Poacher’s silenced takedown gun

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Here’s a very neat little takedown gun seized by police in Italy which is entirely handmade, fits in a backpack and is chambered for either .22lr or .22 hornet. Intended varmint may or may not have included local magistrates.

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  • Brian

    The man they arrested is part of a home invasion robbery crew in Calabria, stone dead savages.

    • Giolli Joker

      Are you sure?
      Cortina d’Ampezzo is in the opposite side of the country compared to Calabria.

      • Tritro29

        Yeah in every sense, opposite.

  • DaveP.

    Shades of “Day of the Jackal”, the good one not the crappy remake.

    • Mr. FN

      I was about to say, was the owner blond and English?

    • pdxing

      Also reminds me of “The American” with George Clooney as a hitman that builds a custom gun in a small town in Italy.

  • HenryV

    Boyds’ will have a stock available for it by the end of the week.

  • Major Tom

    It should have been made from a cigarette lighter and painted gold.

  • Oh. I thought this was being displayed at SHOT show before clicking the full story!

    • Giolli Joker

      Same here… and my first thought: “Never heard of Poacher, but it’s not the best name for a company…” Then I read “Carabinieri”, I’m Italian, so I kinda know them. 🙂

      • Edeco

        Poacher Arms, known for their compact, lightweight designs and distinctive grenade-and-squirrel logo, a subsidiary of an Italian company…

        • Adam

          Make a great name for a New Zealand company.. Where everything is suppressed..

          • Edeco

            Yeah really. As Giolli points out sounds illicit, but scary names are fashionable: Spikes, Striker, RIP ammo, Hi-Point.

        • Pastor Dan

          Boris and Natasha send grenade to moose and squirrel.

  • Giolli Joker

    There seem to be pretty serious work behind that suppressor.
    And the overall machining and finish are far less crude than we usually see.
    It seems that the reasoning behind was: just what is strictly necessary, but well done.
    I wonder how it loads.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Maybe the stock pushes up to pull the bolt and hammer back and a single round is inserted then closed…?

      • Giolli Joker

        That would be quite cool… I was thinking something similar… not the simplest solution but maybe possible seeing the overall care.
        The simplest option maybe would be a removal barrel, maybe with interrupted thread… less practical but easier to manufacture.

      • Tassiebush

        I reckon it could be a similar action to the Khyber Pass pistol in the Professor Parabellum series which has been covered in improguns but without the grip and with less receiver shaping but that’s a guess.

  • Bill

    Somebody paid attention in shop class, but then Italians make all the cool mechanical stuff, like Ducatis and Panerais. Here the hilljacks just use a beater .22 and a soda bottle.

    I’m never complaining about the junk on my uniform again.

    • Tassiebush

      I presume there is gun registration in Italy. Homemade or otherwise untraceable for poaching definitely makes sense.

      • Matt

        indeed. And you need to obtain a licence, for which you have to see a couple of doctors (1st to certify you are not insane, the 2nd to show you have physical condition to handle a gun-eyesight, hearing, no tremors-) + gun range course.

        And after that, all your purchase are registered, either through gun shop or private transaction. Bullets too…

    • Pastor Dan

      Quite a suit, ain’t it? Sash and gloves make the ensemble for sure, doncha thenk?

      • M.Mitchell Marmel

        NIZE HAT! 😉

  • derfelcadarn

    From the Carabinieri logo pictured it is clear that squirrels are fiercely protected there, this must be the reason one must resort to such extraordinary measures just to make a game ragu’.

    • Mystick

      Squirrels must die. It is their purpose.

  • gusto

    is that a cop or a General M. Bison wannabe?

    • pithy

      OF COURSE

    • DAN V.

      FIGHT!!!

    • Mystick

      You think that uniform is funny…. check out the Swiss Guards at the Vatican…

    • durabo

      Graustarkian Guard

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Pretty impressive craftsmanship and the perfect weapon for crowded urban areas where a silenced weapon would be virtually indistinguishable over ambient crowd/traffic noise.

    • Tassiebush

      When you look at the large amount of semi tame wild critters living on urban, industrial or suburban fringes it’s definitely a design which would have it’s uses.

  • phuzz

    That’s all the parts necessary for hunting small game, and absolutely nothing else. Tacti-cool it ain’t.

    • Mystick

      “Tactilame”

  • Andrew

    The gun being held by the police officer (soldier?) and the guy lying on the table appear to be 2 different guns.

    • Tassiebush

      I wonder if it’s the old mirror image photo situation?

      • Giolli Joker

        You got it… the ruler seems to be mirrored.

        • Tassiebush

          Well spotted

          • FarmerB

            Could be a plastic ruler up-side down?

          • Tassiebush

            Haha true the possibilities are numerous!

          • Giolli Joker

            Well, it could… but it does seem to be white, not transparent and the color of the numbers seems to be contrasting quite well (it would be more blurred through the ruler).
            The photo does seem to show the other side of the gun held by the officer and that picture is not reversed as it can clearly be noticed as the uniform is as it should be.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Is that a sixgun in a cross-draw holster he’s carrying or something else? Does the sash have any function? Anyone know more about that particular police force?

    • Giolli Joker

      They carry Beretta 92FS.
      They are sort of military police in Italy, with roles that are usually similar to those of normal police in civilian environments.

    • Indiana Mike

      The sash is like Italian shoes; no function other than to look really good.

  • Tassiebush

    “Coming soon to the Professor Parabellum series” would be awesome!

  • Just say’n

    Maybe inspired by the Chiappa Little Badger .22? They’re made in Italy too I think.

  • M

    Hush puppy gun?

  • Edeco

    Should have went with the squirrel instead of the grenade as a gigantic hat emblem. Then have brass oak-leaves and acorns as buttons/signs of rank on the uniform.

  • Southpaw89

    I actually kind of want one, not enough to justify the stamp, but I still want one.

  • DIR911911 .

    do we have a price range? 🙂

  • Giolli Joker

    Yes, the fact is that in civilian environment their roles tend to be the same of Police and in some cases Carabinieri are even in charge of administrative function, at the end, for the common citizen, they’re no different than normal police and their military role isn’t obvious.
    They are topic of thousands of jokes, though. 🙂

    • J Garcia Sampedro

      Same as Guardia Civil in Spain.

  • Taofledermaus

    Did RoyalNonesuch design that?

    • Spikey DaPikey

      Too tidy.

  • bobfairlane

    That’s neat. The hammer looks kind of odd, though. How is it loaded?

  • Cobranut

    I especially like the Batman capes in the photo behind him. ROTFLMAO

  • Stephen Paraski

    Officer showing Right side, I think lower image is reversed. Nice WW2 style Uni.

  • ConservativeSurge

    Wow, even their zip guns are classy and well designed.

  • Heylighen Maxime

    .22 LR and .22 hornet ?!

    From the same chamber ? Without a converter ?

    Please, explain to me.