The DeWALT Nail Gun Rifle: Real or Hoax?

The DeWALT Nail Gun Rifle: Real or Hoax?

A photo circulating online shows a hybrid rifle nail gun, which can supposedly circumvent gun control laws and regulations. Is this gun real or fake?

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It is just a regular gun with DeWALT parts attached to it.

First, let’s take a look at what’s being claimed about this image:

Dewalt’s answer to home protection that doesn’t require a registration or license. This nail gun can shoot a 16-D nail through a 2×4 at 200 yards and in case of a home invasion well you can NAIL THEIR ASS to the wall. I’m not saying it wont kill the perp but they wont get away. You can also help build a friends fence 2 blocks away while sitting in your front lawn. This is truly how you adapt and overcome so Thanks Dewalt.

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When the graphic originally circulated several years ago, a link was included with the photo to a site that didn’t sell guns, but Army Infantry-related clothing and jewelry. In 2014, the graphic is often circulated without the link.


The photo actually depicts a creation by a man named David Wiggins. It is merely a standard rifle with some DeWALT parts attached purely for aesthetic reasons.  DeWALT has nothing to do with the gun in the photo.

It is a customized gun, and not a power tool of any kind. It fires bullets, not nails. The photo was originally posted back in 2008, but has gained notoriety in the wake of current gun control debate in the news. Read more, and see more photos here.

This is not a nail gun.

According to the article, Mr. Wiggins was inspired by a similar rifle back in 2003.


As you can see from the Google Trends chart below, interest in this image has had several surges over the past two years, with the first significant peak coming in January 2013.

Bottom Line

The “DeWALT Nail Gun Rifle” is a regular gun with DeWALT parts attached to it. It does not show a high-powered nail gun which was created to circumvent gun ownership restrictions.

Updated December 1, 2014
Originally published January 2013

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View Comments (35)


  1. Johnny 5

    December 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Lot of people brag about using nail guns, but do you guys actually use them? Nails spin when they are fired in open air, not the spin that adds to accuracy like in a rifle bore, but the sideways tumble that means the nail will likely hit you on its flat than on it’s point. Also if you hold back the safety and fire into a 2×4 the nail will barely tack itself because of the massive pressure loss once it leaves the gun.

  2. John Abrahamsen

    October 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Nail guns actually use the case, primer and powder portion of a .22 caliber cartridge. So, in a way they are very much like real firearms. This is a tongue in cheek joke, of course.

    • Ociee

      February 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Only certain types of nailguns use those. They are generally used for concrete. Most all nailguns run on air or pressurized gas in the case of cordless framing guns.

  3. His Royal Majesty

    October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Bighands, you are right and the proof is in the video [Illumicorp Training Video]

  4. Kermit1279

    August 10, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Hell yeah! Figures it be a Rebellious type to make sense good sense lol. It ain a racist thing to me nor the South vs North. Rebel to me its just defined as “one being rebellious in nature” my Dad said stupid comes in every color”….. Not his exact words understand but same difference in my head only NAACP won’t be chasing Me lmao.

  5. Kermit1279

    August 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Personally….. I don’t care real or hoax…. The point to me is the idea! Rebel Yell?!? Hell yeah! I agree! Lost in the system early cause i was a dumbass hot head…. They got my number like they said they meant… “Once you have a number it will follow you to the grave” Thing I realized over time was “Right and Left arm”have us a number at birth for more than social security purpose…. If they have your money they always know where you’re at our will be cause you want that money going to that account for your retirement……. Anyway…..i probly said to much already but in the name of awareness…. Besides with technology having us all looking like crack heads…. Everywhere I look people got THE phone..latest new gadget with all the new stuff lmao. Paranoid?!? With good reason! Every one of us needs to take a good look around… “Oh no I’ve said to much…. Haven’t said enough”….”That’s me in the spot light losing my religion” lol. Seriously tho I’d like to hear more Rebel Yell !!!!!!! Matter of fact I’ll check back here soon an see if that Reb has commented again….

    • Rden

      August 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      This is why we have back ground checks ……. If your planing a revolution do it in SECRET you jack ass……. Ever here the term loose lips sink ships? and in my opinion we need a whole new government there all crooks and are out for them self

    • Bhogus Rascal

      September 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      hoorah :)

      I’ve been looking up this damn nail gun up for a minute.

      Because a person says it is fake does not make it so; but they could also be right.

      I continue the investigation.

  6. Tommybudseed

    July 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Someone like us WHO CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES really need to get rich (as well as not be corrupted by the money). A super rich baker, or mildly rich bakers, is the only way I think we can overthrow our oppressors. Without complete trail covering, the heads would be lopped off too fast to accomplish anything.

