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2014-01-15 10:53:51 AM  
Did the icicles appear threatening?
 
2014-01-15 11:00:39 AM  
Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-01-15 11:03:04 AM  

oldfarthenry: Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).


Senile dementia and bullets are an interesting combination.
 
2014-01-15 11:15:31 AM  
It says handgun, but it sounds more like it was a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.
 
2014-01-15 11:15:38 AM  
I was doing that with a BB gun the other day.
It was fun.
 
2014-01-15 11:24:13 AM  

vpb: oldfarthenry: Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).

Senile dementia and bullets are an interesting combination.


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2014-01-15 11:24:47 AM  
Seems reasonable to me but I grew up on a farm.
 
2014-01-15 11:27:35 AM  
fark YEAH GUN THREAD

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2014-01-15 11:31:05 AM  
`It's January - time to take down the xmas lights!'
*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 11:32:11 AM  
yay this thread again
 
2014-01-15 11:32:26 AM  
Over kill, dude. Use a BB gun.

Less likely to kill somebody or do serious damage to life, limb, or property.

Shooting icicles does sound sort of fun.

But use a BB gun.
 
2014-01-15 11:32:28 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Seems reasonable to me but I grew up on a farm.


Really? The likelihood that you're going to shoot holes in your eave and roof seems reasonable? Hmm. Must be some stupid farmer thing.
 
2014-01-15 11:32:47 AM  
So that's what happened to him


25.media.tumblr.com

\I know I know...already referenced.
 
2014-01-15 11:36:12 AM  
At least he didn't use a blowtorch.
 
2014-01-15 11:37:49 AM  

kobrakai: Tr0mBoNe: Seems reasonable to me but I grew up on a farm.

Really? The likelihood that you're going to shoot holes in your eave and roof seems reasonable? Hmm. Must be some stupid farmer thing.


Stand next to the house, shoot out, and aim low.
 
2014-01-15 11:38:51 AM  
`Oh look - it's one of them Fartbongo drones!'
*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 11:39:37 AM  
ARGO

Skip to 1:30 or so...
 
2014-01-15 11:39:39 AM  
`Is that the neighbour's cat?'
*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 11:40:11 AM  
I seem to remember Hunter Thompson shooting icicles off John Denver's porch back in the day, but one or more of us may have hallucinated the whole thing.
 
2014-01-15 11:40:50 AM  
`Got some gunpowder residue on my slippers.'
*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 11:45:58 AM  
You're not helping....
 
2014-01-15 11:51:55 AM  
Fine, in one thread it's "Guns are made for one thing and that one thing is killing" and now we're all "You can't use guns for that".

Which one is it?
 
2014-01-15 11:53:54 AM  

R.A.Danny: Fine, in one thread it's "Guns are made for one thing and that one thing is killing" and now we're all "You can't use guns for that".

Which one is it?


If the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail?
 
2014-01-15 11:55:23 AM  
Hope he enjoys the holes in his roof when the snow starts to melt.
 
2014-01-15 11:56:07 AM  
The trick is getting them all off in one shot.
 
2014-01-15 11:56:51 AM  

R.A.Danny: Fine, in one thread it's "Guns are made for one thing and that one thing is killing" and now we're all "You can't use guns for that".

Which one is it?


If I use a hammer to press the buttons on my remote control, does that mean the hammer was designed to press buttons?
 
2014-01-15 11:59:26 AM  
He was just standing his ground.
 
2014-01-15 12:03:23 PM  
It's tragic, he stood his ground, the icicles stood their gutter and the doctors said they couldn't save the icicles, because they had lost too much water by the time they reached the hospital.
 
2014-01-15 12:03:48 PM  
When you have a big monster icicles 5-10 feet long and weighing somewhere between 50-100 lbs two stories up, you don't want them coming down on someone or breaking near a window. And you don't want to get speared, on a ladder, when no ambulance can make it up your hill.

Funny, the colder the climate, the more people are gun shy.

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2014-01-15 12:06:03 PM  
`I left my damn headlights on.'
*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 12:06:27 PM  
a.fod4.com
C'mon peeps!
 
2014-01-15 12:10:41 PM  
You know, sometimes the redneck methods are best. During a bad ice storm (2008 or 2009, can't remember), my parents had several ice-laden trees with limbs threatening to snap and land on their power line. Since a break in that line likely would've taken days to fix (the power company was swamped at the time), my dad used bird shot to break up the limbs in question, resulting in a shower of frozen bits instead of one big power-killing branch.

...yes, this happened in Kentucky. How did you guess?
 
2014-01-15 12:11:44 PM  
`The next mutherfarker that posts this shiat in the thread cause it's not a meme or funny...........'

*BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM*
 
2014-01-15 12:14:56 PM  

kobrakai: Tr0mBoNe: Seems reasonable to me but I grew up on a farm.

Really? The likelihood that you're going to shoot holes in your eave and roof seems reasonable? Hmm. Must be some stupid farmer thing.


I aim better than you.

If you use the term 'likelihood' with guns, put it down. Know where your bullets are going and why or don't pick up a weapon.
 
2014-01-15 12:14:57 PM  
I do not understand why no criminal charges were filed. In a suburban area, discharging a firearm should qualify as reckless endangerment.
 
2014-01-15 12:16:21 PM  
And now Black Bart, you get yours
 
2014-01-15 12:16:28 PM  

vudukungfu: I was doing that with a BB gun the other day.
It was fun.


That sounds like the right caliber. But some of the .22 short loads for shooting galleries pack less punch than a good air rifle.
 
2014-01-15 12:17:55 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Seems reasonable to me but I grew up on a farm.


Ice dams. They're worse than people getting on your lawn.

BitwiseShift: Funny, the colder the climate, the more people are gun shy.


That's because warm places attract crazy people.
 
2014-01-15 12:18:45 PM  
www.phrases.org.uk
"I approve of this."
 
2014-01-15 12:19:47 PM  
I cant wait til I am old and crazy and can do stuff like this.
 
2014-01-15 12:20:44 PM  

vpb: oldfarthenry: Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).

Senile dementia and bullets are an interesting combination.


True this

www.wired.com

Any of you farking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfarking last one of you!
 
2014-01-15 12:25:40 PM  
Just last week I was watching a shotgun being used for this task on "Railroad Alaska".
 
2014-01-15 12:26:19 PM  
Problem: large pieces of ice may fall off the roof and injure or even kill people.

Solution: knock them off before they can fall unexpectedly.

Problem: you are too old to climb up a ladder and hit them.

Solution: some sort of device that projects force at a distance.

Problem: too old and frail to swing pole or other long object around.

Solution: instead of mechanical energy, utilize chemical energy to project the force.

I can see the logic he followed. A c02 powered pellet gun might have been a better solution, but if he didn't have one, the .22 works. Of course, as he's in the middle of a city it's still a bad idea because of ricochets. So they asked him to stop, and he did. Case closed. The only way it could work out better is if the cop volunteered to get on a ladder and knock the ice off for the old guy. That would be some protecting and serving.
 
2014-01-15 12:33:11 PM  

exick: It says handgun, but it sounds more like it was a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.


You'll shoot your eye out.
 
2014-01-15 12:37:35 PM  

wildcardjack: vudukungfu: I was doing that with a BB gun the other day.
It was fun.

That sounds like the right caliber. But some of the .22 short loads for shooting galleries pack less punch than a good air rifle.


Seems like a good use for these frangible cci quiet rounds.
 
2014-01-15 12:54:36 PM  
In the summer, when the kids try to get apples...
www.imfdb.org
/was in Denham Springs, at the spring, Sunday, when some kids asked me to help them get some oranges at the top of a tree.  Got a couple  for them.  Wished I'd had a gun
 
GBB
2014-01-15 12:56:29 PM  

Farker Soze: vpb: oldfarthenry: Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).

Senile dementia and bullets are an interesting combination.

True this

img.fark.net

Any of you farking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfarking last one of you!


Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.
 
2014-01-15 01:15:52 PM  
Thought we don't know all the facts here, it's entirely possible he could have been using .22 cb shells...  those are pretty similar to a pellet gun velocity...  

Either way though, this guy doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed.  I don't think this was a smart use of a firearm.
 
2014-01-15 01:22:09 PM  

GBB: Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.



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2014-01-15 01:30:32 PM  
Responsible. Gun. Owners.
 
2014-01-15 01:47:44 PM  
Yeah, it's not the smartest way of dealing with your icicle problem, but it's the smartest thing this guy will ever do with a gun, and it's comfortably above the median level of intelligence and good judgment displayed when firing a gun in a private residence, so credit where it's due.
 
2014-01-15 01:49:26 PM  
I can't prove that he called the cops "whippersnappers" but that's they way I like to think it went down.
 
2014-01-15 01:59:28 PM  
I had a old timer neighbor that used his shotgun to harvest mistletoe from the tops of oak trees.
/There was usually beer involved
 
2014-01-15 02:25:02 PM  

GBB: Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.


Telling Sen. Feinstein to exercise more gun control?  That's insanity!  :D
 
2014-01-15 02:28:41 PM  

GBB: Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.


That went though my head too. Doing that'll send you back to classroom on our range (pasture).
 
