You never know what will turn up in a pawn shop...

You never know what will turn up in a pawn shop...

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    You never know what will turn up in a pawn shop...

    This was right up the road from me. A local pawn shop had to bring in the army to dispose of a live mortar round someone brought in.

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    So many questions.....
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    Ive been wondering where I put that.
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    Wow the guy had no idea what he had.
    We almost had another Darwin moment here.
    I think a half a mile from any homes is a safe distance to detonate the mortar.
    I would have liked to see that.
    I love big bangs.
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    Following the detonation, several people on social media questioned the decision to perform the operation at that location, which is less than half of a mile away from several residences.
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    Times would have to be pretty hard for me to start pawning my medium weight ordnance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
    Wow the guy had no idea what he had.
    We almost had another Darwin moment here.
    I think a half a mile from any homes is a safe distance to detonate the mortar.
    I would have liked to see that.
    I love big bangs.
    Im sure people on social media watched a movie where a bomb cleared out a city block and now they are all experts on SDZs.
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    Remember this one ? These guys ought to get together...

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    He is extremely lucky it did not go off while he had it; live munitions are nothing to toy with. Flew with another engineer at Travis who only had a thumb and three fingers on his right hand, he lost the other finger when a 20MM HEI rolled off a table and detonated when it hit the floor.
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    The mortar was safely detonated inside of a containment device shortly after 11 p.m. Reports came in that the loud boom could be heard as far away as Campbell.


    A small crater was visible at the back end of the property on Tuesday morning.


    Following the detonation, several people on social media questioned the decision to perform the operation at that location, which is less than half of a mile away from several residences. A request for comment on that decision had not been returned as of Tuesday morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMinSC View Post
    Times would have to be pretty hard for me to start pawning my medium weight ordnance.
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    So you are saying it is no longer available?
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    Should have saved it for the 4th of July?
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    From the size of the crater I'd guess it was a small 60mm. My 81mm made bigger holes than that. Never having been trained with mortars, I found myself to be the last one on the mortar team who'd ever fired one when the TET offensive began. The rest of the team had rotated home. Being the only guy with any experience at all, they would wake me up every hour throughout the night to fire a HE round anywhere I wanted into the tree lines. I wasn't allowed to leave the pits. I was brought food for almost two weeks iirr. So I learned by experiment playing with elevation and powder charge. Once I got the trajectory and range I wanted, I left a few set up that way out in the open and went back to sleep for an hour. Guess what 85% humidity does to the powder bags on a mortar round. The next one out the tube had that sick, weak sound of one that is not going far. I've seen 81's hanging off the edge of the tube. I've learned to hate that sound. Anyway this 60mm made it over the wall, just past the corner bunker and hit maybe 30 yards from their position. I don't think I've ever felt worse in my life. Luckily no one was hurt and this teenager learned another practical lesson about keeping your powder dry. Something I'd never even thought about before.

    Shortly thereafter, a major who had used them in the Dominican Republic set us up with aiming stakes and turned us into a crack team. We had two 60's and two 81's. I still have an old photo of a large pile of empty canisters we fired in the months after TET. During the 4th of July I still watch the trial of the round going up in the air just like I did with so many illumination rounds.
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    Over a decade ago now, but in my little town in MD. the police got a call about a rocket leaning against a telephone pole one night. It was a live AT4. Engineers blew it up in the landfill...Shame, we shoulda just fired it :)
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