  7. Dallas

    May 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Ok just to correct everyone. This rifle is an AR 15 platform, not an M4 or M16 those both are military. Second you can buy a M16 but it’s lower has to be before 1969 or something don’t correct me I know it’s not the correct year but you would still need a class 3 dealers license. And third this is an awesome idea so someone should actually make this

    • Bob

      January 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      The lower actually can be up to May 19 1986 that is when the machine gun ban went into effect anyone who gets the tax stamp and passes all the batf background checks can own one you also have to have your local Cleo sign off and have a state that has not banned them

  8. facepalm

    April 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    For the sake of the credibility of humanity, I hope you are kidding.

  9. Blah

    March 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

    It’s an M4 at best…and even then I expect it isn’t actually an M4 it’s just custom built parts to make it appear to be. This could easily be a .22 round rifle…..

  10. brandon

    March 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    How to order one be Very interested in getting one

  11. John Perry

    February 1, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Just a few points…

    1) An M-16 is Military ONLY
    2) A normal citizen cannot buy one anywhere, even if they wanted to
    3) DEWALT assault nailer is funny and anyone with a brain knows it’s a joke … and do not extrapolate this to anything beyond this
    4) Actually learn about firearms, so that you don’t sound foolish or ignorant

    • waffles

      February 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

      The M-16 reference was merely quoting the creator’s claim, so our apologies for the incorrect citation. The sentiment of the article, that it was just a modified rifle and not a nail gun, remains. We’ll defer to gun enthusiasts as to the details of the gun type.

    • Rden

      August 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Your an idiot an m16 is not just military jack ass The m4 is the same round just shorter barrel and adjustable stock you can buy an m16 as a civilian depending on your sate of residence i.e. arizona

  12. Jeanie

    January 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I agree with Lenny, Its funny, but in reality nail guns can be hazardous.
    Sshh don’t tell the libs they will place a ban on them too..maybe we should ban their cell phones
    Texting while driving kills too. Kudos for this hoax, its funny

  13. Gregg

    January 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I received the email concerning this just last week. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a hoax. That an article like this is needed to disclaim the hoax is a sad commentary on just how gullible some people are.

  14. Lenny

    January 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    who care if it’s a hoaz or not. it’s funny and I love making fun of liberals and there stupid laws

    • Carl

      February 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      It’s spelt Hoax and it’s THEY’RE stupid laws not THERE. Moron.

      • nunya

        February 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        You idiot. If you’re going to correct somebody at least be right when you do it. The proper spelling in this case is “their”, and besides that, who fkng cares.

      • JamesU429

        July 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Don’t try to correct someone if you’re a dumbass as well its their, as in possession of something. Not they’re= they are. Lol dummy.

      • Jules

        December 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        Actually, in most of the English speaking world, there is no distinction made between spelt and spelled when used as the past-tense of spell, it’s only in the US (and to a lesser extent, Canada) that spelt only refers to the wheat.

    • Rob

      March 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Ha ha. Never mind. I see that someone else already corrected your spelling and called you a moron. I love making fun of conservatives and their illiteracy. And I also love shooting guns. Suck it.

    • bighands

      April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      you actually think laws ‘belong’ to the fake right or the fake left? enjoy your false sense of choice. The Left and the Right are two arms of the same monster.

    • You

      June 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Wow. You are an idiot!

    • Geoff Conrad

      December 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Lenny : Def not a troll. LOL.

  15. james

    January 19, 2013 at 6:50 am

    you’d be surprised how many times a year people have nails removed from their heads due to accidental ricochets with the regular nail guns.

    • blah

      January 31, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      I would say it’s close to zero because a real nailgun has to have the end depressed to be able to shoot (i.e., pressed directly against the nailing surface). They don’t just shoot nails everywhere.

      • wow

        March 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        really? nail guns have shot through wood hitting concrete or even another nail in the wood and shooting straight back. through eyes and skulls. you must never have used a nail gun. some pro’s who should not be called pro’s remove the safety trigger and those triggers can jam defeating the purpose.

      • Carl

        March 31, 2013 at 3:11 am

        Actually they do fire everywhere. If you pull the safety back on a nail gun you can hold the trigger and fire it like a sub machine gun. Source: Im a framer and roofer

      • Ian

        December 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        You can pull the safety back.

  16. Shelton Mercer

    January 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Too bad this isn’t real. I would buy one.

  17. Neosimian Sapiens

    January 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    “This nail gun can shoot a 16-D nail through a 2×4 at 200 yards…”

    Who knew that nails were that aerodynamic? Unless they aren’t. I’m guessing they aren’t.

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