RESEARCH HELPS: When The Media Reports On A ‘Silenced Sub-Machine Gun’, But It Isn’t


And they also saw him get away on a horse drawn carriage… or was that a red Ford Focus?

I ran across an interesting crime report this morning in the New Hampshire Union-Leader, which ends up being an excellent example of why you can’t trust what you read in your average news story. The article was headlined with the catchy title, “Warner felon caught with silenced sub-machine pistol, drugs.”

A felon on parole named Gordon Potter and his friend Aliza Drouin were approached by a Salem detective after the detective noticed erratic Drouin’s driving. When Potter got combative, the detective called for backup.

The real fun began when they searched the car:

Police said officers found a small amount of heroin and prescription pills in Potter’s possession. Potter gave police a false name, but he and Drouin were taken into custody without incident, according to police.

Officers searched the car and found a Kel-Tec 5.56 silenced sub-machine pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun in the vehicle.

Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said the type of weapons – especially the silenced pistol – drew concerns from officers given Potter was a convicted felon.

“Your normal hunter or sportsman doesn’t carry these kinds of weapons in their trunk,” he said.

There are only a few things wrong with the description of the “silenced sub-machine pistol.”

  1. It isn’t silenced. The object on the muzzle of the firearm is the FS22 by Tactical Innovations. You’ll note that the markings on the barrel in the photo of the firearm with the article clearly show it is the FS22. It is a $25 fake suppressor (an empty tube) often used by gun shops for displays, or by people who like the look of suppressors, but who can’t pass the federal background check, don’t want to pay the $200 tax stamp, and can’t afford the $525 cost of a real suppressor, like the Silencerco Sparrow.  The FS22 is not a suppressor in any way, shape, or form, and does not reduce sound.

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