NOTE: “Hello Kitty” is a trademark of Sanrio, Inc. This firearm was built as a parody of the California Assault Weapon ban and this blog posting is for educational purposes and to draw attention to “Assault Weapon” gun laws and to encourage debate on such. This gun is not for sale, nor is any replica or copy of it available for sale on this site. All images are protected under fair use doctrine.
So called “Assault Weapons Bans” such as the now expired 1994 Clinton ban and the one still in place in states such as California seek to ban rifles that our misguided legislators feel have no purpose in civilian hands. They identify “evil features” they can use to generically classify these “military style” weapons in sweeping terms. Of course these features, such as plastic pistol grips, barrel shrouds, and bayonet lugs have absolutely nothing to do with the firearms potential lethality in the real world and are merely cosmetic features. After all, it really doesn’t matter what color the firearm is if it fires the same ammunition right? Well, in the “spirit” of the California Assault Weapon Ban I decided to do my best to alleviate the fears of my fellow citizens and gun-banning legislators when I put together a new AR-15 for my wife. Below is the result of my painstaking work to transform an Evil Black Rifle (EBR) into a Cute Pink RIfle (CPR). Introducing the Hello Kitty AR-15!
This rifle is 100% legal in California because it is based on an “off-list” lower receiver made by Stag Arms and has no evil features at all, instead featuring a fixed stock instead of the evil collapsible stock, a muzzle brake in place of the vile flash-hider, and a MonsterMan Grip instead of the heinous and malicious plastic pistol grip. Update: The MonsterMan Grip has subsequently been replaced with a Magpul MOE pistol grip and the rifle has been converted into a “fixed magazine” rifle through the use of a Bullet Button. The C Products magazine looks like a 30 round magazine body but is permanently modified to only allow 10 rounds.
It has come to my attention that a lot of people think this rifle is merely a photoshop job. To convince the doubters here is a picture of the painted parts prior to assembly.
Update 1/13/2008: Well we finally got the Kitty rifle to the range. Here are a couple pics of the wife shooting her new pink paper puncher. Hopefully this will put to rest the chatter about this not being a “real” rifle.
Update 2/23/08: Due to an overwhelming number of comments posted on this page, it was taking an unacceptable amount of time to load. To improve the performance, I have moved a majority of the comments to an archived list. Don’t worry, I haven’t deleted any of them. You can view the archived comments here.