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Re: Zip Guns?????
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 07:47:25 AM »
Would love to discus guns . Have all kinds of questions. Not in here. Too many unwanted visitors to  in preppers sites.

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Re: Zip Guns?????
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 03:02:57 PM »

Zip guns have been around a very long time. Made by persons who cannot lawfully obtain a real firearm and usually live lives that revolve around violence, the illegal drug trade and/or gangs. Many have been found by corrections officers who conducted detailed searches of correctional institutions or vehicles trying to enter same.

There are some famous zip guns in distance history, like the Liberator. It was made in the thousands during the Second World War, they were then dropped to resistance fighters in Europe to cause as much grieve as possible to the nazis. The Liberator was made from cast aluminum, had a steel barrel and a more complicated trigger mech than the one in this article. It fired a single round of .45 ACP. To load/reload/unload the Liberator had to have its barrel unscrewed from the aluminum handle. In the movie, In The Line Of Fire, the bad guy used a modern versions of a zip gun, manufactured from space age plastic. Not sure if such plastic exists that can take the pressures created by modern cartridges, when they are fired.

There was also a period in North American history when the internet was still very new, that many youth experimented with mini-flare launchers as zip guns. I am not sure if the stats, but many had permanent hand injuries because these devices would explode in the hand of the user.

The long and short of it, is zip guns by their very nature use sub-standard materials to make a last ditch weapon for those who do not have the skills to use other weapons, or who cannot obtain real firearms. Those in this lifestyle are desperate to find anything to protect their lives. Zip guns for the most part are very dangerous to the operator to actually use. If you greatest expectation is to make sure you take the attacker with you, these might work. But both persons would be seriously, if not fatally wounded.

I would caution anyone considering experimenting with construction of a zip gun, to find a different hobby. Blacksmithing would be a better use of your time. At least with a hammer, forge and anvil, you can create projects you can actually use - knives, chisels, axes, tomahawks or even spear tips. Heck, you could build a real sword and battle axe and then spend hundreds of hours training with them to be able to wield them in case you end up in a Medieval battle. Avoid the zip guns. Only heartache down that road.

Be careful out there,

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