A firearm manufacturer in Texas, known as Precision Syndicate LLC, has modelled one of their newest handguns to resemble the Nintendo Zapper that launched with the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Because of the large amount of media attention they've received, Precision Syndicate released a statement on Facebook today, explaining that the gun is not planned for mass production:
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 [sic] 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.
Photos of the gun were posted on Facebook on Wednesday by the firearm company, with the following caption: "Finally... We were waiting for someone to let us do this. We weren't the first to do it but WOW, this glock turned out good!"
The comments on the Facebook page are mixed. Some take note of the obvious dangers of a gun resembling a toy, while others believe that because of its collector value most would just put it on display rather than actually have it used. Another concern is whether or not Nintendo approves of being associated with the handgun, due to its logo being slapped on, though it may be less of a concern now that we know it won't be mass produced. We've reached out for comment and we will update when we receive any statements.
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Knowing that this is a custom build that isn't planned to be sold through mass production is a relief. Without commenting on gun rights, I think it's safe to say that combining a toy aesthetic with a real firearm is a recipe for trouble. Provided the firing pin is removed and this is kept in a case somewhere it can't be mistaken for a toy by a child, it'd be much easier to appreciate this as we do other modded artifacts.