"The Tragic Boating Accident"


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colorado_handgunner
July 1, 2009, 11:14 PM
I have seen many references, in jest, to "the tragic boating accident" here on the high road. Can anyone please enlighten me to the jokes origin?

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TexasRifleman
July 1, 2009, 11:16 PM
Can anyone please enlighten me to the jokes origin?

When people ask other internet forums to "post your list of guns" or something similar the joke is that the ATF may be watching, so we reply that our guns were lost in a tragic boating accident basically denying we own guns in case "the man" is reading :)

Predated THR for sure, I remember seeing it back on the old Firing Line.

jhco
July 1, 2009, 11:16 PM
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colorado_handgunner
July 1, 2009, 11:19 PM
That is what I gathered from reading the posts, I was just wondering if there was a real story behind the original idea. I guess not.

rbernie
July 1, 2009, 11:32 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=100401&d=1246014802

Kind of Blued
July 2, 2009, 12:07 AM
I was gonna post that poster I made, but rbernie beat me to it. :)

Threeband
July 2, 2009, 12:12 AM
What joke?

lions
July 2, 2009, 12:17 AM
I think my tragic story is the "jokes" origin. Not funny if you ask me. Stupid canoe!

Mt Shooter
July 2, 2009, 12:18 AM
What joke?


I still don't wish to talk about it....tragic

maroast
July 2, 2009, 12:33 AM
I think a class action lawsuit is in order. How many of us must pay such a heavy price for these faulty boats?

cleetus03
July 2, 2009, 12:49 AM
Guy #1: So what do you think about that federal handgun ban congress just passed last week?

Guy #2: It sucks and is unfair but won't effect me, cuz I lost my range bag in that tragic boat accident of mine last summer. My range bag had my Glock 17,19, and 26 and all 15 of my magazines as well.

Guy #1: Wow, you never told me about that one. All that stuff must of been horrible to lose! I guess your lucky you never bought any more handguns since last summer now that the ban has passed!!

Guy #2: Yes guy #1 I am lucky, TRAGICALLY LUCKY.......;)

Jorg Nysgerrig
July 2, 2009, 12:59 AM
It's only marginally more clever than replying to a thread with "What guns? I don't own any guns."

It's been a "joke" for years, however.

sm
July 2, 2009, 01:00 AM
Mine went down in the Bermuda Triangle.

Just in case the ATF divers were curious...

peyton
July 2, 2009, 01:55 AM
Sadly, we did lose a Sako rifle in a creek in Alaska. There was a damn that was built by the gold miners that was not on the map. We come around the curve and wham a three foot drop!! Never found it, did I mention the creeks in Alaska are cold??

Birdmang
July 2, 2009, 02:09 AM
Ha I was wondering why a recent poster had all of his evil black rifles on a boat...

FlyinBryan
July 2, 2009, 02:21 AM
yes, i too often lose things like that in boating accidents.

while many of us are outstanding marksmen, our seamanship, as a group, is hap-hazzardly poor. often times it makes us drop our rifles in the water. they almost always sink, with unpredictable drift tendencies, and most likely disassembling themselves in their plummet, and spreading their parts over vast miles of seabed, much like the titanic.

in fact, we could hire bob ballard (the guy who found the titanic) and tell him exactly where we drop things from time to time, and i garantee you, he couldnt find them (in 4ft of water)

daorhgih
July 2, 2009, 02:22 AM
"Izvestija" news journal around 1955~56. A lot of German trophy-weapons were around, and were being confiscated. Many just "fell overboard." Right before Hungary revolted. Not a new tale, but an effective one.

WoofersInc
July 2, 2009, 02:27 AM
My question is for all that post that. Do any of you seriously believe that if push comes toshove that posting that you have lost all your guns will really help you out?

I have seen this so many times and my logic is " if you don't have any guns any longer, why are you continuing to post on gun message boards."

2RCO
July 2, 2009, 02:30 AM
1. The SS 2RCo was a Yacht calling her a boat is just offensive.
2. Somali registry of a vessell in hindsight was a bad idea as they lost all records of the boats existence and therefore completely ruined any chance of an insurance claim.
3. When your Yacht is sunk in a Pirate attack keep something stronger than a Keltec P3AT(the only gun I have since the "accident").
4. Make sure the only witnesses to your boats sinking aren't Somali Pirates who later capture the Maersk Alabama and are Sniped by Navy Seals.

larry_minn
July 2, 2009, 04:09 AM
There was a local guy who DID have a boating accident. Duck hunting and he and his buddy dang near died. Lost (IIRC) 3 nice shotguns. A month later (MN WINTER) they ask if I would try to dive for them. RIGHT

I told them I would try in spring/early summer (before weed growth) but they couldn't tell me WHERE they were when the boat tipped. (like within 100YARDS) So I never got wet. 4yrs later he killed himself.

Prince Yamato
July 2, 2009, 04:43 AM
I always mention how I accidentally flushed my Kel-Tec P32 down the toilet at McDonald's. Sigh... how I miss that gun that no longer resides in my pocket every time I CCW...

if you don't have any guns any longer, why are you continuing to post on gun message boards."

For the same reason people talk about dead family pets... because we miss them so :(

armoredman
July 2, 2009, 06:21 AM
No boating accidents in AZ, ours are lost in sandstorms.

MrFox
July 2, 2009, 08:13 AM
I tried to launch my boat into an active volcano. Needless to say, I lost my boat and my entire collection. You see, I was going there to cast some bullets and needed to make sure I had everything I needed....


