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  Wordsofwit

When I was in the middle of the DFW urban sprawl I had a pellet gun and I really used to enjoy shooting it. What I would do is stack soda/beer cans filled with water against the back fence. I would configure them in a pyramid 5/4/3/2/1. From about forty feet away, I would play my game. The idea was to make every shot but only knock off the cans in the pyramid that I hit. This is harder than it sounds.

What happens when you hit a water filled can is that the impact pushes the water back and while a lot goes out of the opening at the top, much of the water rebounds off the back of the can and the force sends it surging forward causing the can to jump (the surge splits the can vertically at the point of impact). Gee, in rereading this it sounds so damned analytical in an anal retentive way

Anyway it was really cool to get the rush of seeing one on the top jump up and flip end over end. One day there was a knock and a policeman at my door. I guess I had missed and a pellet went between the slats of my wooden fence, passed through the chain link fence of my neighbor behind me and almost inadvertently picked off their cat.

The neighbor thought I was trying to assassinate kitty I took the cop out back and explained it all to him. He accepted my explanation but informed me that there was a city ordinance against discharging even a BB gun within the city limits and it carried a $500.00 fine Game over

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TwistAndShout

Mar 10 @ 11:36AM  
He accepted my explanation but informed me that there was a city ordinance against discharging even a BB gun within the city limits and it carried a $500.00 fine

If you take BB guns away from law-abiding citizens, only kitty killers will have BB guns. Or put differently, BB guns don't kill kitty cats. WoW does.
Wordsofwit

Mar 10 @ 12:11PM  


BB guns don't kill kitty cats. WoW does.

Actually, a short time later the cat ventured into the backyard and the dog got it. I just put the corpse in the trash and it went to the curb with the rest of the trash the next day. It was definitely a "dog" neighborhood, almost every household had one or more dogs. A cat owner needed to keep their cat indoors or it would rapidly "disappear" if it trespassed onto private property.

somnium

Mar 10 @ 12:47PM  
It was definitely a "dog" neighborhood, almost every household had one or more dogs. A cat owner needed to keep their cat indoors or it would rapidly "disappear" if it trespassed onto private property.

Not if it was... Mighty Cat


StraddleMyNose

Mar 10 @ 4:10PM  
Its always wise to have a nice backdrop as to make sure what targets you're shooting at doesn't leave your yard.
somnium

Mar 10 @ 7:52PM  
^^^^^
You mean like a painted backdrop on a drop cloth??

Wordsofwit

Mar 10 @ 9:38PM  
Shortly before the cop showed up, I put a sheet of old plywood up as I was tearing up my fence
StraddleMyNose

Mar 11 @ 5:43PM  
You mean like a painted backdrop on a drop cloth??

lol....okay, when I said backdrop, I actually meant some kind of back ground like plywood.

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