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Nike Shoes Transformed Into Pistols


Yesterdays post examined a piece of childrens furniture that appropriated the gun aesthetic. Today were flipping this idea to look at a collection of stunning concept guns that stole their look from Nike sneakers. Created by Australian graphic designer Phil Robson (aka Fil Fury), each of the Nike Air Max Assault Weapons takes the form of an existing firearm (Beretta, Uzi, etc) and remixes it with a running shoe. The result is a series of surreal, Nike-branded weapons that leaves me wondering what kind of world these objects might exist in.

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Style over Substance: Re-Designing AR-15s To Undermine Gun Control Bill


Oh, the futility of legislating gun styling! The NY SAFE Act signed into law by Governor Cuomo was created to limit the sale and ownership of assault weapons, primarily those based on the AK-47 or AR-15 design. However, the bill defines assault weapons not on their lethality but on the largely superficial aspects of military weapons such as bayonet mounts or a pistol grip on the stock. Its like outlawing guns that are grey.

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Where Gun Design Meets Crib Design


The above crib pays homage to the prodigious gun designer John Moses Browning (who created among other classics, the M1911 pistol that was standard-issue for the army for nearly 75 years andinteresting triviais the state gun of Utah). The front railing of the crib was designed to emulate the stocks of two 1895 Winchester lever-action rifles, the crib poles are made of steel rifle barrels, the headboard features Brownings buckmark insignia and cut-outs of the Auto 5 shotgun. There are additional, subtler gun details that you can read about at Guns and Tactics but rest assured that  a great deal of thought, planning, and design ingenuity went into this piece.

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Remote controlled Firing


Huh. Thats a carbon-fiber octocopter armed with a .45 Taurus Judge revolver. I wouldnt have selected a revolver for this little stunt. I doubt that the drone can handle the kickback (I could barely handle the kickback). Maybe thats why there arent any uncut shots of the contraption firing and actually hitting anything.

Actually, I wouldnt have done this stunt at all given the fact that creating a remote-controlled trigger is illegal in most states. From the Fish & Game code of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc etc

3003. (a) It is unlawful for any person to shoot, shoot at, or killany bird or mammal with any gun or other device accessed via an Internet connection in this state.

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Guns for Kids


Mother Jones recently ran a piece about Keystone Sporting Arms, the company that made and sold the childs rifle used by a 5-year-old in the accidental shooting of his sister last week. The story is accompanied by images from the companys kids corner photo gallery. Children, mostly girls, ranging in age from about 4 months to 14 years are shown posing with their rifles or proudly pointing to paper targets or dead animals.

But when I look at these pictures, I dont see Future Gun Nuts of America but rather young people who are working to master a skill that takes a challenging amount of responsibility. These kids probably feel very good to be trusted with something potentially deadly and satisfied when they use it properly.

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Thumbs And Ammo


It looks like its Ammunitions Week here at!

I thought Id follow-up my depressing last post with something utterly delightful: Thumbs & Ammo, a new blog featuring images of favorite action moments from film and television with the guns photoshopped out and the thumbs left in. The result is a cheeky and upbeat re-imagination of pop culture action heroes. A few faves:

ChuckNorristhumbsup Emil P

By Emil P, via


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By Ignazio D, via



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