This video caught my eye because of the caption above: “Dangerous . . . useless . . . ridiculous . . . but pure fun.” Joerg’s maniacal laugh certainly gives credence to his description of his crazy Clothespins Steel Dart Machine Gun. It also highlights one of the key strategic advantages enjoyed by gun rights advocates: guns are fun. They’re a hoot. They tap into our instinctive desire to . . . hunt? Blow sh*t up? Multiply our personal force by several orders of magnitude? Dunno . . .

But one thing I do know: guns put a smile on the faces of millions of people. What do the antis offer? An intellectual solution to perceived danger. We can and do argue with them on that level. But at the end of the day we can instruct newbies, fence straddlers and open-minded antis (i.e. unicorns) on the four safety rules, put a firearm in their hands and watch as funpowder lights-up their brain’s nucleus accumbens.

Yeah, it’s that good. And thank God for that.

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26 Responses to This is the Clothespins Steel Dart Machine Gun Video You’re Looking For

  1. “Dangerous . . . useless . . . ridiculous . . . but pure fun.” That’s pretty much what my first ex-wife said about me in open court.

      • Yeah that one was ridiculously dangerous and practically all at the same time. As far as to straight up funny I would have to go with the Condom Applicator. He had it right when he said that mens 2 favorite things are “Sex and Guns so why not combine the two”. I was Laughing so hard at that one. Haha

  2. ‘We forbade them weapons, and they soon began to fashion their own.’

    Videos like this often remind me of that quote from a Star Trek movie. Specifically Star Trek V. It’s a little quip from one of the bureaucrats in charge of a ‘plant of peace’ where three empires had a stake on this rather inhospitable little rock in the middle of nowhere. There was some strife and violence so the government decided to ‘fix’ the problem by banning weapons. It worked about as well as it does here in the real world.

    • I find it interesting that an older movie would address it that way, showing the inevitable conclusion of the population fashioning their own weapons…

      Can probably be sure that’s not how the storyline would go if the movie were written today.

  3. “What do the antis offer? An intellectual intellectually bankrupt solution to perceived danger.” (FIFY)

    Meanwhile, we have an answer to said danger (whether real or perceived) that’s both rational AND one of the funnest things you’ll ever do with your clothes on. Both ways, gun people win.

    And Joerg Sprave is the man. That dude is a legitimate mad scientist.

  4. He seems to apply a lot of pressure to the release lever… I’m thinking if he had a hard stop before it bottomed out on the wheel he could improve his accuracy… just a thought.

  5. It’s damn scary at the innovation. It’s also scary the Germans could have won the war. They made the Allies play catch up until we actually did.

    Your paperz pleaze…

    • Not really, for two reasons.

      First, the Germans made critical blunders. Their biggest strategic one was invading Russia. That turned into a black hole for men and equipment. On the tactical level, they neglected to take out British radar during the Battle of Britain. Radar was what enabled the British to make efficient use of their far smaller fighter force. The Germans left their most experienced air crew in combat until their luck ran out. Their inexperienced replacements were dog meat. Allied air crew were routinely rotated back to give trainees the benefit of the most up to date combat tactics. German R&D was good but they had a habit of designing overly complex systems that took too long to manufacture and were hard to maintain in the field. The V2 rocket was a stunning technical achievement that had negligible effect on the British war effort. The Me 262 was the best fighter of the war but never produced in enough quantities to beat back the waves of B17s and B24s.

      Second, Germany’s industrial capacity was dwarfed by that of the US especially after the US converted from a peacetime civilian economy to a wartime military economy. The US simply out produced the Germans.

      • The Me 262 was the best fighter?

        It had no legs and that turbine had a TBO of maybe 50 hours if they were fortunate.

        The only thing the 262 had was speed.

        The ’38 had very long range with drop tanks. It was also fast and heavily gunned.

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