Street Use

Escape Devices


Photographer Marc Steinmetz features some really cool examples of home-made devices fashioned by prisoners in order to  escape. A few of them succeeded.

Flucht Gewehr

This shotgun was “made from iron bedposts; charge made of pieces of lead from  curtain tape and match-heads, to be ignited by AA batteries and  a broken light bulb.  On May 21, 1984 two inmates of a prison in Celle, Germany, took a jailer as a hostage, showed off their fire power by letting go at a pane of bullet-proof glass [bottom of picture], and escaped by car.”

Flucht Pistole


This gun was found along with other homemade firearms in the cell of two Celle prison inmates on November 15, 1984. The weapons had been made in the prison’s metal workshop. They were loaded with pieces of steel and match-heads.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 12:47 am | comments

  • Bailout Morebanks

    At metal shop in school there was one instructor to teach and also stop the students from making pot pipes and other banned devices. It was hard to make these without getting caught. So I tend to believe that a jailhouse staff, unable to catch inmates making real guns in the metal shop, must be in on it too.