posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 08:14 PM
There is a thought on the smoke..and it comes with a short story so bear with me because it bears directly on this.
My grandfather had never fired a gun (One of them...the other was retired military..very different sides of the family). He always wanted to though
and pestered my father incessantly about it. My father, being a cop and an avid reloader, came up with a solution that was rather clever. Since my
grandfather had NEVER fired a gun, he had no clue what it should and shouldn't feel like. He had no clue what it should or shouldn't DO. He just
wanted the experience of shooting a real gun with real bullets. Okay......it's important to note here, my father didn't feel real comfy about
handing a loaded gun over in this situation to start with.
So... He went and loaded some blanks. A number of them. My grandfather didn't want any part of the work of it...like loading his own bolt action rile
from the top down. So he never saw what was ...or wasn't loaded. It made a HUGE bang, or so I was told (all a bit before I was old enough to know
anything). Since it was bolt action, there was no issue with blanks not cycling a semi-auto action (the only real dead giveaway for someone who
wouldn't know better) ....in the end and to the day he died, my Grandfather had real fond memories of that experience and bragged to people how he
got to shoot a 30-06 and had no problem! (Yeah... Umm... well... you see Grandpa... err...) No one ever told him the truth.
I've wondered what in God's name the SS would be doing allowing a President to fire a live weapon. 1:100,000 odds of an accident or mechanical
failure are 1 chance too many on most things ....unless it never was a danger to anyone ...and that IS a lot of smoke, isn't it?