Eyebrows raised as US gun manufacturer makes Nintendo Zapper Glock

Ben Parfitt
Eyebrows raised as US gun manufacturer makes Nintendo Zapper Glock

Toys that resemble real-world hand guns are banned in most markets, but what of the other way around?

Although it still feels weird for us in the UK, even shops like Walmart sell guns and ammo in the US, so it's no surprise that the gun customisation market is a big one.

One recent custom has raised eyebrows, however. Texas-based firm Precision Syndicate announced via Facebook a customised Glock fashioned in the style of Nintendo's Zapper lightgun for the NES.

A lot of folk are already uncomfortable at toys based on violent video game licenses such as Call of Duty and Halo. For an arms company to swing the other way and style an actual gun after a kids toy drew plenty of criticism.

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,” the company has now clarified. This is a one off custom build for a friend of ours.

[Due] 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.”

The developer of underwater survival adventure Subnautica recently said that his title deliberately does not equip players with firearms due to his team's fundamental opposition to US gun laws.

Subnautica was being birthed right around the time of the Sandy Hook shooting. This was a particularly nasty shooting, although many people don't realize America has school shootings every day. Every. Single. Day,” Unknown Worlds said.

Subnautica is one vote towards a world with less guns. A reminder that there is another way forward. One where we use non-violent and more creative solutions to solve our problems. One where we are not at the top of the food chain.”

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