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A chainlock, also known as a smiley[1] is an improvised weapon which consists of a length of chain or strong cloth attached to a large lock or other piece of metal. The chainlock is mainly used in areas where other hand held weapons, such as knives, are not readily available.

The chainlock is used by swinging the heavy end of the chain at the target. The chainlock is not usually considered to be a lethal weapon, but can cause much damage when used proficiently.

It is normally used in gang warfare.


  1. ^ News 10. ""Smiley's" Found in Lockers Have Authorities Frowning". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2009.