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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle 666

First time accepted submitter InfernoApple writes "Seth Horvitz, a Northeast D.C. resident, thought he had ordered a new high-definition television a few days ago through from a third-party merchant. When the package arrived yesterday, however, Horvitz opened the oddly shaped box to find something completely different. Instead of the flat-panel TV he had bought to enjoy with his wife, who is pregnant, Horvitz opened the long packaging to discover a Sig Sauer SIG716, a high-caliber, semi-automatic assault rifle capable of mowing down, well, just about anything."
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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

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  • by PrescriptionWarning ( 932687 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:28AM (#40931981)
    He obviously was buying the TV so that he could hoist it a few stories above the ground and kill whatever poor sucker stood under it when it drops. Amazon just knew him so well from his previous purchases that he'd rather just have a rifle!
    • Wow...a Sig...likely as not, that will be worth more than the TV...keep it and order another tv!!

      If he didn't want the rifle, he could likely resell it and make a profit. Isn't there the old rule, if you receive something in the mail that you didn't can keep it, etc?

      • by PrescriptionWarning ( 932687 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:36AM (#40932143)
        I could be wrong, but I think it may be illegal for someone in D.C. to own such guns, so he likely didn't want to take that chance on making a bit o' cash.
        • by Mr. Esterhouse ( 849759 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:51AM (#40932445)
          I'm pretty sure you can own semi-autos in DC. People get this confused a lot. A semi automatic gun is not an assault rifle, no matter how it looks. An assault rifle is a gun that fires more than one bullet with one pull of the trigger, i.e, machine guns. There may be a mag limit in D.C which would make it illegal if it shipped with a 30 Rd magazine. However, if he kept the gun and they found out he would have problems because guns, shipped via mail, need to be shipped to a FFL licensed dealer.
    • by sigxcpu ( 456479 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:50AM (#40932439)

      Besides, if someone gives you a rifle and you can't get yourself a brand new TV on your own, maybe you don't deserve one.

  • Oblig. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:28AM (#40931987)
  • No Maam (Score:5, Funny)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:28AM (#40931993)

    It's just a misunderstanding, officer. I ordered an issue of Big'uns!

  • Pregnant? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:28AM (#40931999)

    How is his wife's pregnancy relevant?

  • by freeze128 ( 544774 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:30AM (#40932023)
    "Yesterday, I got a gun for my wife." "Pretty good trade, don't you think?"
  • Interesting (Score:4, Funny)

    by TonyAldo ( 2702885 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:31AM (#40932059)
    I want to know what kind of retailer carries HDTVs and assault rifles? Maybe Best Buy should adopt this idea, TVs, guns and chicken!
    • Re:Interesting (Score:5, Insightful)

      by The Moof ( 859402 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:36AM (#40932137)

      I want to know what kind of retailer carries HDTVs and assault rifles?


  • Sweet! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:32AM (#40932065)

    Somewhere, deep in the desert, a hidden meth lab got a nice new TV.

  • I would use it... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:32AM (#40932079) shoot all the execs and writers that produce the shit that would have displayed on his tv.
  • Not an assault rifle (Score:5, Informative)

    by j. andrew rogers ( 774820 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:39AM (#40932193)

    The SIG716 is not an "assault rifle" and you won't be "mowing" anything down with it. It is a conventional semi-automatic rifle that can be legally owned just about everywhere. Also, it is in a large caliber that makes it better suited for hunting than for rapid fire.

    If the guy had been shipped a functionally equivalent hunting rifle with a classic wood stock there would not be as many ninnies getting the vapors over it. Unless Amazon has never made a shipping error before, this is a non-story.

    • by Trepidity ( 597 )

      SIG seems to market it [] as a "patrol rifle". I don't think they're positioning it as a hunting rifle, although I suppose you could hunt with it anyway.

      • by poity ( 465672 )

        Yes, and iPods are magical, and coal is clean. Slashdotters laugh at those marketing claims, yet here we are taking this one seriously.

      • I have found that functionality there isn't much difference between a hunting rifle and the evil scary looking assault weapon or sniper rifle. If it has reasonable accuracy for the distance you are hunting and shoots a properly sized and powerful round it will work. All of my firearms are military ones and they work well for hunting. My shotgun is a Mossberg 12 gauge (pump action same one used by the US military), my first hunting rifle is a Romanian SKS (still have it) and my preferred big game rifle is a
    • The SIG716 is not an "assault rifle" and you won't be "mowing" anything down with it. It is a conventional semi-automatic rifle that can be legally owned just about everywhere. Also, it is in a large caliber that makes it better suited for hunting than for rapid fire.

      Everywhere perhaps, with exceptions including the District of Columbia, where the guy lives. He couldn't even transport it to a UPS store for return without committing a felony. That's why he called the police, who luckily for him, just took it into custody and didn't arrest him.

  • by uslurper ( 459546 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:41AM (#40932249)


  • by macwhizkid ( 864124 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:43AM (#40932283)

    A border patrol vigilante is busy trying to figure out how to load a magazine clip into his assault rifle flatscreen.

  • by Raxxon ( 6291 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:43AM (#40932287)

    Can someone tell me which make/model of TV he ordered and if it was cheaper than that 716?

    I have a friend that owns the 516 (5.56 version of the gun instead of the 7.62) and it's a nice chunk of hardware...

