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Pump action Bug-A-Salt takes down insects in a hail of table salt

Lorenzo Maggiore with his Bug-A-Salt pump action gun that finishes bugs off with a pinch of salt
Lorenzo Maggiore with his Bug-A-Salt pump action gun that finishes bugs off with a pinch of salt
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Lorenzo Maggiore takes aim with the Bug-A-Salt
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Lorenzo Maggiore takes aim with the Bug-A-Salt
The Bug-A-Salt "insect eradication device"
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The Bug-A-Salt "insect eradication device"
Lorenzo Maggiore with his Bug-A-Salt pump action gun that finishes bugs off with a pinch of salt
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Lorenzo Maggiore with his Bug-A-Salt pump action gun that finishes bugs off with a pinch of salt

We recently took a look at the InaTrap insect trap that lures insects into its designer-inspired form to quietly and efficiently send them to an early grave. But if you’re looking for something slightly more badass that provides a greater sense of satisfaction when taking out those pesky bugs then it’s hard to go past the Bug-A-Salt. The brainchild of Santa Monica-based artist Lorenzo Maggiore, the Bug-A-Salt is a pump action gun that takes out pests in a blast of non-toxic table salt.

The “insect eradication device” has an effective range of three to five feet (0.9 to 1.5 m) and holds enough salt for around 50 shots. Once filled via the loader cap on the top, the gun is primed by pumping the handgrip. This activates the pop-up sight for taking aim and the auto-safety, which needs to be manually disengaged before firing. This is because firing it into someone’s face is likely to sting quite a bit and could potentially damage an eye.

The Bug-A-Salt "insect eradication device"
The Bug-A-Salt "insect eradication device"

The Bug-A-Salt fires just a pinch of salt (no batteries required) with enough force to kill a fly, while still leaving it intact. This makes it easy to dispose of the remains or, now that the fly is a little more tasty, maybe enjoy a snack – or not. Either way, the use of salt as the projectile means you can fire away with gay abandon around food, which isn’t possible with toxic fly sprays. Not to mention, shooting the insects is bound to be much more fun.

Maggiore has finalized the design of the Bug-A-Salt and has turned to crowdfunding site indiegogo to cover manufacturing and shipping costs. With 48 days still remaining, the project has well and truly surpassed its US$15,000 goal with a total of over $89,000 raised so far. Contributions start at $30, which will entitle you to one Bug-A-Salt, and range up to a $2,500 “Arms Dealer” tier that secures you an arsenal of 144 Bug-A-Salts.

The Bug-A-Salt can be seen in action in Maggiore’s indigogo video pitch video below.

Sources: Bug-A-Salt & indiegogo via reddit

Bug-A-Salt - IndieGoGo.com Video

21 comments
5318008
Anyone else notice he has "cock gun" and "fapp" written on the blackboard?
Pixel_Pusher
When I was younger I would have totally shot my sister with that. Now the only thing I could see using it for is some bad a$$ food seasoning, Want some salt on that steak? ... No problem. Oh and I'd shoot bugs with it.
Alan Mudd
Yet another American entrepreneur who feels they have to go all the way to China to develop a cool new product. So sad.
MK23666
Hmmm. Saline mister might also work.
MK23666
I'd also like to note that lemon oil or orange oil in a spray will kill any insect almost instantly.
Larry Hooten
Shouldn't that be "Salt-A-Bug"? Just sayin'....
wiarus2000
Where can you buy lemon or orange oil ?
Snake Oil Baron
How much potential is the risk of eye damage? A small chance of cornea scratches or leaking of eye fluid? Still, I like the concept--no more dangerous than many other things. And automate it with several guns and a computer vision system which can recognize large beings and not fire when they are in line of site and you have a nice bug free zone.
sk8dad
Can't shoot bugs outside in the garden....salt bad for plants. Can't shoot in the house without pissing off wife and have to vacuum all that salt later. ...but hey I'd buy one anyway. When is the gatling gun version coming out?
The Hoff
Not smart with people not used to guns, which is most of them. People are going to shoot salt into other peoples eyes across the table by accident. The easiest way to catch a fly is to come at it from 2 directions at the same time, you get em easy.
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