You know those insert grenades you sometimes see at militaria collector tables at gun shows? Well, it looks like the Chicago politicians are willing to pay handsomely for them:

In announcing the early results and encouraging others to take part in the day-long event, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis announced that 1,335 guns were turned in during the first half hour, including what looked like two hand grenades.

“What are we doing with hand grenades in Chicago?” Weis asked, incredulous.

Bomb and arson investigators determined the two real-looking grenades were inert, said Officer Daniel O’Brien of Police News Affairs. “They’re not capable of exploding,” O’Brien said.

I’m pretty sure the profit margin was pretty hefty on those. Something to keep in mind next time there’s a buyback.

10 thoughts on “Grenades!”

  1. Did they have the “for complaints, take a number” grenade with the number tied to the pin? Cheesy, but I always get a kick out of those.

    Thinking about it, one of those would be a good gift for Joe Huffman

  2. Ever since I’ve read “Zips, Pipes and Pens: Arsenal of Improvised Weapons”, I’ve been had a small “quick-rich scheme” in my head: whenever a gun buyback occurs, take a metal-framed toddler bed, cut it up and make a dozen zip guns, and then sell them at a gun buy-back for their heavy bounty.

    Of course, I live in Utah, so the chances of having a gun buy-back to try this on is almost zero :-).

    That book is interesting in other ways, too: it points out that even in prisons, gun control *doesn’t work*. Prisons have to periodically search through inmate belongings to confiscate guns, many of which are zip guns, but some of which have been smuggled in–but some of which were made in the *prison machine shop* itself. Reading this took me by surprise enough that I’ve been trying to imagine a prison where, rather than try to keep guns out of the inmates hands, they are given the option of bringing their favorite pistol with them, or given a gun (and the training to use it) if they don’t have one already.

    I have no idea how guards would work in such a system, or if there would be any guards beyond those outside, making sure no one escapes until it’s time for them to leave!

  3. @Alpheus – Except making zip guns is illegal in a lot of places.

    A better option would be to order some U-Fix-Ems or other garbage guns.

    At $100 (give or take) for a gun, I’d like to stand outside offering cash. I could use a few extra shotguns or AK’s at those prices. Hell at $10 for an air rifle my nephew could have an awesome birthday this year.

  4. I’ve several safe queens that I’ve held on to just waiting for DC or Montgomery Co., MD to hold a “buy back.” Easy money for more ammo for my guns that do work.

  5. ““What are we doing with hand grenades in Chicago?” Weis asked, incredulous.” Well, according to a guy on the Chicago bomb squad, in a book I read a few years ago, the gang-bangers like to buy them from the illegal weapons dealers and throw them at each other.

    Looks like their laws are working just as well at keeping HE out of the gangs hands just as well as it is guns.

  6. “You know those insert grenades…”

    Insert grenades? At first I thought you were talking about spigot type rifle grenades. Then I realized you were talking about ‘inert grenades’, more commonly referred to as dummy hand grenades.

    No big deal. I have a writer friend who has the most amazing habit of continually misspelling words which end up as correctly spelled wrong words. It’s pretty funny.

  7. It came as no surprise to me that the hand grenades turned in during this Chicago gun buyback turned out to be inert.

    I can remember a time back when every army navy surplus store sold inert MKII hand grenades, aka “pineapple” grenades, for relatively low prices. They were painted sky blue, just like all the other types of inert munitions were. These inert MKII’s had big holes drilled out of the grenade body’s bottom, and the fuse assembles were de-milled. The army navy surplus stores also had these cast iron solid one-piece “practice” grenades that were shaped like MKII’s, which looked a lot less realistic than the blue de-milled MKII’s. Both of these types of army navy store hand grenade are only capable of harming somebody if they are used as a blunt-object striking weapon, but a small rock or a brick would be about the equivalent of this.

    Anyway, all of these dummy hand grenades from the army navy stores are only scary to libtard ignoramuses like this Chicago cop named Jody Weis. He’s a dummy himself for wanting to be quoted by the media hysterically asking about militaria curios as if they are actual military ordnance. Somebody ought to tell Jody Weis the Chicago cop that it’s a heck of a lot easier to build a small pipe bomb than to re-arm an inert hand grenade anyway. Jody Weis the Chicago cop can go ask the famous longtime Chicago resident, former domestic terrorist, and Obama ghostwriter Bill Ayers if he needs to hear this from somebody with a vast amount of prior experience on building pipe bombs and deploying them against government and police properties.

    If the gang bangers of Chicago want to start wielding hand grenades, then they’re going to get the real McKoy’s, and they won’t be needing to visit any gun shows or army navy surplus stores for this, either. They’ll get them through their well-armed drug suppliers in Mexico instead. Wait, who are we kidding here? The street gangs of Chicago probably have quite a few live hand grenades smuggled in from Mexico already, among other military hardware.

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