This article was originally posted on Guns.com
With this week one for ghosts, ghouls and goblins, we thought it was appropriate to bring you a sampling of guns meant to take out those undead creatures said to feed on the blood of the living.
While the nosferatu mythos has been found all over the world, one of the more popular modern-day totems to tackle these creatures of the night are vampire guns. A little while back we caught up with Jim Supica, director of NRA Museums in Fairfax, Virginia, as shown in the above video, to check out a number of their interesting pieces to include a silver-plated Colt .38 Detective Special complete with vampire-themed Francolini engraving and an ebony coffin.
Other kits have popped up at auction in recent years.
Author Michael de Winter wrote that he started the trend in 1970 by taking a “poor quality pocket pistol in mediocre condition” with its black powder accessories and adding items such as an ivory crucifix, powdered flowers of garlic in original Victorian medicine bottles, and a wooden stake with a silver point then enclosing the whole thing in a nice wooden box.
No matter who started it, they seem to spark the imagination.
Besides the NRA Museum, there are vampire killing kits on display at the Mercer in Pennsylvania while renowned bizarre item warehouser Ripley’s advertises that they have “one of the world’s largest collection” of such outfits, with no two alike.
But the best vampire gun, in our opinion, was wielded by Tom Savini in From Dusk till Dawn