Winchester ’94 Lever Action Candy Dispenser

Artist Constantine Zlatez and Kostadin Ilov, a computer scientist at UC Berkeley, put a decommissioned lever-action rifle to good use, dispensing candy for all to enjoy. They use plastic capsules similar in shape to ammo. Probably .30-30 Winchester.

Win candy 1 Win candy 2

You insert a brass disc like a coin and the machine is activated. A motor actuates the lever action and ejects the capsule of candy. The candy capsule is caught in the metal mesh basket below the rifle’s action. Then it tumbles into a tray for you to retrieve your candy.

Winchester-94-Candy-Vending-Machine-1 Winchester-94-Candy-Vending-Machine-4

I do not like the fact that you are facing the muzzle as you insert the coin. I realize it is an art piece an often artists make guns into art as some anti-gun statement. I can’t tell if that is the case here but it is a pretty cool set up.

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  • iksnilol

    Should’a mounted the rifle sideways so you can watch the rifle being cycled while waiting for the candy.

    • nick

      yes! a clear side panel would be a really neat thing to see . great idea!

      ( I love cut away and sectioned working machines)

  • 12judges

    I’ll take you to the candy shop,
    no need to see those bodies drop,
    keep snacking till you hit the spot,
    we’re having fun, nobody’s getting shot,
    Hoooh Hooh!

    • mazkact

      To the tune of “Easy Street” (“The Walking Dead” fan here)

      I’ll take you to the candy shop,
      no need to see those bodies drop,
      keep snacking till you hit the spot,
      we’re having fun, nobody’s getting shot
      right here on easy street.

  • Edeco

    Spiffy; nicely made, though provoking. Good job not having the candy exit thru the muzzle, that would be a bit dark. Will there be more, like a Glock with just two JBs per cartridge?

    • JustAHologram

      Why go smaller, make a 12ga pump

      • Gary Kirk


        • JustAHologram

          It might need to take $5s but sounds good

    • Jake

      It is already dark!
      You pay with the Winchester pointed at you.
      Is it, “killing you with sweetness”? And why candy?
      Is he advocating assisted suicide?

      • Phillip Cooper

        _obligatory note that sugar kills more people than bullets_

  • ModelT

    This guy needs to make an M249 version with little capsules filled with vodka or moonshine, ya know for the alcoholic gun guy in your life.

  • Blake

    While this appears spiffy, the last thing you want is for even one young child to think that candy comes out of guns!

    (The capsules could certainly contain some decent Bourbon instead 🙂

    • Hinermad

      It’s an art project from someone at Berkeley. Common sense isn’t a requirement.

      I support your position on bourbon, however.

    • yanks427

      Totally agree with you. I am not a fan of anything that makes a firearm look or act like anything other than what it is. I feel the same way about the popular pink (and other colors) riffles and handguns. IMHO, they make the firearm look like a toy.

      • Vanns40

        Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 50’s but can we PLEASE stop with all the whiny PC crap of “it can’t look like a gun” or “we have to be sooo careful”. For crying out loud try parenting, education and common sense.

        • yanks427

          I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s too (can’t remember seeing and pink guns in our house). I’m sorry that you took my comment as “whiny”, it wasn’t my intention at all, just my opinion.

          • Vanns40

            Perhaps I misunderstood your comment, perhaps not. I see no need for pink, red, blue or any other color guns. As kids we played with toy guns, “shot” each other and age 8 or so learned what real guns were (we got started a little late). My brother and I started shooting (for real)at age ten and I owned my first gun at age 12. I was never allowed to go out hunting by myself till I was 14. I’ve been a firearms instructor for more than 35 years. If parents would take the time to educate themselves about firearms and then either teach their children or put them through a firearms safety course we wouldn’t have anywhere near the problems we’re encountering today. You don’t have to want to own firearms or even like them to appreciate the benefit of educating yourself and your children.

          • yanks427

            Seems like you and I have similar firearm experiences growing up, sad fact is that it isn’t something that happens so much these days. I was raised around guns, taught properly, and now in my 60’s I have a firearm collection that is extensive, I continue to shoot at least 3 times a week on my home range and reload and shoot close to 10K rounds a year.

            I don’t want you to wonder if you misunderstood (or not) the point I made in my original post, I will try to be more clear by providing a example explaining it.

            I have a niece who has a 3 year old daughter. Smart little girl but at this point in her young life she has no idea what a lever action riffle is. But she does know what candy is and she likes it a lot. If she thought that she could get candy out of a model 94, she would work the lever on every one she saw. Now before you go off on educating children on firearms which I totally agree with,there are no guns in her house and probably never will be but it is not to say that she won’t find one under the bed at one of her little friends house. This post shows a lever action riffle converted to a candy machine and I don’t think it is a good idea.

