Looking closely at this image of the weapon used, it appears to me to be a couple of pipes taped to a board and what seems to be some sort of electronic ignition source. Wires underneath leading into the end caps, and what may be a battery mounted underneath.
Can this even be technically defined as a gun, or an open ended pipe bomb? I don’t know.
Remington had a rifle with electronic ignition a few decades ago. It required special ammunition to match.
Etronics or something.
It doesn’t surprise me that a homemade firearm in Japan used electronic ignition instead of mechanical ignition.
only goes to show, where there is a will, there is a way.
Another data point that proves evil intent will have its way without regard to laws that only serve to disarm the righteous.
I would consider this a firearm. Looks like a simple homemade muzzle loader but with an electric ignition system instead of a percussion cap or flint lock.
Goes to show you that outlawing guns won’t stop murderers. They will just get or make their firearms illegally or resort to other methods.
My question is how did this guy conceal this thing well enough to get close enough to Abe to actually hit him with it?
In most places, you could carry a cannon and no one would give you a second look. I think this might be especially true in a place like Japan where almost no one owns a gun, let alone a handgun.
Based on the images it looks like the shoulder strap the gun was attached to also had a blue sack attached before he was tackled. Suspect his homemade weapon was inside or behind the sack and it looked like a typical shoulder bag.
Being a former government official I suspect the security detail and measures were not extensive.
RE: pic supplied by @Gary263 Looks like a mag was used as a grip, notice the arc.
My bets are 100% homemade with zero production parts. Probably not even loaded with cartridges.
Not if it was electronically fired. Probably gunpowder and something like a ball bearing. They’ll most likely never reveal too many details so other wannabes don’t try to copy it.
However, I’m sure we smarter-than-average gun owners could easily figure it out.
Possibly, but mags are probably just as hard to come across in Japan as guns. Could be just another piece of wood covered in duct tape. Definitely not a Hogue.
I couldn’t even see smoke in the video I watched.
Black powder could be scavenged from fireworks.
In the full size photo you can see it was not attached to a shoulder strap. The black strap you see was just the strap for his backpack.
Here’s the full photo. The security person seems to be carrying a small subcompact or maybe a small revolver. He didn’t even draw it. Funnily enough his holster also seems to be held together with tape. Must be a Japan thing.
By the way the photo credit is Nara Shimbun/Kyodo News via AP. Don’t wanna get in trouble for using it.
Thanks for the clearer image. Haven’t watched any of the videos but assume he pulled it out of his pack?
Looks like only a couple of guards were somewhat nearby and the area wasn’t blocked off. Think it would be hard to stop a person who didn’t mind getting caught given those conditions. Unless the guards were being very vigilant and responding aggressively to anyone who approached.
Can’t say I disagree with you @Barry54 , An AR mag would be as hard to get as any real gun parts. Just has a very recognizable arc. The video I saw showed smoke. But we all know how inaccurate early release news clips can be.
Smokeless powder, too, which is not actually smokeless, just less so compared to gun powder (aka black powder).
Strictly speaking, in the U.S., a firearm is “any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive” (18 U.S.C., § 921(a)(3)). So technically, yes. At least here anyway.