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Firearms video challenges viewers to pick which gun is real

Posted on 13th November 2017

Can you tell the difference between the two pistols shown in this video?

One of them is a real police-issue Glock handgun, and one of them is an imitation BB gun that we took off the streets.

We want you to choose between them as quickly as you can, without pausing the video, so you can see how tough it is for our firearms officers to tell the difference out on the streets, from distance, and sometimes when it’s dark.

You can play with an imitation weapon like a BB gun in the privacy of your home, but as soon as you step out in public, you’re breaking the law and may very well be faced with our firearms unit. Their guns are real.

If we see someone carrying a gun in public, our officers have just a fraction of a second to decide if it’s real or not – and they do not take chances.

So now it’s your turn to choose. If you think the real gun is the one on the left, use the ‘wow’ emoji, and if you think it’s the one on the right, hit the ‘teardrop’ one.

This video is part of the launch of a Derbyshire-wide firearms surrender, which runs from today until Sunday, November 26.

During that time, we’re urging people who have firearms they no longer want or need – or shouldn’t have in the first place – to hand them in so we can stop them falling into the wrong hands.

That includes replica or imitation firearms such as the one shown in the video. Even plastic BB guns can be used by criminals for offences such as armed robbery.

You can hand items in at any of our four enquiry offices – St Mary’s Wharf and Pear Tree police station in Derby; or at Chesterfield or Buxton police stations – or in other counties if that’s more convenient.

People can also hand firearms or ammunition in anonymously if they want to. Call us on 101 for more information.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.