I saw a post on Joe’s blog last night about heading out to the Boomershoot site for some pumpkin destruction.
I arrived just after one as was asked. Good timing evidently because he was just finishing up the explosives as the wife and I showed up.
We spent the next bit chatting, I met a coworker of Joe’s, Kris, and I proceeded to gut and dismember the pumpkins much like Hannibal Lecter would to feed a man his own brains.
We then crated up the poor little victims and moved them to their zone of destruction.
This was a pumpkin that was in dire need of destruction. It was molding and becoming extremely soft. Big enough however it required two to move.
Six pounds of HE however would deal with this quite well. Besides the two that were rotting on top, well that was just nasty when it covered my hand.
We then proceeded to their destruction, first my wife, ladies first and all…
Followed by Kris…
And finally, here’s the video of my shoot. Along with a pic. Joe said “Just the big one left, give me a count of two so I can get the whole thing.” Sweet!!!! So I get to shoot this mother! AWESOME, Thanks JOE!
And as a final closing statement, we found pumpkin chunks 71 yards away. It quite literally rained pumpkin. Wife got hit in the leg, nothing major, I danced to get out of the way. The final dance move was to the right.
We drove back through Orofino to eat at Ponderosa, and gassed up outside the Casino for a low $2.18 a gallon. Thanks for a mini vacation Joe, much, much appreciated.
Initially I was going to just leave it at the comment I made over at Caleb’s place. Then there was this incident brought to my attention by Lyle. That gave me the inkling to do a post, then Weer’d posted the video of what exactly happened in the FPS Russia incident. After watching the video I had to pick my jaw up off the floor at this idiocy.
First a note, do not recreate anything in this video, if you survive it will be either because of blind dumb luck or because God has a soft spot for you and your idiocy.
If you want to skip to 4:46 to save yourself 4 minutes and 46 seconds of pure garbage.
Does anyone see what he did wrong there? Anyone? Bueller?
He violated the first rule of explosives. He placed something between him and the explosive. You see when you detonate an explosive inside of something it propels the surrounding material out at extremely high velocity. This is the basic principle behind a pipe bomb. The pipe itself becomes extra shrapnel in the explosion.
This is why when we Idaho Stress test an object we ALWAYS place the explosives in front of the target. We never place the object in front of the explosive, that is how you take shrapnel to the face.
This is serious and this isn’t a joke. That camera man is lucky he isn’t dead or more seriously injured right now. Just because the object is larger in size doesn’t mean that it’s safe. What is a safe distance then? Lets use the 2008 toilet as an example.
We shot that toilet from approximately 400 yards away. When I say we in this case, I mean the entire shooting line. We found pieces of that toilet well over 100 yards away. Note we found them in a field meaning they had to be big enough to be easily seen above the grass.
I know we had approximately 6 lbs inside the large pumpkin in the second video. We found chunks, not bits, 125 yards away. Many of those chunks were also relatively light in weight and had a lower B.C. In that case we were shooting from about 30 yards, however it should be noted the object was not metal or dense in nature. Metal merely rips and turns in to shrapnel which is nothing more than a knife flying through the air.
Given those above examples, I honestly wouldn’t blow anything up that had metal in it from within 200 yards, and due to my love of cushion, I’d double it to 400 for extra safety.
Joe, Ry, and I all almost made this fatal mistake by accident. That is a wonderful example of how much power and force there is behind explosives and why you really need to pay attention. So please, if you want to go out and play with explosives, pay attention and pay heed to the first rule:
Never Place Anything Between You and The Explosive.
Remember to be careful out there and use your head. Sometimes well all forget to think things through, but the more you think about it, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
So last weekend Joe came out and did a private party for Barb L. and her son. This had been planned for at least a couple of weeks earlier and since it was October we figured we’d do a pumpkin shoot.
The lasttwo we actually did after the elections for one reason or another that’s just how it worked out. The upshot was that’s when pumpkins end up being dirt cheap since it’s after Halloween. Well I swung by the store the Friday before and picked up over 300lbs of pumpkins. The trick is to buy pumpkins larger than their scales.
Some things are absolutely priceless. While certainly sending Joan over the edge to spout quotes like:
So wouldn’t it be great if families got together in their neighborhoods and carved pumpkins with handguns?
Or even better, Evil Black Rifles™ like we used here. But you know what’s even more priceless, something her and her ilk can never recreate. Go back and look at the smile on that kids face at the end of the video.
Or this smile:
Or this one:
And that was despite being soaked to the bone and freezing cold. But wait, there’s more!
Honestly I could keep on going with picture after picture and video after video of the grins Boomerite have created. But since it’s Boomerite, that means a firearm has to be involved too!
We all know why Joan says these things, she’s a delusional Puritan who thinks the world revolves around her and her feelings. I’m sure she would object to my method of celebrating the 4th of July as well. (Not to mention this video has yet another grin and expression of happiness!).
The crux of Joan’s rant was that bullets go through stuff, evidently most bullets contain PFM that allows them to penetrate everything and keep going forever. You see evidently, according to her, the bullets Hickok used after leaving the pumpkin were blood seekers and sought out his neighbors and killed them. Evidently somehow the bullets can just go straight through the berm and then fly until they find a person.
Now she does use a couple of examples of people who violated the 4 rules and tries to use that as justification for disarming everyone. First is this quote from Tam:
Second is that she’s in a world of denial, her side lost, and her only grasps for relevancy are when people break existing law and then she claims just one piece of paper would have stopped evil or stupid. She’s wanting to prohibit exercise of this right by everyone for the actions of a few.
Honestly the thing I think she hates most about that video, is she knows there is no way for her side to compete with the joy that shooting pumpkins brings. So I will bring that joy to someone new every chance I get.
*Now while I was actually going to spoof Mastercard to begin with, Joan’s PSH made finding a good punchline that much easier.
[There’s a common saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” and whoever said that was right on the money.
As usual this is a bed wetting politician who has gone into PSH over the fact that people can shoot targets that go boom! I think his real problem is that while he may be NRA – A rated, he’s upset because reactive targets are loved by new shooters.
Senator Merritt, while this video I created was originally directed and Joan Peterson of Brady fame over pumpkins, I find that it could be easily directed at you. Yes, we packed every one of those pumpkins full of explosives. Yes we shot them. Yes they exploded in a shower of pumpkin guts. So I guess Senator you’re a perfect replacement for Joan in this video as well.
I suggest you stop being a puritan and just accept the fact that yes, there are people in this world who want to have fun by blowing stuff up. No one is forcing you to do it and despite what you think, the majority of the public is quite safe with it. -B ]