A D C Ranford

Here's a neat little device that can launch a 2 lb. pipe bomb 100 yards or more, depending upon the thrower. Use a pipe bomb with a 10-15 second fuse and tie a string 2-3 feet long around one end, as shown in Fig.I.

Using this method of launching, you shouldn't find it too difficult to throw accurately at surprisingly long distances. The grenade that wouldn't reach a nearby hill can now be thrown over1 the next one as well. There are several times when you'll need a grenade to reach something hidden behind cover where your rifle or shotgun cannot reach.

This launcher has the advantage of silence, Is cheap, and is simple to build and operate. This device requires a bit of practice In order to be used accurately and a little room is required to swing It. The correct throwing method is shown in Fig.2. If you are tali; perhaps the method I use, shown In Fig.3, will produce better results. The object is to swing It over your head like a cowboy swings a lasso, and by releasing the string at the right moment, get the pipe close enough to the target to destroy It. I prefer to swlng.lt along my side. For me,it gives better accuracy and more range, but It Is a matter of persona) preference.

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15 second fuse

2-1/2 foot of string

15 second fuse

2-1/2 foot of string

Fig.2 overhead throw


side throw

Flg.i* shows the advantages of an alrburst. When exploded in the air, the fragments and concussion can hit a man lying on the ground, where a groundburst would miss him.REMEMBER, always get under protection when using a p i pe bomb.

What kind of accuracy can you expect with this launching system7lwas able to hit a 2 foot square target after only a few practice throws at 50 yards. 1 can only throw the same pipe bomb the normal way about 25 yards. Some friends who stopped by to see what I was doing managed to throw the inert pipe bomb about 100 yards. Your performance will vary under different conditions and will Improve with practice. Use sand instead of explosives for the filler when practicing.


SIMPLE RELOADING & Special Purpose Ammo

J. Richard Kbung

Part I


Many readers will probably wonder if material dealing with reloading belongs in this magazine of improvised weaponry. The answer is yes. All firearms, either bought or made by you, need ammunition in one form or another.Many of you who have read Mel Tappan's book, Survival Guns, probably tealize that a time may come when we will need large quantities of ammunition. Many of us, including me, cannot afford to purchase large quantities of ammunition for practice and to stockpile for when that time may come,If you run out, where will you buy ammo when a crisis is on?

A five dollar Lyman manual, ten dollar Lee Loader, and powder,primers, and bullets for a hundred rounds of ammo will all cost about the same as buying a hundred rounds of factory ammo. Begining Reloadlng:

Please, if you are going to improvise ammunition for conventional firearms, buy or borrow a copy of Lyman Reloading Handbook for Rifle, Pistol. ShotsheI I and Muzzle Loading. The cost Is around $5. It is not the cheapest, but it is the best. You can get it from most gun-shops and sporting goods stores.

Reloading is no deep, dark secret. If you obey the rules it is much safer than running a lawn mower. I have reloaded tens of thousands of rounds of conventional ammunition. .It is much cheaper and better than factory ammo. I have also designed and loaded thousands of rounds of special purpose ammunition. 1 have yet to have an accident.

Never touch the powder or the face of the primer with your fingers. No matter how clean or dry they are, they still have enough body oil on them to ruin the primer and affect the powder.

To store handmade ammunition more then one yeai, buy a small can of red Lacquer paint. With a small artist brush paint a coat of lacquer around the primer and the bullet where it goes into the case. Your ammunition Is now waterproofed Just like military anvnunitlon and will for years.

I have taught dozens of people how to reload in a few minutes. If you are interested then seek out a small gun shop in your area. Almost wi thout exception the people are very helpful at these small shops. They sincerely try to help you solve any problems. Start out with a Lee Loader. They are complete except for a plastic mallet, cost a-round $10 and turn out very good ammo, although they are slow.

Bench press equipment can make jacketed bullets and change cartridge cases from one caliber Lo a-nother. A 30-06 case can be made into 21 other different military and commercial cartridges. Bench equipment Is 5-10 times faster at reloading than Lee Loaders.

Now that you have read the book from Lyman and understand the basics of reloading and reading signs of pressure,you can start designing your own special purpose ammunition. Remember that small and large pistol primers are the same size as small and large rifle primers. Pistol primers will show signs of pressure faster than rifle primers because the metal cap Is thinner and softer. Remember this when improvising goodies using primers. Pistol primers take much less Impact to set them off than rifle primer6. Buy a box of shotgun primers at your gun shop. They cost about $1.50. They improvise Into fantastic goodies that work by impact.

Unless you intend to commit suicide, your inventions are less than useless if they get you killed inventing them. Read Lymans book before tampering with or making any ammunition. Learn how to be safe. Test everything by remote control. Tie fishing line or stout string to the trigger. Tie or sandbag the firearm down. Stand behind a tree or something while jerking the line. Stay alive. Examine the fired rounds Tui sign of too much pressure as described by Lyman. Part I I Bui lets:

Now that you have learned the basics it is time to get into experimenting with homemade bullets.

To learn the basics of bullet making it is best at this point to buy a Lee hold complete for about $10 or a set of Lyman blocks and handles, which in my opinion is far better, for about $18. Some people prefer the lee mold. R.C.B.S. and Ohas also make molds. The instructions with the molds are excellent. I molded excellent bullets for two years without the accessories. Use a large spoon to stir and pour the lead* Tape the handle or put wood on it because it gets very hot very fast. Use any old pan found in the kitchen to melt the lead in on the stove or use a wood fire. KEEP ALL

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