Chinaberry popgun

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  1. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

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    This is my old chinaberry popgun. Barrel is made from a straight piece of elder. The center of elder is pith which can be pushed out with a wire to leave a hollow tube. Handle is made from hickory (old wagon spoke) To use push chinaberry to front then start another at back. A quick push and POW! With a good mop on rammer you can get two quick shots. It would almost put a blister on the victim

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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I used to fool around with a LOT of homemade stuff like rubber-band guns, sling-shots, slings, shake-shingle shooters, etc., but honestly I have never seen anything like this!
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    Now the memories flood back -
    Corn-cob pipes and corn stalk fiddles -
    Willow whistles and clay cook stoves -
    And if anything evil threatened the camp - my Daisy was at the ready -
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My Bible way back then was Camp Lore and Woodcraft, by Dan Beard.
    Toward the end of my childhood, I read a brand new book that caused me to realize how much I had NOT done; Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing.
    But everything from those days is long gone - nothing like this wonderful device you have pictured here!

    Did you make this?
    And what do you mean about the "mop on rammer"
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Crap, now you have me looking through the dresser drawer for my old Barlow, and wanting to go cut a willow limb to make another whistle - -

    THANK YOU, Gabob, for stirring up all these memories!
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    My Dad made these for us kids 60 years ago, but he used bamboo for the barrel. Back then we were glad to have anything to play with. (tire swing, old broom that we rode like a horse, home made bow and arrow, guns made out of clothes pin that we shot corn kernels out of. ):)
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    i had something very similar to that as a kid
  8. Gabob

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    My grandfather made the original but rammer broke and I made the current rammer. The "mop" is made by making crisscross cuts on the end of rammer ,wetting and beating on it to make it expand. Then in use the chinaberry juice helps keep it moist
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    Terry, do you remember the whirlygig? Take a stick, cut notches, attach a propeller to one end, and rake another stick back and forth , making the prop turn?
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    what's a chinaberry? kind of like a crabapple?
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    when i was 3 i stuffed chinaberries up my nose, and my dad had to dig them out with his swiss army knife. apparently i didn't learn my lesson, because i did it again a short time later, but that time once he'd dug the berries out he then applied the proper treatment to my backside. stayed away from the chinaberries after that.
  13. ampaterry

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    I never tried that one either!

    Man, if all of us had been together as kids, we would have made quite a gang, huh?

    I did make a cannon once out of dads post driver.
    It was a heavy gauge pipe with a big steel plug welded into one end.
    I measured and drilled a touch-hole just ahead of the plug, then dumped in a handfull of carbide. Over that, packed some newspaper real tight, then a handful of rocks and more newspaper. Dribbled some water into the hole, waited a few seconds and then lit a match to it -
    Nothing happened.
    More water, more waiting, another match -
    nothing.
    After half a dozen tries, I gave it up and got interested in something else.

    Some months later, dad was repairing fence and needed to drive a steel post.
    He got it started by hand, then lifted that heavy driver up over it and brought it down to a resounding - - - SQUISH.
    Boy, was he mad!
    I spent quite a while with 9 gauge wire twisting and poking and pulling until I got all the paper out of the driver -
    It could have been worse -
    I could have used black powder, then a spark from the steel post set it off -
    I can see his face if that driver had gone BOOM and shot up off the post -
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    I also made a cannon. shot it with black powder. It was a piece of 3/4 inch water pipe with a cap on end. That being too tame I drilled a hole in the cap for a nail firing pin. Dropped a shotgun shell in and screwed cap back on. Hit nail with a hammer. After blowing a hole thru the basement laundry room wall the cannon/shotgun was dismantled
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    I'm lost -what's it do?

    A a young'en I recall making corn/pea-guns out of clothes hangers, and making rubberband guns. Then finally got a Daisey.
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