Boy's and The Dangerous Things They Can Do

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

 I am copying a blog that was put up by my friend, Don Thompson, who is one of our supreme Searcy Sleuths.  So what you see below is written by Don.   Please do not try to make one of these!!!  Even Don says don't do that.  

 

Growing up in Searcy in the forties gave boys plenty of opportunities to do dangerous things.

My friend and frequent blog contributor, Harold Sullivan, reminded me of that recently. He had found a firecracker gun he made as a teen in Searcy. We lived 3 houses apart in 1943.

Home made pistol from 40's Harold Sullivan

Firecrackers were readily available many times a year. Halloween was one of my favorite times.

A firecracker is placed in the cap end of the barrel with the fuse sticking out through a slot.

A ball bearing with some padding was stuffed in the other end. Light the fuse and fire at a target.

No license or adult supervision required! I had one but have no picture so I did a sketch of what I remember.

Don Thompson pistol 40's homemade

 

Let the shooting begin!


My daughter said "You'll shoot your eye out".  Do you remember that line from Christmas Story?

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Harold Gene Sullivan

Can you imagine a mother, today, that wouldn't go ballistic if she saw her 12 year old son building and firing such a gun? Don Thompson and I cooked up lots of such things when we both lived on the 1200 W Race block. We just didn't have an adult hoovering over us and gave us lots of freedom to use our imagination to make and do things. That and no TV helped make us both good engineers. That was Searcy in the late-40s and early-50s.

Jan 30, 2017 12:21 PM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Harold Gene, I told Don that the two of you, if you'd been born later, would be the ones who came up with Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook and all the other great things that we have now. You two were super smart.

Jan 30, 2017 12:38 PM #2
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I'm not sure we were so smart, just that we didn't have some adult always telling us we couldn't do things.

Jan 30, 2017 12:43 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

You were smart, Harold Gene, and parents didn't worry too much then.  It was a good combination.  Just think!  Don was pretty smart to be able to draw up a picture of his old gun!

Jan 30, 2017 01:57 PM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Barbara, I was inspired by your artistic talent to do that drawing. Computer graphic programs allow one to do good work with ease. The barrel is the same as the one on Harold's gun in case you didn't notice. The end cap and straps were created using the pipe texture and color. All drawn on the computer.

I have been doing that for 30 years or more.

 

You should learn how to do art with the computer.

Jan 31, 2017 06:17 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don,  you just demonstrated an alternative truth.  You have been doing the art for 30 years and was inspired by my artistic talent!  LOL because you have not known me for  30 years!  There is SO much that I need to learn but I'm running out of time!

Jan 31, 2017 06:39 AM #6
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

But I wish I had!  The inspiration comes from thinking about the art you have done and shown on your blog. So I think I'll do a drawing. That's what Barbara would do.

Jan 31, 2017 07:03 AM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Good follow-up, Don!  Thanks.

Jan 31, 2017 09:50 AM #8
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your post I hope you are having a great day and year so far!

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