy 3 bullets a year.

  • mosinman

    hey you found a Nicaraguan soldier’s side arm!

  • Jack Murphey

    Totally not worth the $200.00 tax stamp.

  • mechamaster

    Zipgun. well..

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    That is literally the ugliest homemade gun I have ever seen, and that’s saying a lot.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Even the guns Royalnonesuch makes are better than this.

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  • phuzz

    This is the reason that 3d printed firearms aren’t scary. Instead of needing access tot a 3d printer, hours of printing and probably many trial runs, someone can just spend five minutes in a shed and make something just as dangerous.
    And by dangerous I mean dangerous for the person holding it.

  • jerry young

    the latest in Hi-point designs

  • gunsandrockets

    Methinks the screwdriver all by itself is the deadlier and more practical weapon!