Improvised and camouflaged firearms can be some of the most interesting weapons around, and the best ones combine inventiveness, creativity, craft work, and a sort of apocalyptic chic together into final products that are compelling far beyond the sum of their parts or their actual capabilities and practicality. Mark Serbu – one of the big names in big guns, and Royal Nonesuch – a YouTube vlogger with a penchant for the improvised and dangerous, joined forces together with Serbu’s daughter Valerie (50CalVal), and Mark’s friends Mike and Mike (“Beardo”), to bring to the world the fire extinguisher shotgun. As the video below illustrates, that’s pretty much what it says on the tin:
What possible service could the fire extinguisher shotgun serve? Well, I think that’s the wrong question to ask. Instead, we should consider what it says about the gun culture in the United States that – if you want to – you can go out and build a device like this on your own (following applicable laws, of course). Indeed, the sentiment is truer now than ever before that, if anyone invaded the United States, there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass – and fire extinguisher shotguns, and homemade 3D printed pistols, and anything else enterprising Americans could think of turning into a weapon, too.