(WGNO) – Lorenzo Maggiore has a big painting in his Los Angeles area office. He is the artist, and it’s his own work. But now Maggiore is finding a real following thanks to his time with guns.
“It’s kind of been stuck with me a long time. When I was a kid, I put sand down the barrel of a BB gun and would shoot flies,” he told WGNO’s Curt Sprang during a Skype interview. “And then it just translated into salt so you could shoot it around food.”
Maggiore is learning what it’s like to begin with a dream and a shoestring budget and go on to create what is quickly becoming a multimillion dollar business. He designed a gun that can be used to shoot down flies. The gun uses normal table salt for ammunition.
The gun is called Bug-A-Salt. Maggiore created a video that showed the gun in action and used it as part of a crowd funding campaign on the website Indiegogo. He hoped to get about $15,000. Instead, he ended up with nearly $600,000.
“Word is squeaking out about the product too, so it just gets crazier and crazier every day,” Maggiore says of his company’s growing success.
If you’d like more information on the salt gun, check out bugasalt.com to get to the company’s website.