"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Four strong winds that blow lonely... Seven seas that run high..."


Here's the latest Glam Shot of the (as yet, unfired) ...improvised shotgun.
It's already out of date, the photo. The 1/8" X 3/4" steel, artfully wound round the breech (confining those expanding gasses you know - we'll cover that later) has gone the way of the albatross.
That idea looked lots better in my head than it did once all was said and done, so I cut it off and welded a piece of 1,1/4" pipe over the breech instead.
In retrospect though, this older one looks better. It's just got more of that "ultimate funk" thing going on. I don't know.
Perfect segue time:
Speaking of funk; below, please find all the information needed to build The Four-Winds-Shotgun.
If the JPG's are a pain to read, it's available as a PDF here - along with lots of other bitchin gun info.
I'll not burden the program with anything regarding the author other than; he supposedly coined the term "survivalist" and his info is on the web.
Kurt Saxon.
The name of the weapon is nice, very romantic - quasi-oriental.
Hence the silly weather references I made at the beginning of this post.
However, the meaning of the name is made clear in the text and it's less "aesthetically pleasing" but far more informative.
This thing is very bare-bones; even for me, which is going some ways.
I don't know if I've got the balls (read: reckless stupidity) to put one of these together and fire it although one would gather that old Kurt has done so, and retained enough digits to type.
It does seem to answer a lot of questions that will be coming up in our safety briefing (soon).
Seemingly, those same questions (to wit: "can off-the-rack plumbing parts contain the massive force of a shotshell detonation?" etc.) may be answerable by our friend, Dexter at the close of the page.
Now, safety issues aside, faced with an evil zombie army to arm, on a limited budget, this is the thing.
Or, if your level of fear was pathological enough, you could guarantee that every door in your house had a sawed-off shotgun behind it... for like, a hundred bucks.

The idea's got nothing but appeal but the nagging safety questions remain:
Did Kurt dictate?
Did he buy special "survivalist-grade" pipe?
Or, and here's the rub, is this, maybe - just maybe - a crock of horseshit?
We'll leave that hanging along with a general EEWWW over all of Kurt's "disposal of the murder weapon" scenarios.
My personal fave is the "home-defense" scenario (I'm in no way arguing against the defense of one's home) wherein he says: "This is great for home defense... and then you can scatter the parts around the neighborhood."
I can see it now.
It would play like this:
"Officer, that guy, the one whose head is splattered all over my breakfast nook? Well, he was a bad guy, so I shot him."
"I shot him... but...
I lost the gun! Or, wait!
I didn't have a gun.
His head just 'blew up.'"
"Will you need me to go down to the station?"
Here's where Kurt didn't think this through.
"Fight the power", but sometimes the power's on your side.


Let's go to the owner of a real-world bardog.
Help us out here, Dexter.
You see, the rather chastened looking young man to the right (he's the one in the handcuffs) appears to be the owner of a Sumpak (See, it's in the caption!).
Reading for context here, Dexter appears to be the prisoner of Arsenio, the rather formidable, older gentleman to the right.
He's the one fondling Dexter's Sumpak with less-than-reverent admiration.
The one ol'e Dex needs to be calling "Sir".
Obviously, Dexter here has trodden upon his Oscar-Meyer and done so big-time. Therefore, he is not seeing the humor of this situation.
But, he's young, 23 - it was in the text of the article - he can go to business school...
The sky's the limit.
Dream the impossible, Dexter!
Anyway; He planned to use his Sumpak somewhere in the process of his "carnapping" (Could ya' die?),
Ergo: He must have had: A. Experience with it. Or
B.reasonable intelligence that it would work - and not leave him bleeding profusely in the street while his would-be "carnapp-ees" go their way saying, "What the hell was that?".
Or he was just an idiot.
Stay tuned.

10 comments:

Assrot said...

Happy New Year

Joe

Chas S. Clifton said...

South or possibly southeast, if it's a morning photo and the prevailing wind is westerly, as it usually is on the High Plains.

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

Thank you, Joe and back atcha.
Chas, you are good. My conclusion (upon which I'd be willing to bet) exactly.
You're good - or you've merely noticed that one unconsciously leans toward the West in those regions.
The flag is a dead giveaway although she could have been facing North while photographing the kids... in the afternoon... during that rare time in MT when the wind comes out of the East.

Andy said...

This looks like dangerous ground Dan. I'd definitely be watching from the safety of the Landrover!
I think I'd just take my $70 bucks and go get an NEF from Bimart.
As I recall Saxon's books were kind of interesting in a not OSHA approved kind of way. When I bought mine he even threw in a pvc rig with a hypodermic in it (in case you wanted to do someone a la KGB) Don't think such purchase bonuses would fly today!

Culpeper said...

Your WWII jeep is sitting at high noon or close to it. Perfect sniper light

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Chas S. Clifton said...

@Culpepper

He changed photos.

Chaining the front wheels only -- I don't know about that. I did not know that the practice went back so far.

In my modest experience, you are more likely to break a chain on a front wheel (from the motion of steering), and then the loose end does something cool like wrap around the brake fluid line and break it.

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

Yeah Chas,
Culpeper, he's a few cod filets short of a fisherman's platter, that lad.
I've heard - even though my fervent belief is that; if you need chains on a 4X4 vehicle, you need to be at home, or institutionalized - that if you've only got one set of chains for a 4X4 that they should go on the front, although the steering issue is certainly worth considering.
I suspect that it was admissible in the heat 'o the mo' but wasn't SOP.

Culpeper said...

I be going to Red Lobster tomorrow with cod in mind:). I believe those jeeps aren't true 4x4. Part time 4x4 on both ends. They also turn over very easy. Thus, you may want chains on the heavy front end rather than the lighter rear end. You want those rear wheels to lose traction in a fast turn on ice to avoid a roll over. I don't know about these older models but the one I drove had the battery under the passenger seat and the gas tank under the driver seat. Based on personal experience this creates a burning sensation when upside down, strapped to the seat, and at a complete stop. Then along came the Humvee. Yep, one of the last to utilize Vietnam era equipment on active duty. That is my legacy to the Cold War.

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

Do you wear a cod piece?
I like those old jeeps. I've said it before and I'll say it again, until someone kills me or whatever: Fuck the Humvee, over-engineered boondoggle piece of shit.
My claim to fame vis a vis the cold war is that when I played the big 13F (forward artillery observer) video game at Ft. Lewis, the screen picture was of the Fulda Gap.
A documentary from the early '80's described this location as "...the site of the upcoming, largest tank battle in history.
Or not.

Culpeper said...

I've never been in a Humvee. Our jeeps had a pallet of radios behind the front seats. Also served a roll bar.

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