When was the last time you pulled out a pistol to whisk your eggs or turn off your alarm clock? How about to lather your frankfurters and burgers with your favorite condiment? The answer is probably never – but now, thanks to these 15 novelty gun-themed gadgets, you can. Even some of the world’s top designers are turning to pistols for inspiration, so jump on the bandwagon and join us as we present 15 of the coolest gadgets made to look like guns.
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15. Lighter Gun With Mounted Laser Pointer
It may not fire bullets, but this machine gun-shaped butane lighter with a mounted scope that serves as a laser pointer could still kill you – if a little more slowly than a real firearm. Perhaps designed for smokers who like to annoy people with laser beams as well as their fumes, the gadget received some negative reviews online. Still, with the right market, it’s bound to be a hit. Imagine the look of terror on your friend’s face when you reach into your pocket, pull out your mini silver machine gun, point it at the end of their cigarette, and pull the trigger. Just don’t shine the laser pointer at the same time.
14. Jerdon Magnum Hairdryer
Ever have one of those days when you feel like your frizzy hair is killing you softly? You don’t need to be a gunslinger in the Wild West to appreciate this functional vintage hairdryer shaped like a .357 Magnum; just a girl (or boy) looking to tame your mane. Interestingly, this cool-looking beauty gadget, which was made by Jerdon in 1981, has some Hollywood pedigree: it appeared in 1988 comedy sequel Caddyshack II and 1993 Aussie comedy Reckless Kelly. You’ll crack your friends up when you pull this beauty out of its holster and point it at your tresses; only make sure you get permission before aiming it at their hairdos. The novelty hairdryer is available from Dewy Morning Vintage on Etsy.com for approximately $487.60.
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13. Aimat Gun Camera
Don’t worry if someone points this gun towards their head and pulls the trigger: they’re probably just taking a selfie. German design student Franziska Dierschke put simple pinhole cameras in colorful guns to create a fun new way to “shoot” pics. And while you’ll almost certainly get a better photo using your cell phone camera, the Aimat is still a very cool toy and way more original. Dierschke encouraged visitors to 2007’s DesignMai Youngster exhibition in Kreuzberg, Berlin to take photos with her guns and displayed the images on a large screen.
12. Hand-Held Gun Fan
This is one gun that won’t draw gasps of horror when you pull it out in a cramped and sweltering subway car. However, it may inspire pained looks of jealousy as you pull the trigger and proceed to blow your hair back. Sure to inspire clichés like, “Freeze… punk,” this handy portable fan takes two AA batteries and weighs a slight 4.72 ounces thanks to its plastic design. The Gun Fan is also perfect for sweaty offices, music festivals and stuck elevators, and because the blades are bendable and made out of plastic, it’s great for cooling down overheated kids as well.
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11. Ted Noten Make-up Cases
Talk about killer style. Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten created these handy gun-shaped make-up cases for Dior and Chanel. The Chanel version is classic black, while its Dior counterpart comes in chic white. Open up the compartments to find everything a girl about town needs, including lip-gloss, a hairpin and a USB flash drive. The Chanel case also contains perfume, a toothpick, some gold (why not?) and a Viagra tablet, while the Dior one has a lump of silver and a selection of pills. The provocative pieces were displayed at New York’s Ornamentum gallery as part of the 2011 Design Miami / Basel fair.
10. Condiment Gun
Instead of loading your gun with silly old bullets, you can now use the two refillable cartridges that come with the nifty Condiment Gun to shoot ketchup and mustard (or barbecue sauce – your choice) with precision. All you have to do is get ready, aim and fire at your hamburger, hot dog or fries for the ultimate targeted tasty experience. Pull this out at your next barbecue and you’re sure to command the attention of all your guests – except rather than packing heat, you’re packing the special sauce to make any fun meal complete. This unique food tool is available from Amazon for as little as $15.40.
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9. GUNS Bedside – Philippe Starck
This sleek, sexy lamp ensures that a gun is never out of reach – even while you sleep. Created by prominent French designer Philippe Starck for innovative and stylish lighting company Flos, the GUNS Bedside lamp comes in reflective 18 karat gold and chrome, ensuring it suits any bedroom color scheme. Starck has also designed some of America’s most fabulous hotel hotspots, like the Delano in Miami and the Mondrian in Los Angeles, and in 1983 he decorated then-French President François Mitterrand’s private residence. At $1,095, this is the perfect gift for that stylish gun fetishist in your life.
