From James Bond to Jason Bourne, our culture has been obsessed with different spy gadgets from the thrilling genre. The best part about these fictional characters is that some of their gear actually exists in real life. The clandestine tools used by government agents all over the world have slowly come to light. Some of them are pretty nifty, while others leave you scratching your head. Take a look at these awesome spy weapons.
1. The umbrella gun
The Bulgarian government was having an issue with a problematic journalist and needed him gone. With the help of the KGB, they developed this umbrella rifle that was loaded with a ricin pellet. They used the gun on a journalist, Georgi Markov, who ended up dead on the streets of London.
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2. The heart attack gun
The CIA developed a gun that could give a person a heart attack. The gun was loaded with a frozen toxic dart. When it was fired at high speed, it would melt inside the person’s body and trigger a heart attack. No one would know that foul play had occurred because the dart would disappear as it melted and the toxin couldn’t be detected in an autopsy.
Next: You won’t survive a punch from a person wearing this.
3. The Glove Pistol
Talk about packing an extra punch, the U.S. Navy developed this novel tool. The glove contained one bullet that would be fired upon impact with the target. You’d better have a good left hook because you only get one shot at your opponent.
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4. The Coal Bomb
The Confederate army developed a special bomb that could be loaded into coal burning steamers. It was designed to look like a large lump of coal that would be thrown into the burners by an unwitting coal shoveler. The bombs were powerful enough to disable or sink any ship if enough of them are loaded in the ship.
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5. The Lipstick Gun
Secret agencies like to turn literally anything into a gun. This little gadget may be where the idea of the Femme-Fatale comes from. Concealed in an ordinary tube of lipstick is a single bullet. The gun could be fired with a simple twist of the tube.
Next: You don’t want to step on this pile.
6. The poop transmitter
The art of disguise knows no bounds when it comes to the world of espionage. The CIA created a transmitter that looked just like a pile of dog feces. The purpose of the transmitter was to guide bombers or spy planes to their targets. It’s actually pretty ingenious because who on earth is going to inspect a poop after seeing it?
Next: Do not put the lotion on the skin.
7. VX Nerve Agent
VX was originally intended for direct warfare. It’s never been used as an assassination tool until recently. North Korean agents may have tricked a couple of women to apply two chemicals to the face of Kim Jong Nam. Those two chemicals metabolized into VX and killed Kim. The women’s involvement is still unclear and they are on trial in Malaysia for the murder.
Before the CIA, there was the Office of Special Services. During WWII, they were the spy-tech masters of the day. They were so good, they figured out a way to take out a tank using a condom, crushed walnuts, and a couple other gritty powders. It’s like MacGyver manifested himself as a branch of the U.S. government.
An agent would peruse an enemy base dropping Caccolube in any vehicles they could. The powdery substance would be inside a condom, and the condom would dissolve in the fuel or the oil. The vehicle became inoperable once it was sucked into the engine. It may not be flashy, but it can disable an entire regiment.
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