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LOL! I remember doing things like this. It was almost always follow by a trip to the hospital and everyone asking me, " What were you thinking!?!".

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"OK, this is the deal; I'll shoot first and you be the target and then you can shoot..."
 

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At least they were smart enough to hold their fire until after the random pedestrian left. I'll give them credit for that. But otherwise? Yeah, pretty stupid (said by the idiot who used to engage in bottle rocket wars with his friends!)
 

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At least they were smart enough to hold their fire until after the random pedestrian left. I'll give them credit for that. But otherwise? Yeah, pretty stupid (said by the idiot who used to engage in bottle rocket wars with his friends!)
Yep, we would put the bottle rockets in a piece of pipe with an end cap and shoot them like rifles at each other. I remember some bright kid taping a nail to the end of one...
 

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Quick give those kids a pocket knife and a lighter. Better yet, find the poster and send those kids some real slingshots.

Lets me honest with ourselves, this was awesome! In our nanny state of "think of the children" and video game hypnosis. I'm glad to see boys outside, making stuff, and having fun. If I was a kid, looks like a good crew to run with. They aren't over the top fools like we see some teenagers are on the evening news. Just some fun.
 

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Quick give those kids a pocket knife and a lighter. Better yet, find the poster and send those kids some real slingshots.

Lets me honest with ourselves, this was awesome! In our nanny state of "think of the children" and video game hypnosis. I'm glad to see boys outside, making stuff, and having fun. If I was a kid, looks like a good crew to run with. They aren't over the top fools like we see some teenagers are on the evening news. Just some fun.
I totally agree!
 

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We all had BB guns, but at about 12, we discovered firecracker pistols. We made them from a grooved wooden board from which we carved a stock, a 3/8 " inside diameter pipe with a cap on one end, and a roll of cloth electrician's tape. You file a notch in the back side of the pipe and the firecracker fuse lies in the notch when the cap is screwed on. Then push a wad of toilet paper onto the firecracker from the muzzle end, add projectile and another wad of TP to hold it in place. These things would drive BBs through the side of a washtub, and I estimate the power as roughly equivalent to a .22 CB round.

We would take turns crouching down inside our "fort" while our friends fired projectiles ranging from 1/2 ounce of BBs up to 00 buckshot at the fort.

BTW, now that I am well into my second childhood, I'm going to build a new firecracker pistol. I already have the pipe and cap.

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Yep kids do stupid things, doesn't mean they are any less stupid.....or dangerous, the problem comes when they don't learn better and do stupider things as adults.
The big difference is when we did something stupid we usually got the tar beat out of us so we learned what was exceptably stupid, that doesn't happen much anymore....so as you can probably guess I really don't buy into the whole kids will be kids excuse..
 

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I think my best screw-up as a kid was an attempt at a "bomb". At a local festival there were these confetti things. Carefully take off the top part of an egshell, dump the egg, fill with confetti, then glue tissue paper over the opening. You would then crack this "egg" over your friends heads and cover them with confetti.

Little pyromaniac me thought it would be fun to make one explode by filling it with gasoline and lighting it. Being careful (as always!), we set the thing out in the middle of the road so it wouldn't catch things on fire. Lit it, and it just sat there burning like a candle. How boring! Then a car with two elderly people drove up and stopped, looking at what was in their path, with us kids watching it intently (I wouldn't have driven into it either!) I decided we should put it out so the people could drive on their way. So I went out and stomped on the thing. Bad idea. The gas went everywhere and the road was afire. With me in the middle of it. Somehow I managed to escape without any burns what-so-ever. A miracle. Eventually the road fire died out, and the old people just slowly drove on their way, shaking their heads at us.
 

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Quick give those kids a pocket knife and a lighter. Better yet, find the poster and send those kids some real slingshots.

Lets me honest with ourselves, this was awesome! In our nanny state of "think of the children" and video game hypnosis. I'm glad to see boys outside, making stuff, and having fun. If I was a kid, looks like a good crew to run with. They aren't over the top fools like we see some teenagers are on the evening news. Just some fun.
I'm with you on this one mate, you only have to look at a country like England to see what happens when it all goes too far...
 

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If my kids want to play with expensive camera gear, fire, or slingshots fine. Just not at the same time. And Daddy has to play too.
 

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Oh God..when I think of stupid things I did as a kid, I'm lucky to be alive. Don't even know if I should start at Pyromania, explosives, guns, slingshots or just random ****. I turned out to be a good guy though and now when I look at my son, I can tell what he's thinking before he does it. But I'm always there to stop it!
 

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lol yes this is asking for trouble! ( I was waiting for the kid holding the paper to get it . luckily it didn't happen)

RecurveMaster and I let the kids shoot but only with us outside with them and after we go over all the rules. They love it. We instill in them that as fun as it may be, it is still a weapon and there are safety rules that come along with them. I would much rather them be outside playing and having fun with us than inside the house playing video games. (which by the way they love those too lol) boys love this stuff and as long as we teach them the dangers along with the fun i see no harm. (Though accidents happen and as the mom there is always that flinching moment lol)
 

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lol yes this is asking for trouble! ( I was waiting for the kid holding the paper to get it . luckily it didn't happen)

RecurveMaster and I let the kids shoot but only with us outside with them and after we go over all the rules. They love it. We instill in them that as fun as it may be, it is still a weapon and there are safety rules that come along with them. I would much rather them be outside playing and having fun with us than inside the house playing video games. (which by the way they love those too lol) boys love this stuff and as long as we teach them the dangers along with the fun i see no harm. (Though accidents happen and as the mom there is always that flinching moment lol)
That's how it should be - I wish there were more sensibly-minded parents out there like you!
 
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