Guns don’t kill people. Dumb people with guns kill people. Or at least that used to be the case. These days it feels like a lot of rather smart people with way too much time on their hands have taken to developing potentially lethal weaponry.
Take these guys and their eye-catching Glock pistol, which just so happens to have been based on a popular computer game console controller.
Gamers of a certain age will recall the Nintendo NES Zapper. It was one of the first toy guns that allowed players to aim and shoot targets on their TV screen. A primitive precursor to the Nintendo Wii, the NES Zapper is perhaps best associated with one of the NES’s best ever games – Duck Hunt.
Now, for reasons unknown, two companies have built real glock pistols resembling these toy guns – because what we really want to do is make sure people think shooting people in games and shooting them in real life is the same thing.
Already manufactured once back in 2016 as part of a one-off project, Precision Syndicate of Midland, Texas, recently took to Facebook to showcase its own version of the Nintendo-inspired gun.
Initially presented in the familiar red and grey Nintendo colour scheme and with the Nintendo zapper logo on the side, the colour scheme was quickly changed to a bright orange amid fears kids would think it was a toy – we don’t want that.
The public outcry over the weapon subsequently forced Precision Syndicate to issue a statement on social media, insisting there were no plans to mass provide the weapon:
“In light of the “Nintendo Glock” drama, we feel that the media and our fans need to know that this firearm will not be mass produced nor will it ever be. This is a one off custom build for a friend of ours. Do to the thousands of emails and messages we have received in the past 2 days we have been unable to contact everyone in a timely manner, please be patient we will get to you as soon as possible. Thank you all for your support! Oh, and please.. keep your guns locked up and away from children, it’s common sense.”
In any case they would most likely be hit by a massive lawsuit by Nintendo if they did try and build the gun on a larger scale – most games companies don’t want to be associated with lethal weapons.
So don’t expect to see this Nintendo gun in shops any time soon and don’t expect to see the gun from Time Crisis making an appearance either. They are meant to be toys, God damn it.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.