Cruel prank or sick humor?


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Owen Sparks
June 21, 2011, 05:19 PM
I have a buddy who is a shooting enthusiast and so is his much larger brother. The brother is one of those mechanically minded people who like to take things apart and put them back together. One evening the brother dissembled his Ruger Super Red Hawk right down to each individual piece and had it spread out on his work bench. My buddy was visiting and after a few beers he decided it would be funny to take the spring out of a ball point pen and add it to the mix of parts. His plan was to let his brother worry with trying to figure out where it went and then tell him the next morning.

He forgot to tell him.

It was about two weeks later that the brother mentioned that he finally got his Red Hawk put back together. He evidently found some place to put that extra spring. My buddy was scared to tell him that it was a prank after all that time. The Super Red Hawk works just fine with that extra spring and since it is not used as a self defense gun he decided not to say anything about it. I would tell the brother about it myself only I don't want to get my buddy put in the hospital!

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General Geoff
June 21, 2011, 05:24 PM
I would tell him about it myself only I don't want to get my buddy put in the hospital!

Well as long as the owner of the gun knows that extra spring is in there, and was in fact the one who initiated the prank in the first place, I see no wrongdoing, just harmless fun. If the gun malfunctions, it's entirely on his head.

Dnaltrop
June 21, 2011, 05:30 PM
You dance the dance, You pay the piper.

He had his fun, now it's time to make it right.

PRM
June 21, 2011, 05:33 PM
spring out of a ball point pen

I say if he was savy enough to re-assemble the gun, this was easily recognized for what it was and now he's the one having fun with the prank.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 21, 2011, 05:39 PM
I agree, if the guy is that mechanically-inclined, he would know pretty soon upon assemblage that the spring somehow ended up in his parts. I would know, myself it I stripped any of my guns down to every piece which piece does not belong to the gun.

Look at any schematic of parts and you can see right away that the extra spring is not part of the gun.

I think your friend should have another beer (or two, or three). I also think he should get himself a life.:D

quatin
June 21, 2011, 05:42 PM
That's a sick joke, but harmless. I doubt he could put the spring in anywhere that could cause a catastrophic failure.

Cruel is this one time when my buddy and I went on a deer hunt. While we were cleaning the deer he decided to go #2 out in the woods. 15 minutes passed and I went to find him asleep on a log. I took the deer guts and put it next to him to make him think he evacuated his entire bowel. Half hour later, he came back and told me something got lose, but he got it back in with a stick.

dawico
June 21, 2011, 05:43 PM
Owen Sparks, that is funny!

quatin, that is an old joke.

Owen Sparks
June 21, 2011, 05:47 PM
I am thinking about borrowing the Super Red Hawk and fixing it myself. The brother will never know and he does not need to.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 21, 2011, 05:49 PM
Well as long as the owner of the gun knows that extra spring is in there, and was in fact the one who initiated the prank in the first place, I see no wrongdoing, just harmless fun. If the gun malfunctions, it's entirely on his head.

I don't get where you come up with "...and was in fact the one who initiated the prank in the first place...."

The-Reaver
June 21, 2011, 06:12 PM
It sounds like a really really funny joke... untill the forgeting part. He should give him a heads up. the most that will happen is he'll know right where it is and yank it out.

zoom6zoom
June 21, 2011, 06:37 PM
I have the spring from a ball point pen in one of my AR's... but it's because it's a perfectly working replacement for the buffer retainer spring that launched across the room. Never have gotten around to replacing it with a "real one".

General Geoff
June 21, 2011, 06:42 PM
I don't get where you come up with "...and was in fact the one who initiated the prank in the first place...."
I misread the OP. It's very confusing to know who did what because of the lack of names. "He" could refer to either person.

Ryanxia
June 21, 2011, 06:48 PM
I would be a little ticked if it happened to me but that's pretty darn funny!

beeenbag
June 21, 2011, 06:52 PM
I have the spring from a ball point pen in one of my AR's... but it's because it's a perfectly working replacement for the buffer retainer spring that launched across the room. Never have gotten around to replacing it with a "real one".


Ha thats funny, I just replaced a buffer retainer that took flight on me. It and the spring shot out, I found the spring, never found the retainer. Gave numrich $6.50 for a $1.50 part after the shipping.

Magoo
June 21, 2011, 07:34 PM
This one rang a bit too close to home for me :o.

I was working on my first 10/22 some time ago. Upon reassembly, I had a mysterious spring left over. I'd been meticulous, had all of the diagrams at hand, and everything was functioning properly. But I still had this one spring "left over". I was really confused and upset with myself. So, on to the internet for a rescue from the 10/22 gurus over at RFC. I posted really tight specs on the spring (length, diameter, coils per inch, etc) and waited for them to tell me where I screwed up...

A few posts in, someone says "Hey, that sounds and awful lot like the spring in a ball point pen." Then I remembered. I'd busted up a pen to dye the epoxy I used to bed the action. Apparently I didn't keep good track of the shrapnel and its spring ended up as the "extra" part :banghead:.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 21, 2011, 07:43 PM
I misread the OP. It's very confusing to know who did what because of the lack of names. "He" could refer to either person.
I hear you.
I read articles in the paper and I have to keep going back up and see when this person and when that person were introduced into the article as I lose track of who is who, which basically ruins the entire article, if I cannot figure out just what took place!

