Battle: Obama vs Santa

I better not catch you playing as Obama…


Today Only: Brownells Free Ship w/ $50+ order (12.16.11)

Heads up!  Brownells, the firearms aficionado’s equivalent of the Sears Wishbook has a special today only.

Deal Alert @ Brownells 12.16.11

This is a rare deal. Usually Brownells ships with a flat rate of $12.95.  On the occasions when they do offer a free shipping deal it usually requires a a $150+ purchase.  [use code: DLW]



Mythbusters Violate Rule #4 in Spectacular Fashion

Cooper’s Rule #4: Be sure of your target (and what’s behind it).

Mythbusters let a 6″ cannonball get away from them and it flew 700 yards and punched through a cinder block wall, completely penetrated an occupied house, crossed a six lane road, knocked off some roof tiles and came rest by destroying a minivan. (pics at the link)

Video: Mythbusters cannon accident news story

Wow!  Thank God no one was hurt.

The print article goes on to say that Mythbusters has insurance in case of ‘mishaps’.   I bet those premiums go up a tad after this too.

A quote from the article:

Reached Tuesday evening, [Adam] Savage said, “I can’t talk right now,” before hanging  up.

No foolin’.

Breda (Shotgun) in Mozambique

One of my long time friends, a fellow firearms afficionado, recently took a job overseas in Pemba, Mozambique.  Knowing how folks are curious about arms in other countries, I wanted to share some pictures of the shotgun that a local security guard carries.  Most security guards there only carry nightsticks; this guard, being quite proud of his gun, was happy to show it off.  [click images to embiggen]

A security guard in Mozambique displays his shotgun

It’s an Italian made Breda* (mostly likely the Antares model) that functions much like a Remington 11 or Browning Auto 5 using a long action recoil operated mechanism with a reciprocating barrel.  While I can’t find a list of manufacturing dates, I have found references to them being produced from the late fifties.  An interesting feature is that they were designed to be completely disassembled without tools (link to owners manual).  On this one, if you look closely on the forend you can see where it was repaired with suture-like wire fishing line ‘stitches’ above and below the length of the crack.  The loop of wire on the forend is for hanging it up for storage.  It obviously shows the long term wear from the daily handling of a working gun but it is still carried with pride and cared for.  I can’t see a spot of rust on the bolt.

Closeup of the Breda shotgun receiver

I looked about and found a YewToobz video showing the takedown of what appears to be the exact model for those of you curious as to the innards of this firearm.

As well as a video demonstrating a long action recoil mechanism in slow motion (utilizing an Auto 5)

Stay tuned for more pics from the other side of the world.

*most likely no relation to this Breda