Police bust gang member before he could skin his (black powder) smokewagon

03/13/19 8:30 AM | by

Cap and Ball revolver replica of New Army Model 1858 cap and ball revolver seized by police

Cap and Ball revolver replica of New Army Model 1858 cap and ball revolver seized by police

It’s been a while since someone carried a New Army cap-and-ball .44 for “protection,” but hey, it’s Fresno. (Photo: FPD)

A self-admitted member of the Ruthless Thug Life Fresno Bulldogs was stopped by local police on Monday with what they said was a loaded .44 Magnum revolver. Photos say different.

A release from the Fresno Police Department says they arrested Amador Carlos Martinez, 19, after a search during a traffic stop found the revolver under the vehicle’s driver seat. “Martinez said he possessed the firearm for his protection against other gang members,” said the agency.

However, while the report lists the gun as a .44 Magnum, the image attached details that it was a replica Model 1858 New Army .44-caliber cap-and-ball revolver of the kind made by a number of Italian firms, chiefly for the collector market. The brass-framed guns, which typically sell for around $200, often by mail order, are not regulated by the ATF due to the fact they are black powder. Further, the image released by FPD shows that the gun was not capped when the photo was taken.

The agency’s post to social media quickly resulted in over 2,000 comments in just two days. We went searching for some of the best so you don’t have to:

  • Who tf he beefing with? Abraham Lincoln?
  • The serial number on that gun is 3.
  • You guys impound his horse too?
  • They Mirandized him and he just replied, “I’m your huckleberry.”
  • His street name was “dances with wolves.”
  • This has always confused me… do gangsters duel at 10 paces or 15???
  • Someone took Red Dead Redemption a little too serious.
  • I mean the cop should’ve let him challenge him to a duel at high noon in front of the old town saloon.
  • When u Robbing 7 eleven at 6 am but the re-enactment is at 8 am.
  • You have the right to remain silent, and you’re a daisy if you do.

Martinez was booked into the Fresno County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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