When I came in, Kevin Dockery, former army armorer (the last army armorer to make flints and cut glass), was discussing how there was at least one photo going around the internet with him pointing a flame thrower at Jack in the Box, Ronald McDonald, "holding them at broiler point."
Heh. So, yeah, that was fun.
We of course, had some amusing comments around his exhibit, "The Armory," of which there will be pictures later (they're on another device, so shoot me). They are guarded by men wearing red shirts. Which prompted the line "my redhisrts don't do go."
"Atlanta PD likes us; when you're carrying a 50 caliber machinegun down the street, and they offer to help you carry it, it's a nice offer, but no, I want their hands free to shoot."
There were some things Dockery wanted to point out. For example, that a flamethrower is not a fire arm. A fire arm requires propellant.
He went over a brief history of gunpower, which probably goes back to 800 AD, but it really took a thousand years to become the propellant that burns the right way.
Fun fact: if you touch, smell, handle, go anywhere near nitroglycerin (and aren't dead at the time), you will get a headache. It's one way to tell that it hurts.
Early hand grenades are in the 1880s, with a three pound cannon ball. And yes, it came with a grenade launcher.
I also heard about gyrojets.... which I barely caught anything about. But I'll probably half to do some research. Preferably not on Wikipedia.
Hmm, there's something missing here..... I know, how about videos of Dockery's people looking at weapons down in the armory!