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inexpensive improvised rattlesnake and zombie killing weapon.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Shifty, May 4, 2013.

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  1. allaroundhunter

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    So, Scott.... All that assaulting the snake had to take a toll on your beautiful yard, now didn't it? :neener:
     
  2. Texan Scott

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    LOL ... still better than a flame-thrower. :p
     
  3. TimboKhan

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    Intellectually, I understand the snake is not an inherently evil creature with no particular ill will towards me. The reality is that I am scared to death of snakes. It's not rational, it may not make sense, but in my soul they give me the screaming blue willies.

    I will typically let them go their way if I see them, but I won't hesitate to kill a snake if I have to. That tolerance level is lower with venomous snakes and non existent with the 6.5 foot rattlers I saw in Texas last year. Incidentally, our guide killed them with a folding chair(???).
     
  4. Texan Scott

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    A folding chair... well, if it's as long as I am and thick as my forearm, I'll beat it to death with whatever's handy. Was he running in circles with it, screaming "Woo- woo- woo- woo, yehRERerEReh!"?

    'Cuz I would be.
     
  5. v8stang289

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    bush-ax or kaiser blade or whatever you want to call it. Can usually get em at the local hardware store or lowes or home depot and they work great for clearing brush and killing snakes.
     
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  6. Carl N. Brown

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    Ripley in Aliens: "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

    If that is cost prohibitive, when I have been paranoid about snakes particularly copperheads (sneakier than rattlers and almost as deadly as cottonmouths), I find comfort in a M6 Scout with a CCI .45 Colt shotshell under a CCI .22 shotshell.

    Boots and loose jeans (so a snake can get a mouthful of cloth on a strike) plus situational awareness outdoors. I learned to lift boards, etc., outdoors so if there was anything underneath its path of escape was away from me.

    The horror story I recall in this context is the family who found in the springtime their new home had been built over a den where copperheads wintered.
     
  7. btg3

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    All well and good for the snakes thus far. But don't overlook that the OP said the weapon must also take care of zombies.
     
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    It doesn't seem really fair to call a species that is unlikely to kill anything other than small rodents, reptiles, and amphibians "deadly".


    "They are not aggressive snakes...They rarely strike unless stepped on or handled...In a recent 10-year study, 308 copperhead bites were reported. Not a single person died from the copperhead bite."
    http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=

    "Many studies have been conducted on snakebites...About 4,000 to 7,000 snakebites are reported in the United States annually out of an estimated 45,000 that occur. Deaths from snakebite of any kind are rare, averaging about 10 to 15 per year. A 1954 Virginia study found that copperheads comprised 119 of the 134 snakebites reported between 1941 and 1953. A study of 400 copperhead bites found that only two incidences resulted in death, both due to simultaneous bites by 3 or more snakes. Bites occur on the extremities 95% of the time (56% on the hand) largely because about 40% of all bites occur from handling pets or attempting to capture snakes in the wild."
    http://hikersnotebook.net/Copperhead

    Interesting and informative reading from a fellow shooter:
    http://ectotherms.net/kyherpsoc/copperheadob.htm

    John
     
  10. Shanghai McCoy

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    JShirley,
    You are technically right but they are SNAKES!!!!!!

    " Snakes... Why does it always have to be Snakes ?"
    :D
     
  11. DeTerminator

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    I guess I don't have the snake phobia. I had three of them for pets, so maybe that's why.

    I still think a shovel could dispatch a snake, or zombie, and bury them after. Pretty versatile...:):):)
     
  12. btg3

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    Had? Anywhere near the Everglades?
     
  13. DeTerminator

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    Nah, I'm in Wisconsin. One was an albino King Snake,( Slash) about 3 feet long. One was a boa (Krush), about 6 feet long. The biggest one was Simba, an African Rock Python (about 9 feet long, tops). They all behaved themselves. Turned out that there was a city ordinance against "dangerous animals in the city limits", which I didn't know about when I got them at the local pet shop. An incident involving law enforcement brought them into the spotlight, and I was cited and fined for possessing them, and had to get rid of them. A person in a town 7 miles away adopted them. They were legal over there. Crazy stuff going on.
     
  14. conw

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    I call it a sling blade...some folks call it a kaiser blade. Mm hmm.
     
  15. Texan Scott

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    My concern is not that a snakebite could kill me... that's highly, highly unlikely.
    Hours and hours of excruciating pain, days of feeling weak and ill, a weeks' wages lost, and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills? That's not exactly harmless, either. I'm still gonna squeal and slash/ crush/ beat/ burn/ shoot/ mangle them. To death. Repeatedly, if not more.
     
  16. conw

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    ^ I get that if they are on your property. In some random patch of woods off-property, not so much.
     
  17. Texan Scott

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    Well, a random run in with a random snake in a random wood patch, ok... we'll go our separate ways, and never see each other again. If it lives under my porch, it's gonna be a recurring problem unless YEEEEEEEEEK! *BOOM* somebody addresses the issue in a calm, well thought-out manner.
     
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    A rock.
     

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    I'll second the flame thrower.
     
  20. weaponhead

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    for snakes...

    try a sjambok?? they are cheap....:D
     
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    Hmm, reading this thread started me wondering just how much voltage you`d need to kill a snake with an extra long, ultra high powered cattle prod like device.Might turn mean Mr Snake into a crispy fried snack if done right :cool:
     
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    This thread, and the thread about Missouri passing the laws protecting the 2nd Amendment, made my day.
     
  23. SuperNaut

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    When I worked on a farm in NM I killed thousands of rattlers with a lawn edger. I cut the handle down to about half the length. After a while you kind of get a feel for their strike distance.

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    Don't bother sharpening it too much, after a couple of kills in dirt/sand it'll be dull again anyway.
     
  24. Carl N. Brown

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    post #59
    Study of 308 copperhead bites reported with no fatalities.
    Study of 400 copperhead bites reported with two fatalities both involving 3 or more snakes.

    Most of what we feel about snakebite is based on what we heard ultimately from our great-grandparents who lived in a time when the nearest hospital was days not hours away.

    The 3 or more snakes reminds me of:
    (a) the folks who discovered their house had been built over the wintering den for the local copperheads, and
    (b) the club members who prepared to pour an asphalt floor for the bottom firing range: when they removed the old concrete slab, at least seven copperheads slithered away into the nearby brook.
     
  25. dbb1776

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    SuperNaut nailed it. Cheap, effective, long reach, anyone can go get it without training. No muss no Fuss.
    Please take time to identify good snakes from poisonous.
    But don't get bit trying to figure it out.
     
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