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Some unusual uses for firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Cosmoline, Jan 29, 2004.

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  1. Cosmoline

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    The old saying is "A gun is a tool," and at the compound this winter I've been putting that to the test. Most of my ordinary tools are buried under about seven feet of snow, not to resurface for another two months. So in the mean time I've been relying more on my firearms for some rather unusual field work. A few examples:

    At one point in late November a deep cold came down the Susitna valley and dropped the temp to 40 below zero. I was away, and my roommate was stranded there with a propane heater that stopped working at twenty below. To summon help, she was able to cap off a series of three shot groups. The neighbor came and she survived.

    During a very wet blizzard one birch tree started bending further and further over. Before it could snap and fall on the boxes below (and possibly someone walking under it), I cleared the area and popped it low in the trunk with a low-recoil 12 ga. slug. The snow load instantly fell to the ground with a *thuwmp* and the tree sprung upright again.

    I recently found that a small tree had snapped and fallen across the generator's little shed/box. The base of the tree was about seven feet away under a very deep berm of snow, and the snag was still pretty well attached and could not be removed. COuldn't get in with an axe without trying to walk through the berm and I had just my street shoes on. What to do? Pulled out my Walther PP and nailed the base of the snag with two Winchester silvertips. Snag broke loose, and I carried it off without leaving the trail.

    Shortly after getting a fire started outside to clear up some garbage wood and snags, I noticed what appeared to be a small propane canister at the base of it. The thing had been tossed there, covered with snow, and only reappeared as the flames melted through the snow. Were they empties? No way to tell. If a full one went off with me standing there poking it, no more cosmo! So I got back to safe range and nailed it with my M-39 Mosin. No explosion

    See--a gun is a tool :D
     
  2. TheLastBoyScout

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    I have visions of a certain simpsons episode in my head right now-- guns can be used to:
    1)Open beers
    2)Turn on/off TVs
    3)Turn off lights

    Well according to Homer anyway.
     
  3. P95Carry

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    Interesting uses Cosmo!!

    All that comes to mind right now is - the ''ultimate lock-pick'' ... well, unless door is hardened steel of course!!:p
     
  4. Sisco

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    If they're not good for anything else they do make good bookends.
    This one holds up books a lot better than it shoots.

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  5. Cosmoline

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    Is that Faffrd and the Mauser lurking behind that .38?
     
  6. Wanderer

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    Sisco, nice bookend, now go get The Two Towers, for I don't see it on your shelf.
     
  7. Cosmoline

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    Now that you mention it, the shotgun did come in handy to free an ice-bound door on a trailer :D
     
  8. Sisco

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    It's there, along with "The Hobbit". Bought those back in '75 or '76 after I wore the paperback versions out.
    Gun is a Clerke 1st .22 cal. Gave $5 for it when I was in High School, still feel like I got ripped off.
     
  9. P95Carry

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    Bwhahaha ..... :D Sorry dude .... found that funny!! Mind you .. must not forget what 5 Bucks meant back then, in all seriousness.

    One other use maybe ..... for a heavy clunker that needs little or no TLC ... a door-stop!!:p
     
  10. Cacique500

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    Sounds like you need to move to Florida Cosmoline! :D
     
  11. Hatchett

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    You know...I know a guy on another forum who lives in Alaska, is a big fan of Mosins, recently got himself a Walther, and has used those very three weapons in those very three ways.

    I'm starting to think this isn't coincidence.
     
  12. mdsteele

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    That's neat.

    I used an AR15 once to expel a nest of fire ants.
    I stood up on the porch about 10 feet away and above it and let loose with a couple of 30 rounders.

    Must of got the queen because they didn't come back.

    Got some yellow jackets the same way. They were a little more resiliant.

    Got a black hornets nest with a 12 gauge.

    Did I mention that I HATE insects?
     
