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Adults know a gun is not a toy but when a Texas custom gun maker modified a Glock to look like a classic video game weapon this month, many critics worried kids would not. The "Nintendo Glock" caused such an uproar that Precision Syndicate was forced to clarify that it was not going to mass produce the firearm made to look like Nintendo's Duck Hunt Zapper.
Most of the negative comments about the gun came from people concerned about children being confused by the guns and police safety and responses as the line between toys and deadly weapons grows finer. But there will be only one such gun made by Precision Syndicate, says the company.
The Nintendo Duck Hunt Zapper was released in 1984 and allowed users to pretend to shoot lasers at a screen. Now the kids of the eighties are all grown up and some gamers seem to think it would make a hell of a gun.
Reportedly others have already modified real weapons to look like this famous gray plastic fantasy weapon of the not-too-distant past. But the Texas gun maker who came under fire for the custom weapon it made explained how its Duck Hunt Zapper Glock came into existence in a statement on its Facebook page, unable to respond to thousands of messages and comments.
"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," Precision Syndicate wrote. "This is a one off custom build for a friend of ours ... Oh, and please... keep your guns locked up and away from children, it's common sense."
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