Man Makes Shotgun Out of Super Soaker

Surprise: Randy Smith then finds himself arrested

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 22, 2012 9:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Beware the toys of summer. A 54-year-old man faces a long list of charges after being spotted by Fresno, Calif., police with a Super Soaker around his neck, reports KMPH. The illegal part? The water gun had been refashioned as a shotgun, and Randy Smith just so happened to be a convicted felon who wasn't supposed to have ammunition or weapons in his possession. It wasn't Smith's age that apparently set police off; rather, they had been recently told to be on the lookout for weaponized water guns.

What police found: Smith allegedly took the Super Soaker apart and was then "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. In this case it was a 20 gauge shotgun shell," says a Fresno sergeant. A gun shop owner says the rehab probably cost just $30, but didn't involve a lot of smarts: "The firearms cartridge with the gun powder is an explosive. The device they're building has to be able to contain the pressure of that explosion. You could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head."

Beware the Super Soaker.
Beware the Super Soaker.   (©MarkScottAustinTX)
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