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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:08 PM

AUSTRALIA: (Editorial) Fake guns a genuine danger

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/fake-guns-a-genuine-danger/story-fndo317g-1226514369688


IF someone held one of these guns to your head, would you hand over the money?

NSW Police think so - even though one is a genuine Smith and Wesson .375 Magnum worth $980 and the other is an illegal fake we found being sold in Darling Harbour for just $98.

Police raided the retailer, a tobacconist in the Harbourside Shopping Centre trading under the name Tobacco Reef, after being alerted by The Sunday Telegraph.

NSW Police firearms squad boss Detective Superintendent Ken Finch said the replica firearms looked real enough to be used convincingly in robberies.

"They are absolutely illegal because they are duplicates of (real) firearms," Mr Finch said. "You could pull that out and people'd think it is real."

SNIP

On Friday, police from City Central station raided the Darling Harbour tobacconist and seized stocks of the fake guns, which have been sent to ballistics experts for analysis.

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Fake guns thast can't shoot bullets were sent to ballistics for analysis???

How soon until they outlaw pictures of guns?

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GreenStormCloud Nov 2012 OP
PavePusher Nov 2012 #1
spin Nov 2012 #2
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #3
spin Nov 2012 #5
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #6
glacierbay Nov 2012 #4
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 2012 #7

Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:20 PM

1. Have Aussies always been that stupid, or is it a recent development?

 

Gun store employee in the picture needs some serious remedial training before he injures himself or a customer or co-worker.

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 02:16 PM

2. It is always wise to keep your booger hook off the bang switch unless ...

you wish to hear a loud noise.

Perhaps he got his firearm safety training from watching movies.

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Response to spin (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 02:27 PM

3. Spin, is that the only posed picture of a Bond with a revolver? nt

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:21 PM

5. Here's another picture of James Bond with a revolver. ...




In the movie Live and let Die, Bond, played by Roger Moore used a nickel plated Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum, with what appears to be the 8 and 3/8th inch barrel. The revolver initially appears to be a Ruger Redhawk .44 magnum in the publicity shots, but the Ruger Redhawk was not available until 1979, some six years after the release of the film.
http://www.vincelewis.net/bond2.html


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Response to spin (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:40 PM

6. Ol' man Ruger was criticized for not updating...

but he had his finger on the pulse of trends (the single-action craze engendered by T.V. westerns in the 1950s), and civilian use of decent semi-auto rifles. I don't doubt they had a proto-type ready for Moore, and the movie-makers weren't going to miss catching a late wave of Eastwood's Dirty Harry stuff.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 02:31 PM

4. Why would you send a fake gun

 

to ballistics experts for analysis? What are they going to analyze? Oh I know, a fake bullet.

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:12 PM

7. So you can trot out an "expert witness" in court

Expert witnesses always impress juries. Especially if they can, in excruciating detail, describe how a two-ounce piece of plastic is not, in fact, a two-pound .357 Magnum revolver.

Ballistic test: Yes, we pulled the trigger, and noted the trajectory of a stream of water.



edit to add: Happy Veterans Day. I hope you got your free lunch at a local participating restaurant.

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