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8. Handgun USB Drive
This handy gun-themed gadget should help you stop losing those tiny USB drives you’re sure you threw into your computer bag. In fact, you’ll never want to let go of this kitschy handgun USB device, period. Simply separate the top half of the gun from the grip to reveal the ultra-fast plug and play 8GB USB 2.0 drive, which fits directly into any standard USB port. This fun gadget is so convincing, one reviewer complained that they were nearly suspended after they took it to school. Get yours from Amazon for $11 and keep a handle on your work.
7. Doryu 2-16 Pistol Movie Camera
In a world of hybrids, this video camera-gun amalgam brings new meaning to the saying “point and shoot.” Created by Japanese company Doryu and released in 1954, the useful device is that simple: point and shoot. Only instead of firing ammunition, the trigger activates a 16-millimeter film camera that uses a 25-millimeter Nikkor lens and features six bullet-sized flash bulbs – also trigger-activated – stored in the magazine. The device was originally intended for Japanese police officers, but the cops favored the competing Mamiya Pistol, and the Doryu 2-16 was subsequently sold to the public. These rare devices were made until 1956, and if you ever get your hands on one, be warned that it probably won’t make the best tourist camera and is likely to get you in heaps of trouble with airport security.
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6. Garden Gun 5.1
We love the fact that this concept, “Garden Gun 5.1,” gives life rather than taking it away. The gun was conceived as part of the Design Reaktor Berlin project at the Berlin University of Arts. Said project aims to come up with innovative industrial design ideas by pairing students’ creative abilities with small- to medium-size firms. In lieu of firing bullets, this orange pistol-shaped attachment fits on to most garden hoses like a high-powered water pistol, turning a routine and mundane task like watering the plants into a fun activity. Watch those tomatoes and rose bushes flourish as your aim improves.
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5. Drill Gun Power Screwdriver
Toss away your handyman’s phone number and be your own hired gun with the rechargeable Drill Gun Power Screwdriver. It’s the perfect way to harness the combined enthusiasm of gun lovers and DIY masters to create as opposed to destroy. Just load up any of the six different-sized drill bits, point the gun directly at the desired spot, and pull the trigger – it’s that simple. This dependable revolver-shaped product will bring new firepower to your power tool arsenal, and it’s available from the Gadgets and Guns website for $38.95.
4. Big Gun Brush
Do you want to feel like Dirty Harry when you’re dusting? How would you like to stare down the barrel of a gun when you’re sweeping up bits of eraser? Well then, the Big Gun Brush by Japanese company Subswitch is just the ticket. This gun-shaped novelty brush will remove lint from your clothes and sweep dust from in between the gaps of your keyboard as quick as a flash. The sturdy gadget is built of wood and boasts a matte look – and instead of firing bullets, dust-busting red bristles are all the ammo it needs. Subswitch also sells gun hooks, a gun mirror and a purse shaped like a hand grenade.
3. Gun O’Clock Alarm Clock
Designed by Japanese company Bandai, this Gun O’Clock alarm clock isn’t just geektastic; it also helps address the age-old concern of how successful your alarm clock really is at waking you up. Sure, the alarm can buzz, ring or play a song, but let’s be honest – that doesn’t always get you out of bed, does it? In order to turn this alarm off, you have to put a little effort and skill into it – and first thing in the morning. Simply point the plastic toy pistol and shoot the target that flips up above the alarm clock. The clock comes with three pre-programmed games to mix it up. And if white isn’t your thing, it can also be purchased in warfare-ready camouflage. Pick it up from the USBGeek website for $29.99.
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2. Retractable Dog Snap Leash
Unfortunately, this retractable dog-snap leash by Moscow-based Art. Lebedev Studio is still a concept piece – which might please some animal lovers. While this gadget may not be as playful as some of the other gun-themed gadgets on this list, it is one of the most aesthetically intriguing – if slightly controversial. The gun-shaped handle fits snugly in the palm of your hand, and the leash retracts when you pull the trigger. You’d certainly attract a lot of attention if you took your pooch for a walk using this novelty leash; we just hope it would be the right kind of attention.
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1. Gun Whisk
The Gun Whisk by Fizz Creations is another fun, gun-themed novelty device that makes a tedious task fun. Now you can whisk up a storm with precision, pretending you’re taking on evil lumps as you smooth and froth your mixtures to perfection. Powered by two AAA batteries, the Gun Whisk can also be used to add froth to hot drinks and to your favorite desserts. You’ll attack your recipes with guns blazing, and the final product should “blow your dinner guests away,” just as the package promises.