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