I love the part where, after all the alarm raised about the issue, they point out that you can make them much more destructive by using film canisters loaded with sand or concrete-filled toilet paper rolls.
Ever eat an MRE? The new ones have little heaters in them that come in a little plastic pouch. You pour in a little water and the resulting reaction produces enough heat to warm up your entree. People who have done this noticed that it also releases gas in the process. It didn't take long for people to figure out if you drop a couple heaters in a partially-filled water bottle, seal it up (quickly), give it a shake, and toss it aside, it'll soon detonate with remarkable force. Wrapping duct tape around the bottle lets pressure build enough to pose a threat to limbs and hearing. NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME.
Not that I've ever done such a thing. But I can tell you that during a military exercise in Korea such a device sounds remarkably like an artillery simulator and puts the whole base under cover in full chem gear in moments. :eek:
Boys will be boys no matter what restrictions you place upon them. The only thing you can do is teach them values and responsibility. Taking away materials just challenges creativity and fosters invention.
[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2003-01-30 23:03 ]
Yeah just goes to show you that you can't take away everything that will impart deadly force. Maybe you ought grow a potatoe patch ChesterGolf? Home brew ballistics.
I was rather impressed with the description of the toliet rolls filled with sand blowing through brick walls too. I assume the drain pipes they are using are metal not PVC. Seems that with that heavy of a projectile a plastic barrel would burst easily. Well perhaps how that is how one fell lost his ear....
Never had an MRE, but I'll keep that in mind.
Powerized dry ice w/ warm water in a plastic bottle will have a similar effect, although it may not release as much gas as an MRE.
[ This Message was edited by: bitmasher on 2003-02-02 22:46 ]
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....