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Brick Shooting Shotgun Built From Lego By 15-Year-Old 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the knock-your-block-off dept.
Lanxon writes "A mildly terrifying young Brit named Jack Streat has managed to build a series of working guns, including a Lee Enfield bolt-action sniper rifle, entirely out of Lego and rubber bands, reports Wired. Streat, who lists himself as 15 years old on his profile, has constructed an enormous and diverse armory of weaponry that fire either rubber bands or Lego bricks. Most are based on real-life guns, including a Steyr AUG, a Tommygun, an AK-47, a belt-fed M429 PARA, an Arctic Warfare sniper rifle, a Glock 17, a pair of semi-automatic TEC-9s, a SPAS 12 pump-action shotgun and a minigun that he calls the Obliterator."

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Brick Shooting Shotgun Built From Lego By 15-Year-Old

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  • by Umuri (897961) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:41PM (#32539498)

    This kid rocks and is putting his brain to good use, doing things he finds interesting and fun.
    Pity the sensationalist article makes it sound bad.

    How many of you built cool things out of legos when you were kids just to see if you could make it work.

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      How many of you built cool things out of lego when you were kids just to see if you could make it work.

      Fixed that for you.
    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      That guy is only building guns. When I was younger I was building spaceships with laser canons!

    • This kid's got a future. Good design engineering there.

    • by fishexe (168879)

      How many of you built cool things out of legos when you were kids just to see if you could make it work.

      Well, I'm not sure any of the things I built were cool...even if I thought so when I was 10...

      • by sheph (955019)
        You might want to rethink your sig.

        In that segment, the Judge responded by talking about what the Constitution says, and O'Reilly said jocularly, approximately: "I don't care what the Constitution says. The Constitution is not HERE. I want to hear what YOU have to say about the issue. He was trying to force the judge to stop hiding behind the law.
        • by fishexe (168879)

          You might want to rethink your sig.

          No, thanks. I like it fine.

          In that segment, the Judge responded by talking about what the Constitution says,

          I am perfectly familiar with the segment. The thrust of O'Reilly's entire argument, not just that one line, was that the Constitution doesn't matter. Judge Napolitano was making the perfectly valid point that the Constitution guarantees people certain rights, and that the Constitution is a higher authority than his own say-so.

          and O'Reilly said jocularly, approximately: "I don't care what the Constitution says. The Constitution is not HERE. I want to hear what YOU have to say about the issue.

          I assume this is where you meant to terminate your quote. But you left out the line "You're here. Don't be a pinhead." which immediately follows "The Co

          • by sheph (955019)
            Well I'm familiar with the segment too, in fact I watched it at the time it aired. And I watched it again just now. I didn't see anger, it seemed like he was dismissive to me, as if to say "you know that's not the issue, so quit being stupid". That the constitution does not matter was not even close to the thrust of his argument. They're talking about a foriegn enemy combatant being given the same rights as a US Citizen. The constitution does not apply to him (hence why it isn't germain to the argument
            • by fishexe (168879)

              Well I'm familiar with the segment too, in fact I watched it at the time it aired. And I watched it again just now. I didn't see anger, it seemed like he was dismissive to me, as if to say "you know that's not the issue, so quit being stupid".

              Actually, the issue was whether the 9/11 attacks were an act of war or a criminal act, and O'Reilly was dodging the issue by trying to force Napolitano to talk about whether it was a terrorist act, which is REALLY not the issue because "terrorist act" is not a separate legal category but can fall under either, depending on the circumstances. O'Reilly knew he couldn't win the argument unless he bullied the guy into changing the subject, and that's exactly what he did.

              That the constitution does not matter was not even close to the thrust of his argument.

              And yet you proceed to argue in the foll

  • Soo... (Score:4, Funny)

    by frosty_tsm (933163) on Friday June 11, 2010 @04:16PM (#32542238)

    including a Steyr AUG, a Tommygun, an AK-47, a belt-fed M429 PARA, an Arctic Warfare sniper rifle, a Glock 17, a pair of semi-automatic TEC-9s, a SPAS 12 pump-action shotgun

    So... I take it he plays counter strike.

  • Ha... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by stms (1132653)
    And they say "kids are getten' stupider."
    • by couchslug (175151)

      Most kids, like most people, were and are stupid.
      The kid building mock firearms out of Legos is clearly not stupid, and has a wonderful grasp of how to construct mechanisms.

