Seized guns include ordinary, exotic
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.