Found this on Facebook.


Recently, the Springfield MA Police Department discovered a shotgun concealed under the hood of a motor vehicle.

The gun was rigged to fire from a switch located within the passenger area of the car.

Officers should be aware of this method of firearm concealment.

Somewhat disconcerting that someone has a concealed shotgun in their vehicle. However I can’t imagine this being terribly effective. It would be difficult to aim this and shotgun projectiles do not cover a very large area enough to do a lot of damage. So it would be higher risk of missing your intended target and hitting something or someone else.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “So it would be higher risk of missing your intended target and hitting something or someone else.”

    People who rig remote controlled scatterguns under the hood arent thinking that far ahead.

    • Nashvone

      Nor do they particularly care about innocent bystanders.

  • iksnilol

    I would have mounted it pointed more downwards, so that you can take out the tires of a vehicle you’re chasing.

  • Sianmink

    That’s a pretty crapped up shotgun, considering how neat and shiny the plugwire harness and motor are.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Just a little mud.
      I wish they had pictures of the whole car/truck or whatever it is.

  • Mark

    Criminals failing to take health and safety concerns into consideration???

    Never thought I’d see the day!

  • Scott

    Tried to find original story. There are references to this going back to 2013, but source material is proving difficult.

    • You might try the term Lupara. It’s an old Mafia term for a sawed off break top double barrel shotgun or other sawed off shotgun.

      • Scott

        I’d love to know if the department tested it. Or if the owner had added any kind of sight marks to the vehicle.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        “Hey Tony, what say we step out of the car and talk. Its gettin’ stuffy in here. Whoops I dropped my lighter right there in front of the passenger headlight. You mind grabbin it for me…?”

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Perfect for road rage and getting that slow granny out of your way or that ahole that cut you off!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      But then you dont get the visceral satisfaction of screaming and waving your pistol out the window. Very cathartic.

    • Edeco

      Have it mounted facing 7 o clock or so in case someone wants to be Captain Linger back there.

  • tony patric

    is it rigged with the horn button?

  • Kitsuneki

    Death Race 1/2?

  • Cymond

    My father swore that he knew a guy with a full-auto Thompson rigged in his trunk, pointing out through the plastic emblem. According to the story, the guy was some kind of retired spook.

    On the other hand, my father was a bit nuts, and I have no way to verify ANY of what he said, much less this sort of thing.

  • felix

    Gheto deathrace maybe?

  • RealitiCzech

    Someone taking ‘riding shotgun’ literally.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Better put a condom on the barrel.

  • Southpaw89

    Someone’s been watching way to much James Bond, but I think I’ll brand these contraptions as Jimmy Bond.

    • Evan

      Looks like Q was out sick or something.

  • zippiest

    I’d prefer to have a remote control car that has an air bag that is pageants to detonate and flip the turd in front of me.
    I’m sure someone will think of how to build it.

  • Giolli Joker

    Nice, I’m Italian and I didn’t know it.
    It looks really cool and handy.

  • 5flytyr .

    Good thing they slept thru shop class too! bet it pops the radiator with the deflected pellets and makes the getaway tough.

    • Giolli Joker

      At least it seems there’s room to eject spent shells.

  • Tassiebush

    In my experience of shooting cars… that set up would be prettycrap. it’d need to be a slug or else it’d struggle to make it outside of the engine bay. It’d especially struggle to harm anyone in the way that was intended.

    • iksnilol

      Good point.

      Shotguns are crap against cars. Better mount an stockless AK with a drum and brass catcher (I presume brass isn’t good for the engine). Then point it more upwards or downwards to either better target the wheels or passenger area.

      • Tassiebush

        That would certainly be more effective. The other option is maximum power from a single shot. You get an old Boys anti tank rifle and mutilate it to fit under there. Then you could call it “Boys under the hood”…
        (Was that bad pun worth the distressing mental image of that beautiful rifle being ruined?)

        • iksnilol

          Yup, that was a good pun. You’ve done well by God and country, I’m proud to know a punster such as thee.

          I wonder if it would be legal if you didn’t make it with a solenoid but instead a clever arrangment of string ? πŸ˜›

          • Tassiebush

            haha as long as I’ve done well by the Queen too I shall be proud (being part of the commonwealth and all that).
            That legality question is a valid one but probably best unasked and undetected.

          • iksnilol

            Wait a sec, what’s your experience in shooting cars!? :O

            Am I communciating with double-ought-Tassie?

          • Tassiebush

            Haha my car shooting experience is just from adding to the aesthetics of a friend’s paddock basher. I presume other countries have equivalent cars. The sort of unregistered car you keep on a bush/rural property to do whatever takes your fancy whether that’s time trials, moving stuff or circle work. If you’ve got a gun with you as well it’s pretty hard to resist the temptation to see how the panels hold up. Basically everything up to and including 00 buckshot is pretty lame against car bodies. Soft point .223 is also lackluster but 12gauge slugs are a very satisfying option.
            Awesome thing is the current car in question still has functioning doors and windows.

          • iksnilol

            I am glad the windows work well. I had to help a relative change window engine once, never again (he ordered for the wrong side, and we found out after we had disassembled the door).

          • Tassiebush

            Haha that’s pretty diabolical. Fortunately I doubt my friend would be that bothered to fix it if it had been broken.
            There’s definitely something cool about tearing around a paddock in a shot up car with a locked diff that’s full of mud, empty stubby bottles, shell cases and a torn s3x doll.

          • iksnilol

            That sounds like some good old fashioned redneck fun πŸ˜›

          • Tassiebush

            It really is!

          • iksnilol

            Reminds me of shooting up a rotten tree… It was for science and practice you see. Learned to handle full auto a bit.

          • Tassiebush

            that sounds like a lot of fun! Is that legal back in Bosnia or just so common that it’s irrelevant? Lol

          • iksnilol


            Nobody got arrested πŸ˜›

      • Doctor Jelly

        Engines are primarily internal, so as long as the brass didn’t bounce into exposed pulleys (typically at the front of the engine, though actually, it’s probably soft enough with enough belt give that it doesn’t matter much), you’ll be fine without a catcher. The real problem is you have to avoid your radiator (and any other significant parts in the way) which limits you to the far left or right of the vehicle (pretty much just your headlights)…

  • DAN V.

    Not quite Breaking Bad finale.

  • PeterK

    That is impressively well done. Also creepy.

  • J Garcia Sampedro

    Wasn’t this from one of those TV shows (Discovery Channel?) were they made “custom spy cars”?
    I think I remember one car mounting two semiauto shotguns under the hood (the other used a full-auto paintball gun for some reason), besides smoke dischargers, nails, oil sprayer, etc.

    • Cymond

      There was an episode of Myth Busters that tested Hollywood sloppy car clichΓ©s. They did some testing using paintball guns mounted to the car. It actually went surprisingly well.

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    …Is that a Browning A5?

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    Like all those photos of guns hidden in squirt guns that the police use to spoop people?
    (Yes, I spelled it right. It’s part of the joke.)

  • iksnilol

    That isn’t really road rage.

    I mean, nobody got hurt or stressed. It was rather a good example of swift and effective communication.

    • randomswede

      Road Rage diffused perhaps?
      I just couldn’t resist posting the clip as a reaction to TheNotoriousIUDs post.

      • iksnilol

        Driver used Road Rage

        It failed miserably.


  • ThatOneChap

    You always seemed to hear about this in 80s, 90s cop/sci-fi stuff, I seem to remember.

  • Glocker

    I don’t know if anybody has mentioned specifically where this came from, but the above stated story is not true. This vehicle was from a show that had been on the Discovery channel or TLC.