  • Wat (Score:5, Funny)

    by Snodgrass ( 446409 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:48AM (#40932405) Homepage

    Is that article originally from the Onion?

    Geez, they're just lucky that they're still alive. That very big gun, capable of mowing down, well...just about anything, could have leapt out that box and killed her unborn child!

    I mean, unloaded guns, still in packaging, have killed untold numbers of unsuspecting hipsters.

  • by Urban Garlic ( 447282 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @11:52AM (#40932463)

    This story was on the local Washington DC NPR affiliate yesterday, and they did a much better job describing the problem -- it was quite obviously a UPS bungle, underneath the address sticker on the package, there was *another* address sticker, with the address of a gun shop in Maryland, which confirmed that they had indeed ordered this thing, and were waiting for it. Amazon doesn't appear to have done anything wrong in this case.

    The part that I thought NPR did poorly was, both they and the guy who was the subject of the story kept going on about how dangerous the situation was, and I thought that was kind of over-blown. It was left on his porch for a while, which put it at risk for theft, but the gun was, as far as I can tell, not loaded, and there was no suitable ammunition anywhere around. So, it seems to me that, practically speaking, it was no more or less dangerous than a similarly-sized shovel or crowbar, independently of the presence of pregnant women and other vulnerable people.

    When someone shows up with the right ammo, *then* it's dangerous. But not before.

    • by krotkruton ( 967718 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @12:23PM (#40932945)
      As soon as I saw "pregnant" wife, my sensationalism alarms went off. I get that they don't have a gun safe, but I'm pretty sure the fetus won't be able to do much. Then I see all the stuff about Amazon and how he ordered a TV, and I'm wondering what Amazon has to do with it. Since when did Amazon start selling assault rifles and shipping them through the mail? Oh wait, they don't. Amazon has nothing to do with the story, but it sure sounds a lot better when you can imagine ordering a new toy for your kids only to have them open up a "Bag O' Glass" because Amazon messed up the order.
  • WTB Better Summary (Score:3, Informative)

    by dywolf ( 2673597 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @12:10PM (#40932755)

    Preferably one written by someone at least knowledgeable about guns. It's neither high caliber, nor capable of "mowing down just about anything".

    It's gas-powered semi-automatic: One trigger pull, one round.

    It's 7.62x51mm NATO, which is nearly (but not exactly) identical the .308 Winchester it's based on. It could be potentially classed as high-power (the .308 being a hunting round), but it is not high caliber.

    It features the so-called "scary assault rifle look", particularly since it uses the popular modular rail mounting for components and accessories using with a common attachment design. But then there is no law that all rifles must look like grandpappy's squirrel gun, or be "not scary looking".

    As for "mowing down", that's hyperbole. Any weapon is capable of such a thing if misused, be it a knife, gun, car, or simple bottle of Chlorine gas from your local pool.

  • by akerasi ( 1076913 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @12:14PM (#40932819)
    Well, I bought one of these, and let's just say I was... surprised at what I received. It didn't have Netflix on it, nor did it connect to my cable line or my Roku box. When I called the support number, they told me to make it work, I needed to load it with ammunition and depress the button, which they referred to as a "trigger".

    The bass was really loud; I thought I blew the speakers, but when I tried again, it was still as loud. It was at that point that I noticed the large, gaping holes in my wall. Within a few minutes, police had arrived at my house, to ask if anything was wrong. I informed them that my television was malfunctioning, and they seemed to decide I was a lunatic and drove away. When I tried to RMA it, the man on the other end of the support line laughed at me and hung up.

    Would not buy again.

  • by cvtan ( 752695 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @12:44PM (#40933251)
    for a TV, so they sent him a rifle.
  • by night_flyer ( 453866 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @12:54PM (#40933401) Homepage

    ... it ain't an ASSAULT RIFLE!

  • by sgunhouse ( 1050564 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @01:09PM (#40933619)

    If you read TFA, it looks like it was a mistake by UPS, so why even mention Amazon? (And Amazon doesn't allow listing of guns anyway.) The article says the box was addressed to a gun dealer in PA ... not an error by Amazon or the vendor, but by the shipper.

    Though I do wonder what was in the other box. The photo shows a big shipping box with the rifle box on top of it, there's still another box in the shipping box ...

  • by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @01:42PM (#40934195)
    Amazon doesn't sell guns unfortunately. Not real ones, anyway. I bought an AR15 a few weeks ago and would have liked to have bought from amazon so I could take advantage of my free shipping/prime account. I just rechecked, still no guns. I think it's more likely that the shipping company screwed up.
  • by Paracelcus ( 151056 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @01:52PM (#40934389) Journal



    This is a classic political BS story that would never have appeared if it was not in the wake of mass murders involving firearms!

  • Amazon? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by flimflammer ( 956759 ) on Thursday August 09, 2012 @02:41PM (#40935607)


    UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Ty Rogers, an Amazon spokesman, declined to say what the company is doing to remedy the situation.

    Why should Amazon have to do anything in the first place? This was a shipping error by UPS and has nothing to do with Amazon. Amazon wasn't even the one directly selling the TV, they just listed the page for one of their third party sellers. UPS should be the company to remedy the issue by getting the man his TV. I suspect the person the gun was intended for is eager to get his $2500 gun opposed to the $400 TV he likely got anyway.

"I shall expect a chemical cure for psychopathic behavior by 10 A.M. tomorrow, or I'll have your guts for spaghetti." -- a comic panel by Cotham