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Major Saftey issue on TV show

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by WALKERs210, Dec 30, 2010.

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  1. WALKERs210

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    This week was watching a cable show "Hard Core Pawn" about a pawn shop in Detroit. Some guy comes in with a home made signal cannon he wants to sell, typical setup he goes out in parking lot to show it works. The guy does something that made me flinch. Bending over the "Homemade Cannon" dumping Pyrodex down the bore and hanging from his lip was a cigarette. My wife picked up on that a second before I did. Can't beleive that the producers would even let a serious safety issue like that even get past the cutting room or at least some kind of comment about DON'T DO THIS. Makes you wonder how some people live past the age of 25.
     
  2. kameron1858

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    yeah thats detroit for ya... i dont even smoke when i work under the hood of old cars let alone when handling`an exlopsive I,m sorry if this breaks the fourms rules but what a DUMBASS!!!
     
  3. WALKERs210

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    My wife has been trying for the last 13yrs to get me to quit smoking, and she loves it when I'm working with or shooting my BP guns. No smokes or lighters anywhere close. Kinda like all my body parts just like they are now and don't want any sudden adjustments from a dumb A$$ thing.
     
  4. Jim K

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    Common sense about guns on TV? Where people shoot pistols sideways and a single bullet wipes out whole counties? Where a pretend cop holds up a dummy single barrel shotgun and reads from a script written by the Brady Bunch about the evils of assault rifles? Where a bullet blows a 250 pound man twenty feet into the air? Where crooks and private eyes engage in hour-long gunfights, complete with RPGs and tons of TNT, and never attract the attention of the real police?

    That TV?

    Jim
     
  5. kameron1858

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    I,m shure this was real not staged
     
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    More than once I've asked someone not to smoke right next to me on the range, because I'm handling open black powder.

    More than once I've stopped shooting for a while because they declined.

    Most of them move away after I point out that it might asplode us both! :evil:
     
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    There are some folks who fulfill the saying Fools go where Angels fear to walk.
     
  8. Jaymo

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    Reality shows should be called real stupidity shows. Have you ever watched American Chopper?
    I quit smoking years ago and am very glad I did. There's no one worse than a reformed smoker.

    I regret nothing. Least of all, quitting smoking before I started reloading and shooting smoke poles.
     
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    You mean I don't have a right to poison you with the crap I put in my lungs?????
     
  10. arcticap

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    Cigarette Punk?

    Maybe he considered the cannon to be nothing more than akin to a matchlock muzzle loader and his lit cigarette to be nothing more than a "punk" with which to light the cannon's type of "slow match" or "match cord" fuse with. :rolleyes:

    Slow Match:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_match

    Punk:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_(fireworks)

     
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  11. Geckgo

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    Why would the tv people try to stop someone from doing something dangerous?? Every time someone gets hurt on tv, the ratings go up. Can you imagine if the NFL decided they were going to stop using helmets and pads??? Even I would start watching football ;)
     
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    Does it smell like rotten eggs? :neener:
     
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    Nope, H2S smells like rotten eggs, but I wouldn't be smoking around that,,, unless (getting back on topic) I was on TV! :)
     
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    Yeah, no one is going to try to stop stupidity on TV. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Then, it's a ratings booster.
    I could see using the cancer stick as a slow match, but I would wait until after it was loaded.
     
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    That's not how slow match was actually used in practice.
    One end remained lit while the match lock was reloaded.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_match

    If this is indeed true, then if properly handled the lit cigarette may not be such a major safety issue at all.
    However since I didn't even watch the show, I can't judge if the cigarette posed a risk to accidently igniting the Pyrodex or not.
    But at least it wasn't black powder that was being loaded. :rolleyes:
     
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    I realize that's not how slow match was used back then. However, nobody wore shooting glasses or hearing protection then, either. They also thought evil spirits caused disease.
     
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    'Evil Spirits' was a euphemism...maybe a metaphor...


    We still have many euphemisms or metaphors in use, or believed in, to-day...with perfect credulity, and nary an assay.
     
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    why not shoot a blank at your head,after all there is no bullet,only paper. he had to be the dumbest actor in the world. notice i said he had to be the dumbest actor in the world. eastbank.
     
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    amen, jim, amen!
     
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    Arcticap, I might agree with you except for the minor fact that anyone who shoots a matchlock is damned careful with the match. MLAIC rules actually require that the burning end be in a safety container (usually a soft drink can) while loading.
     
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    The thing that got my attention was the guy was on one knee leaning over his CANNON/MORTAR with the cigarette hanging from his lips with the bottle of Pyrodex being dumped into the barrel. Guess the saying "God protects children and fools" had some truth to it. Bad enough to have any powder go off close to you but can you imagine the pain and injury that could have happened to that guys face if it had went off.
     
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    Like I said in the first post, makes you wonder how some of these kids/people actually live or not wind up in intensive care unit somewhere, can you picture what would have happened to those guys if that was 4F BP, doubt the lid would have got even on the jar
     
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    Idiots. Guess they've never heard of the BATFE, or the burn unit. They'll find out soon enough, at this rate.
    Why would anyone waste a perfectly good propellant in such a way?

    Only in society do stupid people/animals live to adulthood. In the wild, natural selection would throw some bleach into the gene pool.
     
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    detroit pawn morons

    I live less than 50 miles from the pawn shop,and I stay away from that side of town,as ted nugent said ,(michigan has no shortage on morons)and the pawnbroker is no exception,I have seen him selling junk to people for 15 years and his thugs he has hanging around are the complaint dept,real life arsholes.:cuss: wow articap I hope those arent your kids!
     
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