Lego gun

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A Lego gun is a toy weapon which is made out of Lego pieces. There are both working guns (that either shoot rubber bands or bricks), but also replicas that do not shoot and have more attention for detail. Lego's makers have a long-standing policy of not manufacturing realistic modern weaponry (although swords and other medieval arms (see Lego Technic) are available), so hobbyists have sought to fill gaps in the market.

Model-makers[edit]

Jack Streat has produced a number of rubber band guns, including a replica Lee–Enfield bolt-action sniper rifle.[1] He has produced a book, LEGO Heavy Weapons (No Starch Press).[2] The SF Gate expressed concern that the book could encourage children into aggression and gun-love.[2]

Will Chapman has circumvented Lego's opposition to modern weaponry by casting his own non-functional lego guns: he constructed aluminum molds from a CNC mill and injection-molded plastic from melted-down Lego bricks.[3]

News incidents[edit]

On 29 January 2013 a woman from Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA reported that her 5-year-old son was threatened with suspension after making a Lego gun in an after school class.[4]

Books[edit]

  • Jack Streat, LEGO Heavy Weapons (No Starch Press)
  • Martin Hüdepohl, Badass Lego Guns: Building Instructions for Five Working Guns (No Starch Press)[5]
  • Ulrik Pilegaard, Mike Dooley, Forbidden Lego: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! (No Starch Press) - projects include a gun that fires Lego beams, a candy catapult, and a gun that fires ping-pong balls[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Working sniper rifle, minigun and shotgun built from Lego". Wired (UK). June 11, 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b Graff, Amy. "Is new book on making LEGO firearms harmless or scary?". SF Gate. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  3. ^ Anderson, Chris (October 2, 2012). "The long tail of Lego". Reuters.
  4. ^ "Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos". CBS Boston. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  5. ^ Biggs, John (January 31, 2011). "Lego Guns: The Antithesis Of All That Is Lego". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  6. ^ Griffin, Terry (2010). The Art of Lego Mindstorms NXT-G Programming. No Starch Press.