Saturday Night Specials *315 destroyed
Small, inexpensive handguns often linked to crimes, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Production of the guns peaked in the 1990s when a collection of Southern California companies known as the “Ring of Fire” dominated the market.
The Raven MP-25, a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol and one of the first Saturday night specials to come out of the Ring of Fire, was by far the most common model melted down by the Oakland Police Department. While many say the popularity of the guns has faded, they accounted for more than 15 percent of the guns destroyed.
Other handguns1,097 destroyed
Includes pistols, revolvers and “derringers,” also known as pocket pistols. Handguns made up more than two-thirds of the guns destroyed by the Oakland Police Department. One of them was a 100-year-old pistol called the Infallible. (It wasn't, and a dangerous design flaw contributed to the company going out of business.)
Long guns616 destroyed
Includes rifles and shotguns. Long guns accounted for about 30 percent of the guns destroyed by the Oakland Police Department. A mix of antique rifles and hunting guns are entered into the department’s inventory, as well as modified shotguns. “You’d be amazed at what people turn in,” said Robert Chan, a former lieutenant who for years oversaw the destruction of guns.