            Typically I read these firearm related articles and don’t comment. My simple comment was mistaken as being “PC” when in no way is that true. Thanks for reminding me why I don’t join these discussions.

            WIshing you a Merry Christmas.

          • Vanns40

            And a Merry Christmas to you also. Typically, three or four is when you start teaching the Eddie Eagle “stop, don’t touch, leave the area, tell an adult” philosophy regarding firearms. I understand your point but if we try and shield kids from everything that could possibly go wrong not only will we totally fail, we’ll just plain miss out on neat “stuff” like the Rube Goldberg inventions which may encompass firearms as candy dispensing machines.

            We can’t censor these things we just have to do our very best in education and keeping kids safe while they’re learning. I don’t believe we’re that far off :). Have a great New Years.

          • kelly collins

            Thank you; exactly!!

      • Secundius

        Ask Oleg Volk why he has Two Shotgun Floor Lamps…

  • DW

    The rifle used to dispense justice, now it dispense diabetes. /cringes like Clint Eastwood

  • wetcorps

    Lame, the candy should shoot from the muzzle directly into your mouth.

    • Edeco

      I thought that, but, eh, a little dark. Plus having the cartridge eject and bounce around is fun and whimsical. Wave the candy around before giving it to the user like those gumball machines with long, lighted spiral ramps.

      It’s fun, I mean, who doesn’t put snap caps in a mag and practice ejecting upward, locking the slide open and catching the snap cap?

      • wetcorps

        Yeah but with this setup you can’t say sings like “I’m gonna Kurt Cobain some Skittles”.

  • tsubaka

    “Constantine Zlatev is a San Francisco based artist and designer”
    His work is often satirical, grounded in ideas of social, political, cultural or historical significance.
    yup the guy is anti-gun (watch “The last gun” a project he made)

    • Edeco

      Hmmm. If he’s anti he needs to snark harder; I like his stuff.

    • Swarf

      So he’s anti-gun, but works with them all the time, tinkering with and undoubtedly admiring their designs, engineering and craftsmanship?

      “What’s that Constantine? You have to buy another gun? I thought you hated guns?”

      “Uhh… art?”

      “… Okay, but why a Wilson Combat?”

    • David Silverstein

      I love when anti-gunners do things like this. They learn about the mechanics and the beauty and the precision of a firearm. You cannot admire a gun so fully (and even handle it) and then declare that the gun itself is the problem. This man is on his way to understanding freedom.

  • mazkact

    I can think if much better uses for a 94 Winchester. Make your “art” using replicas.

  • Random Disable Person

    That metal mesh rubbing on the stock, is this a 30-30 snuff piece? And why California did you have to “decommissioned a lever-action rifle ” . Couldn’t they use a Hi-Point

    So avaunt garde candy coming from a gun…. except PEZ did it better in the 1950’s onwards. Of course nowadays there would be an expulsion for the kid for bringing a candy dispenser to school. With mandatory psych intervention if the were eating the candy straight out of the barrel and/or shooting it into their mouth.

    Wouldn’t an ammo bandolier be able to hold lollipops or the reloads? Fluff tthe content of material in their piece so they can charge more.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Some artists are really sick individuals crying out for help.

  • Bierstadt54

    Well, I think he is just standing in front of the gun so the camera can see the operation, and normally (if there is a normally) a person would stand to the side to use it. If it is meant to be operated from the front though, he could just be working up to a suicide dispenser. Odd – in the head.

  • JoshCalle

    That’s cool, I guess. I’m still waiting for the paddy’s pub Shot-gun that blasts tequila into my mouth.

  • anonymous

    Looks like candy actually is dispensed from the side, and normally you would do it from that angle. Not in front like what the dude is doing, just for viewing the action.

    Don’t care much for the artistic angle they want to portray but the mortar shells and glass 7.62s are pretty sick and would make a cool table piece.

  • dltaylor51

    This guy is no artist,he’s a tinkerer at best.

  • aevangel1

    What a waste of a relatively nice looking model ’94.

  • DataMatters

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. The machine work looks halfway decent, though. The candy cartridges do not appear to chamber, just eject.

  • Nils

    Why would you do this to a 94? 🙁

  • graybeard 65

    Sad end to a nostalgic icon !!

  • Steven Parker

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen.Why would anyone do this? The rifle is a beautiful Tool and to mess it up by doing something like this to it is sick.I’ll bet it was a Dumbacrap. The worst thing is that a gun guy reported it.

  • NCJohn

    I’m amazed that at a liberal sh*thole like UC Berkeley that there wasn’t mass protests and special snowflakes running for their safe spaces since there was a firearm there.