disguised weapons

A small caliber pistol disguised as a smoking pipe.

This page contains public-domain documents, musings, and other stuff relating to disguised weapons, which are weapons designed to look--and in some cases, function--like ordinary objects. The purpose of such weapons is concealment, generally from authorities who proscribe and/or confiscate personal arms. As a constitutional literalist, I believe that the 2nd amendment invalidates any legislation which prohibits any person from carrying any weapon at any time. I also believe that the implications of such a reading, in this age of WMD, are terrifying and impractical. The right way to fix the problem is by amending the constitution. The amended version should provide that the right of citizens (i.e. not felons) to keep and bear personal weapons for defense of life and property shall not be infringed.

Here, to begin with, is a special report, published in 1979 by the US Treasury Department, Customs Bureau, detailing various disguised weapons confiscated by customs agents over the years. The document is in .PDF format; you will need to download Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view it.

Also, a friend of mine has referred me to the Stinger Pen-Gun Website, where some gifted machinists and/or mechanical engineers are selling some amazing little gizmos. Penguns are relatively common in the disguised-weapons literature, but not of this caliber (pardon the pun.) They also sell a credit-card sized .22 pistol, which would be ideal for defense against muggers. Although they don't come right out and say it on the website, the idea is to carry the thing inside your wallet. As Craig Meissner's Disguised Weapons puts it, "the practice of carrying a firearm inside a wallet holster...is the safest way of protecting oneself against the possibility of being accosted by a robber, as the robber naturally assumes his victim is merely reaching for his wallet." (p.2)