Seized guns in­clude or­di­nary, ex­otic

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE DIS­TRICT BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­

It was on the morn­ing of Jan. 22 that D.C. po­lice got a re­port about a man with a gun, and it ended with five ar­rests and the seizure of four guns, which were listed as fol­lows: a Tau­rus, a Smith & Wes­son, a Glock and a Spring­field XD9.

That was in the 1000 block of H Street NW. Across town in the 3200 block of Min­nesota Av­enue SE that day po­lice said they found still an­other type of pis­tol.

It is widely thought that Dis­trict’s streets bris­tle with un­law­fully pos­sessed firearms, but what may not be so well known is the di­ver­sity in makes and mod­els.

As demon­strated in the H Street in­ci­dent, the guns seized by po­lice may in­clude the Smith & Wes­son, so well known to devo­tees of westerns and crime nov­els.

They may also in­clude the Glock, a weapon that has been widely adopted by law en­force­ment.

But as sug­gested by re­cent list­ings of guns seized, some of the makes that turn up may be more fa­mil­iar to the firearms-savvy than to the av­er­age ci­ti­zen.

This month alone, the list of con­fis­cated pis­tols in­cludes an ar­ray of weaponry of makes that in­clude Cougar, Desert Ea­gle, HiPoint and Llama.

Also turn­ing up in po­lice de­scrip­tions of items taken off the streets are the brands In­tratec, Radom and Phoenix Arms.

On city streets, talk of Tau­rus may be of the zo­diac sym­bol. Or the car. But it is also a brand of pis­tol. In ad­di­tion to the one found down­town Jan. 22, sev­eral oth­ers were seized this month.

Per­haps one of the least fa­mil­iar, and pos­si­bly most ex­otic, was one seized Jan. 7, a Zas­tava. Zas­tavas are made in Ser­bia.

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