LOL, maybe, too, it is part of growing old.

I need to LOL!

orionengnr
June 21, 2011, 08:49 PM
I literally LOLed, and that doesn't happen often enough.

Owen, you are truly a good man for wanting to get ahold of that revolver and make sure there are no extra parts lurking within. And I hope you do exactly that.

smalls
June 21, 2011, 09:21 PM
This reminds me of rebuilding motors and having "extra" bolts afterwards, haha.

Apocalypse-Now
June 21, 2011, 09:40 PM
ok.....

tyeo098
June 21, 2011, 10:12 PM
Or maybe this person figured it out, and told the OP's friend otherwise to make him sweat :D
You think thats bad? Try taking apart 2 AR-15's next to eachother (my friend and I were cleaning after a range session.) Man was that confusing.

AethelstanAegen
June 21, 2011, 10:34 PM
I am thinking about borrowing the Super Red Hawk and fixing it myself. The brother will never know and he does not need to.

Forgive me if I'm totally off base here, Owen (as I don't know anything about your background) but I would only do this if you're very mechanically competent because you would hate to accidentally take out a spring that was supposed to be in there (because as others have noted, it's possible your brother already determined it didn't belong).

I'd try the route of asking your brother how hard it was to totally disassemble the gun and most importantly "hey, how hard was it to reassemble?" You might pretend that you're considering taking down one of your own weapons the same way and wondered how he managed to avoid losing parts. Hopefully, in the course of his answers, your brother would say something about how he either found an extra spring or how it took him forever to figure out what this one spring did as it wasn't on the diagram. Then you'll know if you have a problem or not.

Personally when if comes to firearms, I think practical jokes should probably be left out of the equation and I would tell your brother. Your brother deserves to know that the friend might not be someone he wants to let have access to his firearms. If your brother already found the spring then he'll probably just kind of laugh it off and say I know, if he hasn't then the pistol really should be fixed. Regardless, your brother will appreciate your honesty and in the end your relationship with him is worth more than with the friend (plus if something malfunctioned with the gun, you'd be no doubt feeling pretty guilty you didn't tell him).

Owen Sparks
June 21, 2011, 11:09 PM
Not my brother, the brother of a shooting buddy with a sick sense of humor.

CZguy
June 22, 2011, 12:35 AM
I think that you should play safer practical jokes.

In the USAF we would occasionally put a fully charged capacitor (electrical component, that stores electricity, and then discharges it all at once.) in the urinal. The stream completed the circuit. Ah memories of the good old days.

BLACKHAWKNJ
June 22, 2011, 12:51 AM
It sounds like the brother found the spring, wondered "Where'd this come from?" and put it aside.
One time I let a friend shoot my Ruger Security Six Stainless with my reloads. I didn't tell him they were black powder.
One time someone took advantage of my fondness for chocolate and gave some chocolates with a heft dose of Ex-Lax. However, I have an iron digestive system, and tremendous self control-and I didn't even feel it. Then they were wondering.

splithoof
June 22, 2011, 12:59 AM
"and after a few beers"......
This should be the real issue here, I believe. What kind of fool allows another person who had been drinking to handle ANY firearm? This is the type of stupid behavior that legislators use to further their schemes against us gunowners.

Owen Sparks
June 22, 2011, 02:25 AM
I'm drinking right now and...hold on a second...just touched a firearm. Nothing happened.

Jeff F
June 22, 2011, 03:02 AM
Who said anything about handling firearms after a few beers. Sounds like it was a pile of parts and tossed an extra spring into the mix.

Anyways, thats an awesome prank to play, it made me LOL.

CZguy
June 22, 2011, 06:15 AM
I'm drinking right now and...hold on a second...just touched a firearm. Nothing happened.


Ya didn't do it right.......try it again.

dagger dog
June 22, 2011, 07:17 AM
The owner (gun mechanic), probably put the extra spring between the grip panels, until he figured out your other buddys prank.

Leathermarshmallow
June 22, 2011, 10:50 AM
Heck, anytime I take something apart and put it back together, I always have extra parts:D

Owen Sparks
June 22, 2011, 02:18 PM
I use muffin tins and put parts from related assemblies in the same cup such as everything from the bolt group goes in one cup and all the pins and springs from the trigger group go in another cup. My uncle who worked for NASA taught me this trick. I keep several cheap muffin tins from the dollar store at my work bencn.

ZCORR Jay
June 22, 2011, 04:16 PM
Sounds like he's a really good gun smith if he was able to improve the guns design and add a spring somewhere.

I would have been a nervous wreak and started searching the internet/ asking people for the parts breakdown trying to figure out where the dang spring came from.


Sick humor by the way. :evil:

toivo
June 22, 2011, 04:57 PM
It sounds like the brother found the spring, wondered "Where'd this come from?" and put it aside.

That's my guess too. Or he knows it was a prank, and now he's pranking by playing dumb.

For some reason, that reminds me of the joke about the watermelon farmer whose watermelons kept getting stolen. He's really ticked off, so he posts a sign in the melon patch: "One of these melons is poisoned." The next day when he goes out to check the melons, there's another sign: "Now there are two."

gordy
June 22, 2011, 06:29 PM
I am wondering if the trigger is better now?

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