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Phonebooks : The Wall

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by sm, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    New phone books come out, which means folks have old ones.
    Nothing against recycling, just a old old trick come to mind with phone books.

    Any old books, or even "books" of recycled paper works. Adapt as need.

    Plyboard, phone books , bricks, pea gravel , etc will make a portable wall.
    We set these walls on wheels, akin to the old roll around chalk boards.

    Civil unrests and needing a wall to assist in insuring a stray bullet did not enter a structure, and hit someone inside, most times placed to protect a baby in a crib.

    Indoor shooting with wax bullets, and later plastic training bullets.

    Business setting and zones of fire, especially handy after hours, and working by one's self or with fewer employees.
    Portable cover, zone of fire type thing.

    Set the phone book down at the corner to mark width and height.
    We just added a "shelf" for these phone books to set on.
    Think columns and rows of phone books , filling up a ply board.
    Add another ply board to sandwich and finish out all 4 sides with 2x6s.

    Phone book "sandwich" if you will, on wheels.

    One can do a thicker sandwich with two layers of books, beef this up with some bricks here and there to fill gaps, or fill empty cereal boxes with pea gravel ( wrap the box real good in a pc of tarp and tape real good ).

    Now finish these out- however one wants. Paint it white and use for a projection screen, add a small chalkboard to the other side, or now-a-days a eraser board.

    These are heavy, hence the wheels and one need to make so these do not tump over ( hard to get back up *grunt*).

    Put a peg board on one side for hanging whatever, maybe tools in a shop, garage, corner of warehouse setting...

    Do these in settings and not tell anyone what they are, except those that need to know.

    Indoor shooting ranges can use these for various things.
    Down on the property, in a barn, shed, storage place, again a backstop if need for shooting BB guns and wax, plastic bullets.

    Those wooden bases with nice wheels plants are on in building setting are not that expensive. Some are square and like a "crate" and easy to build braces to support and prevent tumping over.


    One is used for instance as the front of the business , glass, is on the sidewalk, the entrance is off to the right in a alcove.
    So if the folks are working after hours, or on a Sunday and anyone that looks in and thinks they are open - or other ideas - has to tap on front widow to be seen.

    Two of these moving walls are positioned to protect employees if someone decides to shoot through the glass window or door.
    Other practiced plans on how to deal with such things, still those "walls" look like pretty mirrors but they serve another purpose.
    Besides allowing one to see places - security mirror, they are cover.

    These work out pretty well, not perfect, still a old old tip going way way back.

    Maybe a use for someone around here...

  2. Todd A

    Todd A Member

    Aug 4, 2007
    Similar idea,only not mobile.

    Way back when I lived in an apartment .I placed a solid bookshelf as a backstop in the most-likely place a HD shot would be fired, to protect my neighbors from my shotgun.

    Filled it full of "junk" books,catalogs from yardsales and such packed in tight, never read just ment to "hopefully" catch lead. Gave me a little extra peace of mind.
  3. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    That is a great idea.
    Except if the head interior decorator of the joint says - "honey, let us move that bookshelf over there - again, as I am not real sure".

    *grunt* *wink*
  4. conw

    conw Senior Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Thanks, I like stuff like that. You might like some of the ideas on "The Martialist," which is currently down for maintenance. Some people sling "mall ninja" name calling crap at the guy, but he has some cool and unique ideas. So does Don Rearic (a quick google search will fetch either site for you).
  5. Warren

    Warren Senior Member

    Apr 5, 2004
    Northern California
    If you needed or wanted to store a supply of water could you not place the jugs in a frame like this and that way get double duty with only the footprint of the frame?

    Also a supply of firewood, maybe keep your jug of loose coins in there as well.

    If you need to keep a supply of metal pipes and fittings about, why not in such a frame?

    Spare circular saw blades? Fencing rolls? Roofing or floor tiles?

    How about a rolling structure that looks like an herb or flower garden with window boxes attached to the sides? The inside would contain the extra soil and the tools you need. You could beautify your space and protect it at the same time. Of course this would need tending.

    Finally if you have a spare politician or bureaucrat that for whatever reason cannot be thrown out, stuff him on in!
  6. RLsnow

    RLsnow Active Member

    Aug 14, 2007
  7. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears

    I like that idea! Edgar Allan Poe would be so proud.
    Then paint the thing to match Pink Floyd's Album cover and have it set up with a stereo and speakers.

    We don't need no education...just another brick in the wall...
  8. Pax Jordana

    Pax Jordana Active Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Near Philadelphia.
    Go find the box of truth and see how water jugs stop a bullet. It'd have to be thicker than a wall made of phone books.

    yeah put all your 50 state quarters in a jug, sue the guy for pain and suffering, tell the court you're a numismophile (I guess, a numismatist with a fetish?)

    Metal = ricochets. I'd be careful. I mean, good for you if it's on the other guy's side, but I could see a DA charging someone like it was a booby trap.

    That's pretty cool too! I recall hearing that dirt also stops radiation if you've got enough of it there..

    Round here, large objects are $20 for the county to pick up and haul off for ya.. you can't just stick 'em in a trash can, and they're too big to flush. Plus, they come pre-filled with fertilizer, might as well join this one with the garden idea!
  9. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    3+ ft., which is plenty to stop other fast moving particles, but a bit much for the interior planter.

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