2014-01-15 02:29:16 PM  

stevarooni: GBB: Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.

Telling Sen. Feinstein to exercise more gun control?  That's insanity!  :D


shiat I thought that was Thatcher.
 
2014-01-15 03:30:45 PM  
handgun?  hell, everybody knows you use a shotgun for that.  sheesh, stupid old fark.

/what was I talking about again?  Farting?  Ok.  Oops.  Tried too hard.
 
2014-01-15 03:35:47 PM  

brantgoose: Over kill, dude. Use a BB gun.

Less likely to kill somebody or do serious damage to life, limb, or property.

Shooting icicles does sound sort of fun.

But use a BB gun.


When I was eight I bounced a BB off a hell of a icicle at my grandpa's farm and nailed myself in the forehead.

/ I was not longest thinking child
// Clever, but unable to see the logical consequences
/// Luckily my Grandparents retired before I could really hurt myself out there (see playing in Grain Bin)
 
2014-01-15 04:01:15 PM  
Caution: Do not shoot your test icicles.
 
2014-01-15 04:27:36 PM  
Was it black ice? I heard that kind is especially dangerous.
 
2014-01-15 04:50:11 PM  

Campanula: You know, sometimes the redneck methods are best. During a bad ice storm (2008 or 2009, can't remember), my parents had several ice-laden trees with limbs threatening to snap and land on their power line. Since a break in that line likely would've taken days to fix (the power company was swamped at the time), my dad used bird shot to break up the limbs in question, resulting in a shower of frozen bits instead of one big power-killing branch.

...yes, this happened in Kentucky. How did you guess?


Kentucky has it's share of those who don't think things out too well.  I has a relative who attempted to burn out a huge nest of bagworms  (yes, just like those in your shrubbery).
It did not go well.  The entire tree burned for two hours and attacted at least four evangelists. And they were harder to get rid of than the bagworms.
 
2014-01-15 05:07:35 PM  

Treetop1000: Campanula: You know, sometimes the redneck methods are best. During a bad ice storm (2008 or 2009, can't remember), my parents had several ice-laden trees with limbs threatening to snap and land on their power line. Since a break in that line likely would've taken days to fix (the power company was swamped at the time), my dad used bird shot to break up the limbs in question, resulting in a shower of frozen bits instead of one big power-killing branch.

...yes, this happened in Kentucky. How did you guess?

Kentucky has it's share of those who don't think things out too well.  I has a relative who attempted to burn out a huge nest of bagworms  (yes, just like those in your shrubbery).
It did not go well.  The entire tree burned for two hours and attacted at least four evangelists. And they were harder to get rid of than the bagworms.


"Bagworm and the Evangelists" is the name of my Hootie and the Blowfish cover band.
 
2014-01-15 06:10:26 PM  

Sybarite: Did the icicles appear threatening?


I guess you didn't know people are killed every year by icicles.  He was acting in self defense.
 
2014-01-15 06:26:54 PM  

Treetop1000: Campanula: You know, sometimes the redneck methods are best. During a bad ice storm (2008 or 2009, can't remember), my parents had several ice-laden trees with limbs threatening to snap and land on their power line. Since a break in that line likely would've taken days to fix (the power company was swamped at the time), my dad used bird shot to break up the limbs in question, resulting in a shower of frozen bits instead of one big power-killing branch.

...yes, this happened in Kentucky. How did you guess?

Kentucky has it's share of those who don't think things out too well.  I has a relative who attempted to burn out a huge nest of bagworms  (yes, just like those in your shrubbery).
It did not go well.  The entire tree burned for two hours and attacted at least four evangelists. And they were harder to get rid of than the bagworms.


At first I read that as "attacked" evangelists, and was failing to see the problem. Attracting them, however, is an entirely different and much worse thing.
 
2014-01-15 07:07:59 PM  
As someone who almost lost an eye due to an interaction with an icicle in my youth, I approve of this man's choice of remediation tool.

/I was 8
//Another half-inch and I'd be a pirate
///CSB
 
2014-01-15 09:51:55 PM  

GBB: Farker Soze: vpb: oldfarthenry: Yup - I larfed at this. I want to meet this guy (over Skype so he won't shoot me).

Senile dementia and bullets are an interesting combination.

True this

[img.fark.net image 670x545]

Any of you farking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfarking last one of you!

Someone tell this dinky broad to get her booger picker off the boom switch.


No kidding. My brain is SCREAMING "TRIGGGEERR DISCIPLIINNNNUUUUHHH!!"
 
2014-01-16 12:34:56 AM  

DrewCurtisJr: Was it black ice? I heard that kind is especially dangerous.


Way late, but--Nice. Very nice.
 
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