Wow. MacGyver ain’t got nuthin’ on this guy.
According to the NY Daily News:
A California man was arrested Saturday night for strutting around town with a homemade shotgun hidden in the hollowed-out shell of a plastic Super Soaker water gun.
Randy Smith, 54, had the lethal version of the brightly colored child’s toy hanging around his neck from a sling and loaded with a 20-gauge shotgun shell, police in Fresno, Calif., said.
“He took the Super Soaker apart, was able to fashion a barrel to where he was able to make what’s considered a zip gun, where you can fire one round through it,” Sgt. Mark Hudson told KMPH News. “The guy that made that gun, he probably got maybe $30 worth of parts,” local gunshop worker Bill Mayfield told KMPH.
He said the deadly device was no laughing matter.
“The firearm’s cartridge with the gun powder is an explosive. The device they’re building has to be able to contain the pressure of that explosion,” Mayfield, who works at Gilmay Guns, said. “So they’re just relying on, well maybe this will hold up. Well, you could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head.”
Smith was booked into Fresno County jail on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacturing an illegal weapon.
“Certainly this person was up to no good,” Hudson said. “He was out there with what seemed to the uneducated person to be a child’s toy, whereas these officers are now confronted with a shotgun.”
Sounds like Mr. Smith was out to wet some t-shirts… with blood. This is proof that both resourcefulness and foolishness can peacefully co-exist within one person. Maybe he was gonna hop on a Big Wheel and pull a drive-by.