:neener::rolleyes:

maroast
July 2, 2009, 10:06 AM
4yrs later he killed himself.



Nice. you just had to throw that last little morsel in there.

22-rimfire
July 2, 2009, 10:32 AM
I'm sick. I'm still sick after loosing those firearms. I guess I should have bought a better boat.

Southern Rebel
July 2, 2009, 10:41 AM
Probably not, but it sure beats the heck out of pleading "No! Please! You can't take my babies! - they're mine, all mine!"

moooose102
July 2, 2009, 10:43 AM
what do you mean, "in case the man is watching"? you and i both know he is, and most of us are probably on some fbi, cia, or homeland security list somewhere. they already have your name, address, list of relatives, everytihing excpet your dna, and they might have that.

#shooter
July 2, 2009, 10:51 AM
All mine were stolen by Pirates, they didn't have time to sink. :(

TechBrute
July 2, 2009, 10:54 AM
Do any of you seriously believe that if push comes toshove that posting that you have lost all your guns will really help you out?

I'm thinking the meaning of the word "joke" might be lost on this one...

jnyork
July 2, 2009, 11:00 AM
Sure had a hell of a time getting the gun safe into the canoe. :scrutiny:

everallm
July 2, 2009, 11:03 AM
Unfortunately this does actually happen from time to time (puts hand up)

I was on exercise in Belize many many moons doing night time beach approaches with my section in a rigid raider, full suited and booted and I was next to the gunner with the L7A2 Gympy (M240).

The boat hit some off shore debris at about 25kts and we all went flying.

Even with the flotation jacket he was going straight down so had to dump both the webbing and the iron.

By the time we got picked up we'd shifted around and they never found the kit.......Since it was my section mucho mucho paper work and blame game.

Mr_Rogers
July 2, 2009, 11:31 AM
My most prized collector firearm was found - underwater (and mud) off a dock that was being renovated.

eye5600
July 2, 2009, 11:37 AM
I always mention how I accidentally flushed my Kel-Tec P32 down the toilet at McDonald's.

As a Boy Scout, my son lost a flashlight down a latrine. It's not beyond imagining that it could happen to a carry weapon. Unlike the flashlight, you'd probably want to get it back.

Readyrod
July 2, 2009, 11:43 AM
It's the aliens, they collect guns doncha know.

tulsamal
July 2, 2009, 12:05 PM
My question is for all that post that. Do any of you seriously believe that if push comes toshove that posting that you have lost all your guns will really help you out?

It will work just as well as anything else as long as we manage to keep private sales from being tracked. As long as I can sell a gun to whomever I want for cash, I don't have to worry about registration. You could have 200 4473's out there but that doesn't "prove" you own any of them right now. If some gov't in the future came looking for them, you could say you gradually sold them one at a time for cash at gun shows. You walked around carrying the gun until somebody came up and paid you cash for it. You checked his ID but that was years ago, how could you remember his name now?!

Gregg

rickomatic
July 2, 2009, 01:46 PM
In an ironic twist I lost my boat in a gun accident.


http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i84/rickomatic/BoatShoot.jpg

divemedic
July 2, 2009, 02:04 PM
You guys laugh, but there is a board for SCUBA divers, and one of the members there was diving in a lake in 2003, when he found a 40mm grenade,

I found this this morning in the local lake at 12 feet. I was never in the military so I have no clue what this is fired from.
It says on it:
CTG 40MM
M407A
AMM LOT MA-52-54 (last two numbers hard to read, a guess)


then two months later, he found:

Saturday I found a red metal box (about 18”X12”X16”) in 12 foot of water in a local river. Inside, in a big trash bag, were a bunch of documents, half burned, some cut up. There were passports, Visas, Washington state drivers lic., social security cards (14 different ones, to be exact), cut up credit cards and more. There were computer disks burned and broken into pieces. The passports were issued in South Africa and it looked like the people entered the US through Canada. The names on the passports were not pronounceable by me. By the condition of the stuff I would guess it had not been in the river more than 24 hours. After a couple of calls, I was directed to the FBI. I went down to the local office with the red metal case, and of course, they took it away. They seemed VERY interested. They wanted to know exactly where I found it and exactly when. They wanted to know what I'd touched. They wanted all MY info including my social security number.
Probably nothing, but weird, huh? You just never know what you’ll find in the water. People think they can just toss it in and it’s gone forever.

Restorer
July 2, 2009, 02:09 PM
This is news coverage of the accident.

Credit to KindofBlued from the humorous posters thread. Thanks!

Dravur
July 2, 2009, 02:46 PM
Mine were all lost in a tragic gardening accident. It was terrible, really

DRYHUMOR
July 2, 2009, 03:02 PM
Somehow mine ended up in the sewage pond at a pig farm during a terrible tornado. Needless to say they melted right on the spot.:what:

That pig crapnpee is some strong stuff. :uhoh:

Of course I do have the GPS coordinates, just in case someone wants do dive in and look for themselves. :rolleyes:

Phydeaux642
July 2, 2009, 03:49 PM
most of us are probably on some fbi, cia, or homeland security list somewhere.

I'm in a state where I'm probably on a list by the Department of Public Safety because I actually think for myself and have owned firearms (they were all lost when the building I had them stored in was swallowed by a huge sink hole). Doesn't bother me at all. I do miss the guns, though.:evil:

rbernie
July 2, 2009, 04:07 PM
OPs question has been long since answered - time to put this one to bed.

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