  • Superb! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by History's Coming To (1059484) on Friday June 11, 2010 @05:31PM (#32543366) Journal
    That young man has a great mechanical engineering career ahead of him :)
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Rod Beauvex (832040)
      Or a nice cell for being a terrorist.
      • by couchslug (175151)

        Or a nice military career, or a nice and profitable civilian career designing firearms.
        If he gets machine shop skills he can produce legal dummy weapons to hone his ability, or move to a (somewhat) freer country like the US where he can build actual weapons. If he gets citizenship and chooses to live in the right State, he can get licensed to build most anything he likes.

  • Oh! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Cyberllama (113628) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @12:07AM (#32554754)

    It shoots *lego* bricks. That makes more sense then.

  • Agreed (Score:5, Informative)

    by DaMattster (977781) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @02:31PM (#32558424)
    If you look at the kid's youtube channel, he states pretty clearly that he will not sell his instructions or any of the models. He even states that he breaks down the guns to reuse legos in other models. The press, as usual, is trying to whip up a fear storm.
    • WTF?! (agreeing with you.)

      These aren't even guns! They shoot rubber bands, not bullets!! They're basically this [rubberbandguns.com] -- a toy that's existed for ages -- except the kid built them out of legos! There's not even anything "responsible" (or irresponsible) about him "breaking down the 'guns;'" what on earth is an (oh no!) terrorist cell supposed to do with such a thing, play cops and robbers?!

      I really don't get it. As sensationalist headlines go, this one is pretty goddamn ridiculous. I'm pretty sure Barbie does

  • If someone gives this kid a Meccano set, I think he might take over the planet.

  • Does he need a special license for that?

    The video also should’ve read “Fire it” rather than “Shoot it”...

    Pedantry aside, that was extremely cool.

  • great stuff (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Lazy Jones (8403) on Monday June 14, 2010 @06:40PM (#32572846) Homepage Journal
    I take it after the great war he'll build us guns to kill the mutants with and ensure the survival of the human race!
  • Hope Lego give this kid a life time of free Legos

  • Yeah so pretty much legos are in trouble. I'm sure this is reason for panic at corporate.

    I notice there were alot of lego things in there that i never seen before, not that i played with them much growing up. Perhaps they will look into the key pieces that made these guns work and consider altering or ending production. Like starting with banning black pieces completely. They also need to add a warning label to every package sold: "Product could be used to build weapons."

    If this had been done in america

    • That should be, "Product could be used to build toy weapons".
    • Perhaps they will look into the key pieces that made these guns work and consider altering or ending production. Like starting with banning black pieces completely.

      what? Are you retarded? I know that RTFA is badly looked upon, but you could have learned a tad just by reading comments and not made such an asinine comment. Or do lego guns that shoot lego bricks really scare you? Gawd, I hope if you ever reproduce, that your male (male-ish if you have your way) will give you a fatal heart attack by shooting you with his barbie doll that he'll use as a pretend gun. Please at the very least be female.

      • by xmousex (661995)

        Extreme failure to comprehend cynical comments.

        Bonus points for the over reaction.

        • sorry, my bad, I guess. You were way too subtle for me and your (faked) reaction is unfortunately not entirely unexpected in certain segments of the population. As I posted though, your comment was a little late given all the previous comments clarifying what the kid had done. More blatant sarcasm was called for imho.
    • Good thing I never made a video of the Lego Guns I built as a kid.
      They were not elastic-propelled like this guy.
      You had to blow into a hole to blast the "bullets" out.
      I made semi-automatic, 3-round burst, and full-auto that looked like an Uzi.
      Me and my friends had "Lego wars" in the basement.
      My sister would come down for something and we greeted her with a hail of Lego bullets as she screamed back up the stairs.
      Afterwards we had a few cuts here and there but the walls had dents all over!
      We even smashed a li

  • It fires a single projectile (basically a Lego bullet) with each discharge, whereas a shotgun [wikipedia.org], by definition, discharges several projectiles which spread after leaving the barrel.

    Still wicked cool, though.
    • by vxice (1690200)
      "is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, OR A SOLID PROJECTILE CALLED A SLUG." If you read the rest of the first sentence from your reference you would notice that shotguns can fire single projectile.
      • by fishexe (168879)

        If you read the rest of the first sentence from your reference you would notice...

        Oh yeah. Heh. Good thing there's no reading test to post on /.

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