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Zip Gun

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real Zip gun made out of pipe parts (single shot)
real Zip gun made out of plumbing parts (single shot .22 short loaded by disassembly)

Zip Guns are makeshift firearms that are made out of materials on hand to the characters. They are not professionally finished custom firearms from someone with machining and manufacturing experience but are usually crude, single shot home built firearms. They are not an Assassination Device since those are firearms designed to be disguised as 'non firearm items' such as lipstick cases, belt buckles, cigarette cases, nor are they professionally crafted "one-off" firearms (like 007's Golden Gun). Zip guns are a common term for crude homemade guns.

Note: not to be confused with the commercially available USFA ZiP .22.

The Zip Gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Urgent... Secret... Gubcheka (Srochno... sekretno... Gubcheka) Found in May Zhuravlyov's belongins; Pipe mounted onto wooden grip 1982
Death Wish 3 Joseph Gonzalez Rodriguez Tube firing shotgun shells 1985
Death Warrant Abdul Salaam El Razzac "Priest" Pipe with wooden pistol grip and firing pin in endcap 1990
Brother 2 (Brat 2) Sergei Bodrov Jr. Danila Bagrov "podzhiga" 2000
Munich Eric Bana Avner Single tube with pin striker on end 2005
Daniel Craig Steve
Hanns Zischler Hans
A Good Day to Die Hard Jai Courtney Jack Pipe made, four-round 2013
Rekorder Street kid 2013
Kite Samuel L. Jackson Lieutenant Karl Aker Pipe-made double barreled shotgun 2014
Lionel Newton Otis Breedlove
India Eisley Sawa
Demons (Besy) Andrey Shchipanov Kirillov Pipe mounted onto wooden grip 2014
Nina Loshchinina Erkel
Evgeni Tkachuk Verkhovensky
Neomanila Timothy Castillo Toto 2017
Jess Mendoza Dugo
BuyBust Barangay Gracia ni Maria resident 2018
Revolution+1 Soran Tamoto Tatsuya Kawakami Shinzo Abe assassination gun 2022


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Unit - Season 4 Dennis Haysbert Jonas Blane "The Conduit" (S4E04), made with carrying handles for their wheelie bags 2008-2009
Scott Foley Bob Brown
Burn Notice - Season 5 Jeffrey Donovan Michael "Army of One" (S5E10), Pipe made 2011
Reef Break Vince Colosimo Mister Pink aka James Rogers Custom Zip gun made from piston parts (S1E012) "Prisonbreak" 2019
Poppy Montgomery Cat Chambers
Sweet Home - Season 1 Kim Sang-ho Han Du-sik 2020

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout 2 Zip Gun, Pipe Rifle 10mm. Pipe mounted onto wooden grip. Pistol version ("Zip Gun") is unused and has no appearance assigned. 1998

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