Manufacturer speaks of a “childhood dream” – a real gun disguised as a Lego toy causes horror

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A block instead of a Glock: the US manufacturer Culper Precision wanted to get sympathy points with a 9 mm pistol that was turned into a Lego weapon. But the shot backfired.

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Block 19 looks like a toy gun …

Culper Precision

... but is a fully functional 9mm automatic.

… but is a fully functional 9mm automatic.

Culper Precision

Many children in the United States are introduced to all types of weapons at an early age.

Many children in the United States are introduced to all types of weapons at an early age.

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  • An arms dealer redesigned a pistol to look like a Lego toy.

  • Not only mothers of shot children are appalled.

  • Lego has already contacted us and banned the sale of the weapon called Block 19.

The name Glock is well known to gun lovers and attentive moviegoers: every self-respecting criminal or law enforcement officer uses one of the Austrian 9mm pistols. Now the gunsmiths Culper Precision from Provo in the US state of Utah has taken on the weapon and turned it into Block 19. The name is no coincidence: the surface of the weapon is completely covered with Lego blocks, which makes the automatic look like a toy weapon.

But that’s exactly what upsets many. Because in fact the Lego pistol is just as deadly as the original. At a time when unintentional gun deaths among minors has risen sharply in the United States – 30 percent more cases were counted last year – the block design of the pistol is badly received. As the “Washington Post” (paid article) reports, many express their displeasure, even their horror, on social media.

“If that’s true, it’s probably the most irresponsible modification of a weapon that I’ve seen in a long time,” said a participant in a weapons blog. “Perfect food for opponents of guns and certainly no help.” And Kristin Song, whose son accidentally shot himself in 2018, first believed it was a joke. “How can something like that be legal,” asks the mother, who advocates that gun owners with children have to lock their firearms away.

Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms Demand Action movement, called the design of the weapon “sick” and is certain that children could die as a result. And another comment is: “Making a real weapon look like a toy is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.”

“Children’s dream fulfilled”

Brandon Scott, President of Culper Precision, sees it differently. The design of the weapon is intended to “awaken the fun of shooting” in people. With Block 19, he wanted to fulfill his adult customers’ “childhood fantasy”. The press is focusing too much on the deaths from firearms anyway. He himself plays Lego at home with his three children, but locks up all his weapons and expects the same from every weapon owner. Activities such as motorcycling are much more dangerous – although according to the Washington Post in 2020 at least eight times as many people died from firearms in the USA than in the saddle of a motorbike.

Owning a weapon disguised as something else is banned in New York, but the state is an exception. Police experts are increasingly concerned about optically altered weapons. And the number of 4.6 million children who lived in households with at least one loaded and unlocked firearm in 2015 frightens many.

At Lego you are “not amused”

It remains to be seen whether the weapon will ever come onto the market as planned. Brandon Scott received an email from Lego earlier in the week asking him about the gun after a journalist asked people in charge of the toy giant. Although Scott didn’t use the word Lego anywhere on the gun, Lego was not fond of Block 19 and sent the gun designer an injunction. If Scott continues to offer the pistol, he is threatened with a lawsuit. Lego was “friendly but determined” – and also raised the question of “whether it was smart to make a weapon look like a toy”.

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