Ever see a “Flute Gun”?

This is a new one on us. It’s a little old — it was turned in during a gun turn in (which they did not, mercifully, refer to as a “buy back”) in Tampa, Florida in February, 2013, making it practically matchlock-era by blog standards, but it’s new to us.

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Yep, that’s exactly what it looks like — a .22 bolt rifle built into a flute. It looks like an unfinished project, but the details are completely unknown.

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Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull was not available for comment. Naturally, the press fixated on the flute gun and two inert, fired AT weapons, an M72 LAW and an AT-4, to the exclusion of interesting weapons — including one far more deadly than any of these, at least, potentially.

Two rocket launchers and a flute fashioned into a gun were among the weapons turned into the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Gun Swap program on Saturday. A total of 2,541 weapons were exchanged for $75 and tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays home game at five locations throughout the county.

via Rocket launchers, ‘flute gun’ among weapons turned in at gun buyback | wtsp.com.

Here’s a close-up of the muzzle area, where it looks like two flutes were grafted together to make the needed length. Or maybe that’s where a flute takes down. We’re guitar guys, we don’t pretend to know boo about flutes.

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In all their fright over the flute gun and the harmless-but-scary-looking “rocket launchers,” the media ignored the heavy quantities of sawn-off shotguns in the turn-ins, and they missed the gun in the background here.

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Yeah, if you go past the Jennings pistol and the flute gun, and past the crude sawn-offs, that’s a Browning AN/M2 or M3 aircraft machine gun. It looks like an M2 to us, because the buffer is not the full width of the back plate (the dead give-away of the M3 is that huge buffer). Either way, that;s 1,000 to 1,200 RPM of 12.7×99 mm coming at you right there. (Of course, it looks to be in $#!+ state, maybe from a crash site).

The guns from the turn-in were sent to Jacksonville to be torched (which may add more costs). The leadership of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office opposes the private ownership of firearms, which is why they dropped $200k buying these odd guns, and a lot of armed robbers’ older sawn-off shotguns. Your tax (and forfeiture) money in action.

The $200k expenditure (so far) against a $60k budget tells you a lot about the fiscal management and overall priorities of the HCSO.

4 thoughts on “Ever see a “Flute Gun”?

  1. Bill K

    I thought the really high-quality flutes were made of silver. I’d want to know before I torched that particular one.

  2. Miles

    I don’t know hognose. Having some other guns in the picture at least gives us something to compare length/width/height. The width of the barrel shroud (that thing that goes up, or so it’s said) length of the feed opening on that Browning, as well as the ejection port seem mighty small for a .50, and the barrel support doesn’t look like any .50 I’ve ever seen for that matter as well.

    It could be some modification I’ve never laid eyes on, but methinks it’s an AN/M2 alright, but a .30, not a .50.

    Still something to be in awe of as the air version ran in the 1000 – 1200 rpm range.

  3. Aesop

    More to the point, it’s an egregious musical faux pas to put percussion and wind instruments in the same section of the orchestra.
    And that thing’d play Hell with whoever’s sitting in Second Chair, not to mention the case of St. Vitus Dance the hot brass will start when .22 cases start spinning into collars and decolletage.

    So it gets thumbs down from both Ruger and Mozart.

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