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
Beware the Super Soaker.   (©MarkScottAustinTX)

(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."

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May 23, 2012 12:45 PM CDT
i want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 22, 2012 1:00 PM CDT
I'd like to see a How-to-do-it video on YouTube.
May 22, 2012 10:48 AM CDT
I guess he's never heard of Newton's Third Law of Motion. That's the one that would have caused the shotgun shell casing to fire out the back of the gun into his head, in an "equal and opposite reaction."