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The DeWALT Nail Gun Rifle: Real or Hoax?

This is not a nail gun.
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.

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. By 2014, the graphic was being circulated without the link.


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

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.

The gun is a one-of-a-kind creation by a man who first posted a photo of it back in 2008.

Updated July 9, 2015
Originally published January 2013

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  • Johnny 5

    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.

  • John Abrahamsen

    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

      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.

  • His Royal Majesty

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

  • Kermit1279

    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.

  • Kermit1279

    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

      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

      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.

  • Tommybudseed

    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.

  • Dallas

    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

      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

  • facepalm

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

  • Blah

    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…..

  • John Perry

    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

      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

      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

  • Jeanie

    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

  • Gregg

    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.

  • james

    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

      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.

      • Carl

        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

        You can pull the safety back.

  • Shelton Mercer

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

  • Neosimian Sapiens

    “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.

  • Rob

    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.

  • Geoff Conrad

    Lenny : Def not a troll. LOL.

  • JamesU429

    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

    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.

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