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Shoestring machine gun

Word at, is that a commercial for Mythbusters shows the shoestring machine gun. The posters questioned the legality of it but it is my understanding that many states (and more likely California) have exceptions for dramatic license, movie production and valid scientific experimentation. Even Tennessee law provides a possible defense of possession as:

Activity reasonably related to lawful dramatic performance or scientific research

But, kids, don’t try it at home. Just because you’re videotaping yourself, it doesn’t mean you can have a machine gun.

Update: Looks like they’re using a shoestring just to pull the trigger from a distance.

7 Responses to “Shoestring machine gun”

  1. Sebastian Says:

    Wouldn’t the feds still consider it manufacturing a machine gun? I guess one way to do it would be to get someone on site who has a license to manufacture from the ATF.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    I’ve watched the show a lot. Every time they blow stuff up, they have some sort of federal agent or SF police guy who is an expert there. I’m sure they have a legal team to dot the I’s and cross their T’s for them. That’d be my guess.

  3. Heartless Libertarian Says:

    Isn’t the commercial for their “Can a bullet fired straight up kill?” show?

    I love the fact that they use an M1 Garand just about every time they involve a rifle.

  4. Josh Says:

    I like the fact that I see them using evil black rifles in San Fran. The one that reruns every now and then that involved a .50 cal trying to knock Buster off the stand cracks me up. And I think most of the guns are personally owned by Jamie.

  5. Alcibiades Says:

    I thought they used a shotgun slug on that knock-over Buster myth, not the .50 cal. (Maybe I’m thinking of the wrong episode.) I know they used one for the Bullet-proof Water episode.

  6. Josh Says:

    They did use a slug, but it didn’t work. So, you know how they get. They put a 1/2″ or 3/8″ steel plate on Buster and hit him with a .50. It went thru Buster and the plate and, IIRC didn’t knock him down, just went on thru.

  7. Josh Says:

    I love that show. I hope they do have an episode with this, I’d love to watch those guys shoot the crash test dummy full of holes with it.