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About 40 years ago, Louis Minardi of Odessa, Florida turned his backyard swimming pool into a conversation starter and it’s been one ever since.
Shaped like a six-shooter revolver, the custom 55-foot-long pool was built in the 1980s after Minardi said his wife was unwilling to let his kids swim in a nearby lake with alligators and snakes without her standing on the dock next to them with a shotgun.
The plans for the pool were presented by his old high school friend and contractor, Albert Jones III, who got to work constructing the masterpiece.
The gun-shaped pool features tiles on the bottom that mimic the details of a Ruger Blackhawk firearm, including the trigger and ammunition chamber.
The Jacuzzi was installed in the hammer of the gun, and the tiles around the pool were coordinated to match the colors of a revolver’s handle and body.
The pool, which has been resurfaced over the years, has remained in its unique shape since its construction. The pool has been a gathering place for Minardi’s family and friends, where they have used it to teach their children how to swim.
“Neighbors that have bought houses around here have all come by,” Minardi said, according to Tampa Bay Times. “They’re all, ‘Is this guy a whack job?’”
The homeowner has always had a passion for guns and firearm safety. He opened a gunsmithing business in 1976 and says he has owned a double-barrel shotgun since middle school. Minardi stresses the importance of firearm safety and education when carrying or owning a gun.
“If you’re qualified, mentally able to have one and protect yourself, I think you ought to have one if you want one, whether you keep it at home or you carry it with you,” Louis Minardi said. “But it’s like everything. It’s educating. It’s educating the people about the guns, how they work.”
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