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Real handgun made to look like Nintendo Zapper (update)

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A custom firearms manufacturer in Texas modded up a Glock handgun to resemble a Nintendo Zapper, the light gun that shipped with millions of Nintendo Entertainment Systems in the 1980s.

"We weren't the first to do it, but WOW, this glock turned out good," Precision Syndicate of Midland, Texas posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday. The photos showcase a gun bearing the Zapper's signature two-tone color scheme with red accents, and a Nintendo Zapper logo along the barrel.

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It's fair to say the reaction in the Facebook comments is mixed.

Some cracked jokes and asked about the model's availability. Others decried mixing a toy with an actual firearm as tasteless, if not dangerous. Still others said the Zapper itself is so old, and the gun obviously intended for collectors, that it poses no reasonable harm risk.

"I am all for gun rights," said one commenter, "but I certainly hope this one is going in a case somewhere for display only."

Update: Precision Syndicate issued the following statement on its Facebook page this evening, in light of the controversy their mod has attracted:

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. Do to the thousands of emails and messages we have received in the past 2 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.

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