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Looking for news story - iPhone Guns

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by RicInOR, May 4, 2014.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is a story making the rounds - I am looking for some source material

    A NYC LEO ( could be transit cop ) claims an officer was shot thru the lens of an iphone.

    I doubt that is true - the iPhones are just too thin. However, the length or width could be sufficient for a cartridge and firing mechanism - even if it has a 0 length barrel (just shot from the chamber)

    “people are using iPhones as guns.”
    "because people are using iPhones as guns and shooting cops through the camera lens"
    "cop and he said that there were incidents, specifically in uptown Manhattan where a kid shot a cop with his iPhone. Straight face. Very serious.”"

    So, other than "proof of concept" stories, if anyone has an actual reported case of one being used, NY or otherwise, please share.
    And the searches are challenging because Shot is also a photography term and the iPhone is a fine camera.
    And, there are lots of people who have wanted to, or actually shot their phones.

    TIA
     
  2. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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  3. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    SNOPES:

    So Snopes rates this as TRUE? Based on what? That it's possible to produce a gun that looks like a cell phone? Almost anything is POSSIBLE.

    Now some cop will use this to justify blowing away a citizen reaching for his cell phone, or better yet, recording police activity on the street. This story from 2001 is a godsend for cops who don't want to be recorded in the course of their duties.
     
  4. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Or a flashlight
    22flashlight-zipgunjgp.jpg
     
  5. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    Back in the 50's car radio antennas were hollow, and just the right size for a .22 lr.

    Zip_Gun.jpg
     
  6. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    They were called "zip guns".
     
  7. Frankenrifle

    Frankenrifle Clatskanie Active Member

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    Okay, if that light works then I want one!
     
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  8. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    You misunderstood the story. The cop had the iPhone up about to take a picture and somebody shot at the cop and it hit the lens and went through then hit the cop :rolleyes: