Perceived Carry Decoys: Mimicry in Human Armament

By Dean Weingarten

Perceived Carry Decoys: Mimicry in Human Armament
Perceived Carry Decoys: Mimicry in Human Armament
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The concept is an old one.  In biology, it is called Batesian mimicry, where an animal that is not very dangerous mimics one that is, with the result that it is attacked far less often.

Jonathan at Perceived Carry Decoys has produced a prototype and expects to have production of the first models in the spring of 2015.

From Perceived Carry Decoys:

What are Perceived Carry Decoys? We're glad you asked! Perceived Carry Decoys is a veteran owned entity that offers the worlds first and only way to exercise your 2nd amendment right, without the stigma or concerns associated with owning a gun.

PCD understands that not everyone is comfortable with owning an actual firearm. But why should those feelings affect your personal safety?

Now they no longer have to. With the launch of Perceived Carry Decoys, you may now give off the appearance that you are toting serious heat, while in actuality you have nothing more than a one piece device attached to your hip that is as harmless as a cell phone.

You no longer have to worry about young children finding a loaded weapon. This all-in-one piece construction does not come apart. At a fraction of the price of a real firearm, you too may enjoy the benefits of carrying a weapon, without having to shell out hundreds(sometimes $1000's) of dollars for something that statistics show probably will not and/or should not be used.

In the military, decoy weapons have a long and honorable tradition.  The most common use in the 18th and 19th centuries were “quaker cannon“, fake cannon made out of logs.   In the Gulf war, we made extensive use of decoy tanks.

Fake Gulf War Tank
Fake Gulf War Tank

The MCCD, pictured above, fooled scouts from as close as 100 meters, in testing.  It cost the Army $3,500.  They have been available as surplus for $300.

It is an interesting concept.   It works in biology, and it should work in an urban jungle.

Brain-Fever Bird,
Brain-Fever Bird,

The Brain-Fever Bird, also known as a hawk-cuckoo, commonly elicits warning cries from other animals in the forest.   Just so, people who use the Perceived Carry Decoy should expect to be treated similarly by the police as people who open carry real weapons.  Hopefully, nobody with a PCD will be shot by a police officer.

Jonathan shows several different models.

Different Perceived Carry Decoys
Different Perceived Carry Decoys

The first model, The Defender-1121 will start at $79.99.   It appears to mimic a holstered Sig Sauer Mosquito.  The  Detour -1122 seems to mimic a holstered Sig Sauer P220.   If the concept is successful, I am sure that more models will be made available.

I would like to see a video of an overzealous officer attempting to “disarm” someone who is carrying one of these.   It almost sounds like what I would expect of “police humor“, a practical joke that one officer would pull on another.

Perceived Carry Decoys are currently accepting pre-orders only.  I will let PCD explain its origins:

PCD was founded in 2014 by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served multiple combat tours to Iraq, and other places throughout the world. Based in Virginia Beach, VA, the sole purpose of these devices is to bridge the gap between hardcore everyday gun toting enthusiasts and those who are less willing to have a firearm in their home.

I wonder if PCD got the idea of carry decoys from military experience?  PCD expects to be at the Shark Tank TV  show in Miami next week.   If he gets more startup backing, products are likely to be available sooner.

Jonathan can be contacted at:

[email protected]

1-888-456-8784

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Clatuvertanictu
Clatuvertanictu
5 years ago

As a regular at ar15.com General Discussion, I’ve read some truly stupid crap in my life, but THIS…this is far and away is the dumbest thing I’ve read, and THAT is saying a lot coming from an art GDer.

You’ve got to be a 13’er.

Donnie
Donnie
5 years ago

This is a great way to get shot! This might work for animals and it may and did work for huge tanks on both sides but someone who wants to carry a firearm better have a real one! The only out come of wearing a fake gun is putting your life in danger of getting shot! The thug whom confronts you will have a real firearm and knowing you have a gun is only going to make him or her shoot first! The whole concept is dangerously wrong, I’d rather take a knife to a gun fight than pack a… Read more »

Anon
Anon
5 years ago

One the inventors page he has posted Anti-Gun propaganda. This is another anti-freedom nazi looking to set up innocent lives for failure.

Old Curmudgeon
Old Curmudgeon
5 years ago

This concept is number two on the stupid meter…right behind the school that wants students to throw canned goods at armed intruders.

Carl
Carl
5 years ago

As others have said,this is a VERY stupid idea.
All the risk of getting shot by cops or other bad guys, none of the protection.
I hope this fails big in sales for people’s safety’s sake

Bob Noxious
Bob Noxious
5 years ago

That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. You’ll be “perceived” to be carrying without the ability to protect yourself.

Neil
Neil
5 years ago

Ridiculous idea and product. Makes you a target. And the description about stigma and risk just reinforce the anti-gun BS we hear every day. Dangerous physically and politically.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago

What an awesome way to get your ass killed. I am truly impressed!

Capn Jack
Capn Jack
6 years ago

Just plain DUMB idea…But I think that has been covered…..

Noel Lee Singletary
Noel Lee Singletary
6 years ago

This is lunacy. Since you can’t draw it and point it at the creeper that is robbing you of your welfare check because you’re a felon, you just stand there with your hands up and piss your pants. Maybe crap in them too!

Dave Walker
Dave Walker
6 years ago

Why spend $79.00? You can get a toy gun at Wallyworld for $10.00 that will look just as real and get you shot just as dead.

Ray
Ray
6 years ago

What a dumb ass idea. This isn’t deceiving a satellite or forces from miles away. This is placing you and others at risk by fainting being armed and having the ability to provide protection.

David Lomax
David Lomax
6 years ago

Think about the example of the decoy tanks and cannon. They were placed so the enemy WOULD SHOOT AT THEM and not at the real armament. No big loss if the dummy was hit. Not so if you’re carrying a fake and the bad guy thinks you have the real thing.

David Lomax
David Lomax
6 years ago

This is just plumb stupid. Police Officers are already shooting kids because they can’t identify what is a weapon and what is not. When I was an ambulance service manager I changed our uniforms so we didn’t look like cops. If I’m not packing, I don’t want to be mistaken for someone who is. If I am packing, you will be the last to know about it. What part of ‘concealed’ is difficult to understand?

tenring rob
tenring rob
6 years ago

You are showing a concealed carry gun that is not a gun? You have a death wish. The idea of CONCEALED carry is no one knows you have it, you are asking to get shot without the ability to fight back. Hope you have not reproduced because the world can use less stupidity

fishydude
fishydude
6 years ago

Carry real or not at all. Carrying open can make you a target as well. Still a lot of debate on that subject. But if you are standing at the register when a robber comes in and he sees the real looking fake gun, he might just decide on risk mitigation action and shoot first.

Michael
Michael
6 years ago

A “concealed decoy”. Does that statement even make since?

Shaun
Shaun
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael

I don’t agree with this idea of a carry decoy, but it doesn’t say it’s a “concealed decoy” I believe this is for open carry.

Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner
6 years ago

Dumb! Ass!

Alan
Alan
6 years ago

Not smart. There are tasers and other forms of self defense options. What happens when one of these criminals calls your bluff? Then what are you gonna do? This works in nature because animals operate off instinct, not logical reasoning like humans do. This idea is only going to get unarmed folks hurt/killed. Period.

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

Terrible idea ..producing a firearm is a last resort reserved for the worst case scenario; arming ones self with a, “rubber duck” will likely give people a false sense of security and diminish their real judgment! Meaning people will more readily produced this decoy in the hopes that it will diffuse a situation when in fact it may actually escalated it into a deadly force scenario.

Feltre
Feltre
6 years ago

This is ill advised in my opinion. While it may prevent an attack it is just as likely to get you killed. This reminds me of the t-shirts with seat belts printed on them. They may keep you from being pulled over but are not good in a crash.

Amazing
Amazing
6 years ago

Worst. Idea. Ever. You will make yourself an unarmed first target. You’d be better off always keeping your cell phone to your ear so baddies think you are in communication with someone all the time. This is seriously dumb.

Pete M
Pete M
6 years ago

Why gamble with your life. Give someone (who doesn’t wish to carry) other less than lethal options and training for those, and awareness training, but don’t give them some sort of false sense of safety and gamble with their life.

Joeey Gatheringbear
Joeey Gatheringbear
6 years ago

The best rule about concealed carry is to keep it concealed. Decoys are not acceptable for concealed carry.

If this is an open carry decoy idea, time will tell whether this is as stupid as it first seems or if it will improve public safety .

Magnafan
Magnafan
6 years ago

If idiots–walking around in Condition White, get injured or killed because a criminal calls his or her bluff, the stupid press will report that gun carrying civilians got themselves shot. The anti-concealed- carry cabal will gain traction quickly.

Nate
Nate
6 years ago
Reply to  Magnafan

Agreed

meka
meka
6 years ago

Awesome.

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

First off I have no connection nor have I ever heard of this company before, now if we do some thinking on this crime has dropped by half in the past twenty yrs. why has this Happen? Well depending which side your on, CSGV will claim it has gone up, but with carry being a regular part of many peoples lives the reward is outweighed by the chance of being shot. So the thieves have learned to check for arms and avoid those people, so they don’t know it’s a fake. On the pro gun side many have been pointing… Read more »

Janek
Janek
6 years ago

Wannabe props for wannabes who wanna get shot.