Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A Thorny One For The Gun Control People?

Trevor Cracknell, 48, had been invited round for a cup of tea by his neighbour in their block of apartments...
And no, he didn't bring a cup of sugar!
...when he fired the weapon at a bedroom wall.
The weapon? Do we have another dangerous licensed gun owner here?

Well, no. Not quite.

Here's one I made earlier...

Yes, that's exactly what it looks like...
DC Deby Webster said: "Cracknell had made a firearm out of pieces of old wood and metal. Worryingly, he had tried a gun out in a rural public area using a piece of string to pull the trigger from a distance. It failed to discharge so he assumed it didn’t work.

"However, he successfully discharged it in a neighbour’s bedroom."
There are no words....
"This type of sentence should act as a deterrent to those who even think of trying to make their own weapons."
Sound advice.


SadButMadLad said...

Quite a bit of an engineer. He would do quite well in an engineering job.

And he follows H&S rules, by testing the kit in a rural area well away from anyone else. And when he did test it indoors, pointed it at a wall rather than at a person.

I wonder why he bothered to show off his "gun" if he didn't know if his friend was totally on his side. That's the only silly thing he did.

After all this I bet he was really banged up for the unlicensed proper guns.

Jim said...

I have to agree with SBML. That's a smart bit of work. Its nice to know that some remnants of British engineering nous remain.

Woman on a Raft said...

Put me down as impressed. I couldn't make a gun and I only know one person who could; Wing Commander Ken Wallis.

A salt and battered said...

I know very little about firearms but this device has the appearance of an old captive bolt pistol which has been modified with a barrel in place of the 'bolt'.
The captive bolt is used to stun animals in the abattoir.

Jiks said...

Don't hurt or even attempt to hurt anyone, get 5 years.

Seriously injure someone, get nothing. Welcome to the justice system.

nisakiman said...

It's rather 'steam-punk', isn't it. He obviously lavished a lot of attention on the decoration. Quite good, really.

Lord T said...

There are plenty of plans for weapons on the web, really good ones made from plumbing kit with little engineering.

A guy called Phil Luty built a machine gun from plumbing parts to show how stupid the gun laws were.

Get them now while you still can.

Woman on a Raft said...

really good ones made from plumbing kit with little engineering.

And yet, ask a qualified plumber to make a shower from a plumbing kit bought on the web and see how far it gets you.

David Gillies said...

Is that why you're on a raft?

JuliaM said...

"Quite a bit of an engineer."


" He obviously lavished a lot of attention on the decoration."

Yes, rather peculiar decoration at that!

"And yet, ask a qualified plumber to make a shower from a plumbing kit bought on the web and see how far it gets you."


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that the neighbour is no longer classed as one of his friends.

I nearly hurt myself laughing with the:

"officers discovered a stash of weapons and ammunition" quote which was followed by..

"including an air rifle and a tin of adapted bullets"

So, he didn't have any real ammunition or firearms! Therefore what this apparently appears to be is a homemade (possibly) black-powder starting pistol (and no, adapted air-rifle pellets don't count)

What can you expect in a country that is so hoplophobic that kids are banned from carrying toys even vaguely shaped like weapons in case they turn into mass murderers.

>facepalm (no not enough)

>headdesk - ah,much better

SadButMadLad said...

@Able, When the state bans air guns like the one Justin Beiber was recently seen holding as he came out of Hamleys then you know that the country has gone seriously hoplophobic.

Anonymous said...


No, this country has gone much further than that.

Sorry the link doesn't work anymore but you get the idea.

Let's ban anything even vaguely weapon-like - er, even sticking out your finger and saying 'bang' as this is likely to turn even the most innocent seven year old into a raving mass murderer you know FFS

Anonymous said...


Call me an old curmudgeon if you wish but I personally believe Justin Bieber should be arrested and banned 'on principle' even without a toy gun, so no complaints from me here ;-)

Now you kids get off my lawn.