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    I routinly use my Benelli Nova to clear a path for my satalite dish.Dam tree is always growing where it's not supposed to.:what:
     
  14. El Tejon

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    How about shooting a hornet's nest out of a tree?:D

    Did that (once) with the first shot with a .22 many moons ago. Probably used up all my "good shooting" qi since then.:D
     
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    EL T I've done that...flying critters get a bit "testy"...thank goodness for Adidas tennis shoes. :D

    Single shot, shotgun bbls make great emergency "cheater bars". Well pump handles,and turning off the main gas at meter.

    Also when the spout on a funnel is not long enough to fuel a farm /ranch truck from a gas can...a 20 ga. 870 bbl works. :)
     
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    Effective for removing unwanted trees.

    These are pictures of the d@*#ed junipers behind my pistol range.

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  17. P95Carry

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    Smoke -- ''Ballistic tree surgeon''!! LOL ........ :D :D
     
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    Smoke,
    A timber company actually has a crew that shoots trees. I'm not kidding they get paid , get compensation for guns, and free ammo to shoot trees!

    You sure there were not doves in those Junipers Smoke? I understand the grey missles kinda get under your skin? :D

    J/K
     
  19. P95Carry

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    Any up this way Steve? ... hell, sign me up!!:p
     
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    Hey it was news to me as well.
    Some guys went to teach a NRA safety course these guys needed to stay "current". Now I don't know all the details but probably a dealie req'd by the timber company. I'm thinking Hunter Safety. They shoot dead limbs it seems.

    I understand sometimes little furry creatures during certain seasons , tukeys, and deer end up in the truck as well. All legal. Can you imagine having a job, shooting trees , with license and tags on Timber property and the go ahead to fill a tag while on the job during respectful hunting seasons?

    Probably the only job where folks will not miss work during Turkey and deer season.

    Chris...we are in the wrong line of work :)
     
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    Ain't that the truth eh!!

    Bet you the guys who do that stuff ... never get the jobs because of what they know ..... reckon it's because of who they know.:p The line - up of applicants in ''normal circumstances'' would go clear round 10 city blocks!!:D
     
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    Yep, I was gonna mention that an on-the-fat-side friend says 12 gauge is great for trimmin' trees. but I sse some of you guys been there and done that.

    An old employer and I were needing to stake out the specific corners of a soon-to-be-built warehouse in Lubbock many years back and, lacking a transit or long-enough string line for one side of property line, used an 8' CB antenna and the scope on .222 varmint rifle, which happened to be handy on and in the "company pickup".

    The job site was well within the city limits, so we were somewhat discrete to not cause "public alarm". Once we located the two appropriate corner pins, the antenna, a short broke-off tree branch and 9X setting on scope got the job done, good enough for non-government work anyway.
     
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    I've had a couple of CHL students to whom I had to suggest their handguns be used for trot line weights ...
     
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    I've been told that Ruger 10/22 barrels make good tomato stakes - a little short, but sturdy.

    JT
     
  25. Brian Dale

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    sm, if it was a timber company crew, were they collecting cones for seed, rather than trimming the branches? Where I went to school, people doing tree genetics used to collect spruce and fir cones with shotguns, then grind up the seeds & analyze enzymes. Forest tree genetic research is important {that's pronounced "can make your company profitable or a money-pit"} if you're planting trees for timber production.

    In our case (my lab mates worked on spruce and fir; I tagged along), collecting was done in remote areas, usually by my advisor (major professor/ boss; the guy whose lab I worked in — a Good Guy). Cut the twig that the cones hang on, the cones fall to the ground, and nobody falls out of any trees. It's faster than climbing trees, too. Shooting mostly straight upward (yeah, yeah. calm down, everybody), so a gas-operated auto was the gun of choice.

    I'd probably say I was shooting dead limbs if I was on one of those crews, too. Gotta know which cones came from which trees for genetic studies to work. Don't want freelance collectors thinking that the cones might be worth money to the company, then collecting cones themselves and bringing them in — they're now unidentifiable, therefore worthless. And could have been on private land, or at least paid for under contract somehow. Best to keep it under one's hat, and keep the resource (information) intact. Those things don't just grow on trees, you kno— wait ... Umm, never mind about that part.
     
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