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 Friday, 10 January, 2003, 10:52 GMT
Quiz: Are these guns real?
The government is to introduce a ban on the carrying of replica guns and air weapons, in the light of an unprecedented rise in gun crime.

Much of the worry is that even experts cannot tell from a distance which is which.

Can you tell the difference? Some of these photographs are of real weapons, some are replicas. One is a cigarette lighter.

To get the answers:
• For PC users, simply put your cursor on the image.
• For Mac users, or to get the answers in full, just scroll to the bottom of the page.

REAL - it's a Beretta 9mm pistol
1.

REPLICA - it's a Colt 1911
2.

CIGARETTE LIGHTER - similar to one carried by Brixton man shot by police
3.

REAL - an Ingram Mac-10 machine pistol
4.

REPLICA - a Brocock ME 38
5.

REPLICA - a 'Police' 8mm imported from Italy
6.

REAL - A Micro Uzi Machine pistol
7.

REAL - a Smith and Wesson .38 snub nose
8.

REAL - a Walther PPK.32 pistol
9.

REPLICA - it's a semi-automatic, blank firing replica of a GLOCK 17
10.


Answers

1. REAL - it's a Beretta 9mm pistol
2. REPLICA - it's a Colt 1911 replica


3. CIGARETTE LIGHTER - similar to one carried by Brixton man shot by police


4. REAL - an Ingram Mac-10 machine pistol


5. REPLICA - a Brocock ME 38


6. REPLICA - a 'Police' 8mm imported from Italy


7. REAL - Micro Uzi Machine pistol


8. REAL - a Smith and Wesson .38 snub nose


9. REAL - a Walther PPK.32 pistol


10. REPLICA - it's a semi-automatic, blank firing replica of a Glock 17



Send your comments

OK I got 100% right, but I'm from a military background and know what to look for. But we shouldn't expect police to identify them in a split second when it's pointing at them.
Tom, UK

I got quite a few of them wrong. This should highlight how hard it must be for the Armed Police have when called out. A situation that could turn nasty at ANY second. From a distance it must be near impossible to tell them apart.
Nik, UK

Surely the intention of a replica is to look exactly like the original, except its non functioning. So how would you expect an expert to tell the difference at a distance? If they could it would not be a replica.
Mike, UK

It doesn't really matter, real or fake it would still induce fear in anyone it's pointed at. As someone who has owned replicas and has fired many types of weapon, I only got three right out of the list. I personally have handed in all my replicas and good riddance.
Nick, UK

I'm in the Army, and I'm used to handling weapons - but I only got 4/10 right.
Name withheld, Wales

I got a 50% failure rate in a no-stress situation. If I was an armed policeman threatened any of these objects I would shoot first and ask questions later. Anyone with a replica must be up to no good. I have no sympathy at all with those carrying such objects.
Chris, Australia

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