By David Helwig
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
There's no sign, just the door you see in our photo, tucked in behind a heating and cooling business at 562 East Spruce Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
But in 1,000 square feet of leased space inside, SooToday.com today located the world headquarters of Stinger Manufacturing Corp., a venture that's drawing considerable attention from the U.S. gun-control lobby and others concerned about international terrorism.
To see what they make in this hole-in-the-wall factory, please click here.
A .22 calibre pen, perfectly legal in the U.S.
It looks just like a pen, right?
But if you read the fine print on the inside of the display case, it reads "the pen that is mightier than a sword."
Indeed. Fold the Stinger Pen Gun in half, like this, and it becomes a pistol that fires a .22 calibre bullet.
Stinger offers these potentially lethal weapons with a suggested retail price of US$250.
And don't worry about needing one of those complicated background checks usually required by the National Firearms Act (NFA) when you buy so-called 'gadget' weaponry.
Yes, you'll need a background check.
But the Stinger Pen Gun fits neatly into a legal loophole that allows anyone to buy one in the U.S. without the added hassles of a super-detailed NFA background check, which can take months.
Concerned about the accuracy of such a tiny pistol?
The Stinger Manufacturing Corp. has anticipated that concern and advises that it will soon make available an 18-inch barrel-extension kit that allows its pen gun to be used as a sniper rifle..
The company is also working on versions of the weapon that fire other calibres, including this .38 calibre model.
They also advise that a heart dagger attachment will soon be available, should you have ever have need of such a thing.
And if you have US$375 to spare, this innovative local manufacturer also offers a Stinger Knife Gun, handily concealed into what otherwise looks like an ordinary jacknife.
Advertising for Stinger's 'undercover' weaponry seems largely targeted at two groups: off-duty police officers and collectors of unusual firearms. To see a sample ad, please click here.
To find out what law enforcement officials and a Washington-based gun-control lobby think of Stinger's product line, please click on this.