Pistol in road mystery solved
THE MYSTERY surrounding a pistol embedded in the bitumen of a Lismore street has been solved.
The rumour mill went into overdrive yesterday morning when the photo of the gun shared by a reader appeared on The Northern Star's Facebook page with the caption "welcome to Lismore Australia".
Northern Star Facebook subscriber Bill Hambly posted: "Is that what they did with the guns from the buy back scheme - use them to fix potholes?"
So we decided to call in an expert to see if the gun, which was embedded in Walker St, East Lismore, was real or fake.
Lismore gun shop Suffolks Sports manager Vincent Bleakley said his initial thoughts from looking at the photo were that the gun was a 1911.
"The 1911 is a very common and well copied style of firearm," he said.
But he said he would have to see the gun in the bitumen to be certain.
Yesterday's heat had softened the bitumen, leaving it easily accessible to Mr Bleakley.
Once he lifted the handle and part of the barrel from the sticky tar, he said he was convinced it was a replica pistol, despite being printed with "Made in China".
"Plenty of firearm manufacturers make guns in China, so the Made in China logo does not necessarily suggest it is a fake," he said.
"The major components that are supposed to be metal are plastic, so this gun would not be capable of firing a bullet."