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A photo which has circulated online for several years shows a hybrid rifle nail gun, which can supposedly circumvent gun control laws and regulations. Is this gun real or fake?

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IT IS JUST A REGULAR GUN WITH DEWALT PARTS ATTACHED TO IT.

First, let’s take a look at what has been claimed about this image:

Dewalt’s answer to home protection that doesn’t require a registration or license. This nail gun can shoot a 16-D nail through a 2×4 at 200 yards and in case of a home invasion well you can NAIL THEIR ASS to the wall. I’m not saying it wont kill the perp but they wont get away. You can also help build a friends fence 2 blocks away while sitting in your front lawn. This is truly how you adapt and overcome so Thanks Dewalt.

When the graphic originally circulated several years ago, a link was included with the photo to a site that didn’t sell guns, but Army Infantry-related clothing and jewelry. By 2014, the graphic was circulated without the link.

ORIGIN

The photo actually depicts a creation by a man named David Wiggins. It is merely a standard rifle with some DeWALT parts attached purely for aesthetic reasons.  DeWALT has nothing to do with the gun in the photo.

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It is a customized gun, and does not function as a power tool of any kind. It fires bullets, not nails. The photo was originally posted back in 2008, but gained notoriety in the wake of current gun control debate in the news. Read more, and see more photos here.

According to the article, Mr. Wiggins was inspired by a similar rifle back in 2003.

HISTORY

As you can see from the Google Trends chart below, interest in this image has had several surges over the past two years, with the first significant peak coming in January 2013.

BOTTOM LINE

The “DeWALT Nail Gun Rifle” is a regular gun with DeWALT parts attached to it. It does not show a high-powered nail gun which was created to circumvent gun ownership restrictions.

The gun is a one-of-a-kind creation by a man who first posted a photo of it back in 2008.

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