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This story is interesting.

If all the guns are taken away; there is still potatoes, drain pipes, and hair spray....

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Man, if the Canadian govt. reads this they will want us to reg. our bags of potatos. Wink

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Nice gun to hunt deer...Just kinding!

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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.

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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. Wink

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.

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There's two components to MREs -- the heater, which produces one type of gas (I heard it's hydrogen, but that sounds iffy), and the MRE itself, which produces methane when ingested.

One of the entree choices used to be beans and franks, and those meals had a label on them that said "NOT FOR FLIGHT USE."

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and the MRE itself, which produces methane when ingested.

What is that? A polite way of saying it gives you a bad case of rip-a**?

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You could say that -- and pressurization changes have a way of exacerbating the situation.

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