Sunday, 6 November 2011

Crap Outdoors Pt4

I don't post every bit of ill-advised nonsense for the outdoorsman I see, just the exceptionally stupid examples. But when The Terrierman posted this, as soon as I stopped laughing, my first thought was "straight on the blog". As a HOOJ James Bond fan I've always loved gear that packs up small and assembles with a series of satisfying clicks. But really? A rifle-fishing rod combo? Really? As a rifle maybe, but by adding fishing functionality to it the designer has snatched crapness from the jaws cool-toy-ness.

There's more on The Firearms Blog

More soon


GoofyGirl said...

I know many (quite bad) fishermen that would love the hell outta that!
Imagine sitting there for hours waiting for a fish to end up on the line... you can see them swim by even, but no nibble... so the fisherman switches his fancy schmancy gadget from rod to gun...
"Oh yeah lil' fishy? Take THAT!" *kAbLaMo!* ... and fish nuggets will be served that night for dinner.
(Wait... aren't they called "Rod & Gun" Clubs for this very reason?! ;p )

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

As ever you're logic is irrefutable


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Although my use of the apostrophe still leaves a lot to be desired. Opps

sahil said...

Combining what doesn't need to be combined is what America does! Taco Bell and Pizza Hut combo restaurants. Labradoodles. And Crossover cars! But a reel and gun combo takes the cake. Maybe I can convince the inventor to make me a compound bow that's also a cell phone, so I can call up all of my friends when I get my first deer.. hands free.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Many people here sneer at american food, which to me falls into two camps: the excellent and the er 'overly combined' where the maker has felt that mother nature has perhaps stopped short. The most obvious example being apple pie. Personally I like the taste of apples, I like them so much I want to eat them on their own, not drowned in cinnamon. Which i also like, just not necessarily at the same time as I'm eating apples.

Your cell-pound bow sounds like a winner though!


Anonymous said...

At $425 plus import duty and VAT its a non-starter.

Besides I've already shot fish with a .22 and its nowhere near as much fun as catching them on a Hardy's smuggler.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

'Anonymous' Ha ha very good

hodgeman said...

Believe it or not, I've got a friend who was involved with the design of that thing.

Initially designed to meet FAA requirements to pack a "survival firearm" on aircraft operating in Alaska the concept was to accomplish it with as little weight as possible. He carries his on a dogsled while running his trapline.

Aside from the "ooh-ahh" factor, it has little appeal to me. If I think I might need a firearm to survive, then give me a full size rifle.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Funnily enough I was thinking of you as I wrote the post. One question raised by a commenter on The Firearms Blog is 'why are survival rifles always in .22 rimfire?' When for only a few grams more (across the rifle) you could double the weight of the projectile?

hodgeman said...

Don't know why all the survival rifles are .22LRs... but I suspect it has something to do with the economy of manufacturing the platform using relatively low pressure ammunition.

In WWII the USAF contracted a couple different aircrew survival rifles in .22 Hornet- an altogether more sensible choice IMHO. Also saw a prototype in .45ACP...not sure about that one.

While not a "survival rifle"- when I'm in camp for several days I take along a "knockabout" .410 single barrel for inexpensive camp meat procurement...same principle though.