The Nintendo Glock: Cool and Fun, or Bad Idea?

photo from miculek.com

You may have seen photos of this custom Glock 41 Gen4 .45 ACP pistol painted with the color scheme of the old-school Nintendo Zapper light gun (the original one, not the later, mostly orange Zapper). And you may have scrolled through the comments and seen how upset some people are over “the gun made to look like a toy.”

Some have brought up the fact that the gun might violate existing copyrights, since it carries the Nintendo logo just like on the original game controller from the NES system.

Last week, pro shooter and speed-shooting legend Jerry Miculek did one of his amusing costume gun videos, where he dressed up like Mario and did some rapid fire drills with the Zapper Glock.

The comments revealed a range of reactions. One person who clearly remembers Duck Hunt very well said, “I want one. Maybe I can finally shoot that dog for laughing at me all those years.” (The game featured a dog that would pop up and laugh at you when you missed a shot. The dog could be shot, but nothing ever happened.)

Others were very upset: “This is not a good idea! All the trigger happy cops shooting kids with toy guns!!!! Just gonna give them a bigger, better excuse to murder innocent people!!! This should be removed from the page,” wrote someone else in all caps.

For those who are too young or old to remember: In 1985 the original Nintendo Entertainment System came with two controllers, a single game cartridge that held both Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt games, and the Nintendo Zapper light gun controller for the latter game. It worked just like an arcade game, but on your TV set. You pointed the zapper on the flying targets on the screen and pulled the red trigger to shoot. It was a “toy” gun that spent a lot of times in sweaty hands (and doubtlessly had to absorb the shock of a few solid, angry throws when the dog started laughing at the user for missing), so it's immediately nostalgic and natural for a lot of people in their 30s and 40s.

The original Nintendo Zapper light gun controller.

Note that this is not a production gun. It's a one-off custom gun made by Precision Syndicate, LLC which the statement in this story fromvg247.com clarifies:

“In light of the ‘Nintendo Glock’ drama, we feel that the media and our fans need to know that this firearm will not be mass produced, nor will it ever be. This is a one off custom build for a friend of ours. (Due) to the thousands of emails and message we have received in the past two days we have been unable to contact everyone in a timely manner, please be patient, we will get to you as soon as possible. Thank you all for your support! Oh, and please…keep your guns locked up and away from children, it’s common sense.”

Who remember this guy from Nintendo's "Duck Hunt."

Because Cerakoting and other types of gun coating technologies, custom paint jobs like this are fairly common. If the gun didn’t have the red accents and the Nintendo logo, it would just be a Glock with a duo-tone grey paintjob. It's interesting to note that there was not such a reaction when somebody made a version of Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster from a Mauser Broomhandle: