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Do you think it can be fixed with duct tape?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JBP, Jul 4, 2003.

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  1. JBP

    JBP Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Took my recently acquired Redhawk .41 Mag to the range this morning. After ejecting first rounds fired through it I noticed something a might strange with one of the spent rounds. It had been sheared in half. A check of the cylinder showed that the other half was still embedded in the chamber. Borrowed a dowel from the range officer and got it out w/o too much trouble. Iv'e had squibs and primers back out but this was a first for me.[

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  2. Keith

    Keith Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Of course it can be fixed with Duct Tape!

    Duct tape: magic silver bullet for all Alaska problems
    It secures diapers, seals clothes and boats and even gives a measure of privacy

    Henry Szipszky, the paint and hardware department manager at the Wasilla Wal-Mart store, shows off a stack of duct tape that represents what the store sells on an average day. The Wasilla store sells more duct tape than any other Wal-Mart store in the country. (Photo by Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)


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    Anchorage Daily News

    (Published: July 4, 2003)
    WASILLA -- It's a sticky solution to a messy problem. But for Sherri Mulhaney, it works.

    The Wasilla resident's 2-year-old twins are at the delightful stage of pulling off their diapers and flinging them into the air. It was cute in the beginning. But Mulhaney smelled a problem on her hands. And on the walls, and elsewhere.

    "I had enough with poop flying around," she said.

    Mulhaney fought back with a silver weapon, one familiar to many Alaskans. No, not a hunting rifle. Remember the word "sticky"?

    In duct tape, that most universal of Alaska tools, Mulhaney found relief.

    Every time she changes her twins these days, Mulhaney wraps duct tape around their diapers. The poop stays where it belongs, and the toddlers get to look like real Alaskans at a tender age.

    Mulhaney swears by duct tape. And judging by a national contest Wasilla residents just won for buying more duct tape than any other community, the Valley mom has plenty of company.

    "My girlfriend and I want to make custom duct tape with Mickey Mouses on it," said Mulhaney, rearming herself with a fresh roll earlier this week at the Wasilla Wal-Mart.

    She thinks every store should stock duct tape in the baby section. Who knows? They just might, said Marlene Munsell, manager of Wasilla's Wal-Mart.

    Munsell knows something about duct tape. Last year her store sold about 8,600 rolls, more than any other Wal-Mart in the country. The closest competitor was the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Gallup, N.M., which sold some 7,300 rolls.

    The biggest supplier of Duck brand duct tape, Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc., keeps tabs. The company tracked sales of duct tape at every Wal-Mart store across the country last year. Of the roughly 2,900 stores nationwide, Wasilla sold the most, earning for the city the honorary Duct Tape Capital of the World title, said Valerie Stump, a Henkel spokeswoman. The company will sponsor festivities, including a duct tape fashion show, at the Wasilla store on July 19.

    Sales at other Alaska Wal-Marts weren't too shabby either. Anchorage's store near the Dimond Center took third place in the national competition. And the Wal-Mart at Benson Boulevard and A Street came in 11th, Stump said.

    But Wasilla's chart-busting performance is pretty impressive, she said. The store is your basic garden-variety Wal-Mart, not a massive "supercenter" in a big metropolitan community.

    "It's amazing that a store in a community with a relatively small population was able to sell so much," Stump said.

    Mat-Su residents were less amazed. To many, duct tape is a fact of life.

    Over late afternoon coffee and cigarettes inside the Butte Cafe in Palmer, retired truck driver Pat Smith said he wasn't surprised in the least that Alaskans, and Valley people in particular, buy more duct tape than other Americans. Smith said he keeps at least five or six rolls on hand at any given time.

    "Go ahead and find a working Alaskan that doesn't have duct tape. Go ahead. I dare you," said Smith, dragging on a butt.

    He and his table mate, Mike Baird, a heating and refrigeration technician, rattled off uses for duct tape in Alaska.

    "What do you do when your Helly Hansens spring a leak?" Smith asked. "Duct tape," Baird responded.

    "What do you do when your bunny boots crack?" Smith asked.

    "Duct tape," he and Baird said in unison.

    What about if your radiator hose bursts, your tent rips, your sleeping bag gets a hole, your Carhartts wear out? Duct tape, the men again agreed.

    And those are just average repair jobs of daily life. What about when something dramatically Alaskan happens, like your floatplane sheds a pontoon or a bear eats your raft?

    Duct tape spells survival, pure and simple, according to Barrow firefighter and pilot Dan Cox, shopping at the Wasilla Wal-Mart this week.

    Cox recalled a fishing trip down the Alagnak River a few years back. He and his partner tied up their Zodiac and went to sleep. After crawling out of their tent the next morning, the men found their Zodiac shredded by a bear. There was still a little flotation left in the back, so they folded the raft in half, wrapped duct tape around it and managed to float down the river to safety.

    The way Cox figures it, he wouldn't be alive were it not for the tape, invented in the 1940s to waterproof artillery boxes during World War II.

    Alecia Cole, garden center manager at the Wasilla Wal-Mart, takes duct tape along on camping trips. The hardy silver tape is good to wrap around coolers or fish boxes. It also comes in handy when life's little necessities call for some privacy, she said.

    "You duct tape a tarp around four trees and you have a temporary outhouse," Cole said.

    Duct tape is so versatile, it's used "for everything from A to Z," said Henry Szipszky, paint and hardware manager of the Wasilla Wal-Mart. Wart removal and frostbite protection topped Szipszky's list of examples.

    Several Wasilla residents mentioned duct tape as a discipline device.

    "It's good to tie people up with when they're misbehaving," said Brandon Monroe, a cook at the Windbreak Hotel Cafe and Lounge.
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    JBP - I wouldn't bother fixing it. The duct tape will increase the O.D. of the cartridge and then you'll really have a wildcat - just like that shortened cartridge case you started with. You'll have to ream out the cylinder and that cost $. Sheesh. Quit fooling around and leave the wildcatting to the pros. ;)
  4. Chipperman

    Chipperman Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Essex Co, MA
    Gary, you gotta think outside the box!

    Put the Duct tape on the INSIDE of the case. O.D. will remain the same. You will displace a little of the powder charge, but you should have plenty of room there.
  5. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Carpinteria, California

    I've got to go with JBWeld on this one.
  6. tex_n_cal

    tex_n_cal Member

    Jan 4, 2003


    You need Crazy Glue

  7. dleong

    dleong Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Where Am I?
    These are all great ideas!! With duct tape, JB Weld and Krazy Glue holding the two halves together, you'll have enough strength for a +p+ cartridge!

  8. cool45auto

    cool45auto Member

    Mar 11, 2003
    Cleveland, Georgia
    :what: Are you insane?!?! That's the beginning ingredients for a proton torpedo or something!!
  9. Waitone

    Waitone Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    The Land of Broccoli and Fingernails
    Gitcha some of that 200 mph NASCAR cammo duct tape. If that don't work, it can't be fixed.
  10. Moparmike

    Moparmike Member

    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddly enough, a downwardly-plunging firey handbask
    Yall are forgettin' one of the other primary ingredients for fixin' som'thin': Bailin' Wire!:D

    Hell, just krazy-glue it together, solder the outside, JB weld the inside, then wrap ducktape and bailin wire around it. If it wont hold after that, then you need to start thinking about rebarred cement, and maybe some iron/steel work. Or just forget the whole deal and go with tungsten work.

    "I can rebuild it. Better. Nurse, get me the melted tungsten and a mold."
  11. HadEmAll

    HadEmAll Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    San Antonio, Texas
    Don't forget rubber bands and cable ties. I've "fixed" more things with cable ties than I can remember.
  12. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    No kidding, this is true...

    I am aware of one good ol' boy who has harvested more than one deer by taking a .30-30 or .30-'06 cartidge, swathing it in duct tape until the OD is correct, and then shooting it from his single-shot shotgun.

    Do NOT try this at home, kids; I am convinced the only reason he is still alive and able to see out of both eyes is that the good lord looks after drunks and children. :uhoh:
  13. Justin

    Justin Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 29, 2002
    Unfortunately thread drift is like the ice flows of the north, the currents of the water send the icebergs to their inevitable warm doom.

    Same goes for threads that drift too far OT.
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