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The Box o' Truth does Rock Salt

November 2nd, 2006 (01:10 pm)
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Gun-geekery and SUPERNATURAL collide, as one of my favorite gun-nut sites, The Box o’ Truth, takes a look at rock salt loads. Sam and Dean use them against demons a lot, and on one memorable occasion, Dean shoots Sam in the chest with a load of rock salt at very close range (with a line to the effect that it won’t kill him, but it’ll hurt like hell).

I’ve always been curious about rock salt loads. They’re a staple of movies and TV, with cantankerous old folks peppering rowdy teenagers and the like. Children of the eighties will recall Tanya Roberts, in A View to a Kill, providing Roger Moore’s James Bond with a shotgun that he uses to shoot a bad guy to no effect. (MOORE. “What’s this loaded with?” ROBERTS. “Rock salt.” MOORE. “Now you tell me!”) But when it comes to guns, I am, like Robert Ruark’s Old Man, a damned old maid, and the idea of home-brewed “less than lethal” ammo makes me a little queasy. It seems to me to make the idea of pointing a gun at somebody else into a casual affair, which it isn’t and shouldn’t ever be. Plus, accidents happen, and shells can get mixed up, and… yeah. But it’s a great idea for ghost-fighting.

You can always count on TBOT’s Old_Painless for an interesting range report, and I recommend his post to fanfic writers looking for a little color to throw into SPN stories. He explains how to make rock salt loads, what effect they have, and how to clean the gun after use. (Salt can corrode the weapon. You don’t want that.)

You’ll note that Old_Painless says that after the shooting was done, he and his friend Tman “broke out the Tampax.” Tampax? Yes. As Old_Painless reminds us, feminine products are terrific for cleaning 12-gauge shotguns.

(That’d be a cute bit to throw into an SPN fic, actually. You could go a couple of ways with it: Dean buying tampons in bulk, and Sam squirming with embarrassment at the counter as the cute shopgirl rings Dean up, or looks at him in extreme punishment. Or the guys have an enforced stay at the Roadhouse, and Dean is made extremely uncomfortable by feminine products, until Ellen shows him how useful they are for cleaning shotguns.)


Posted by: Lucy (cereta)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)

Ya know, given that very little impresses women like a man who will actually go buy their feminine products for them (and get the right kind!), I could so see Dean picking up the cute shop girl by saying that yeah, these are for his sister, and so's the chocolate, poor kid's having a rough one, and hey, what time do you get off work?

And Sam, who has genuinely bought products for Jess and was never able not to blush when the checkout person scanned them, would glare at him a really lot.

Posted by: peeps wanna see peeps boink (musesfool)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)

You should totally write that.

*enables encourages*

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)

Hell, I would read that. That'd be fantastic.

(And, um, great link, David. I read it with fascinated interest. And now many scenes that never bothered me before will niggle at the back of my accuracy-obsessed brain. So thank you. I think.)

Posted by: riah_chan (riah_chan)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)

I remember being about five or six and my dad explaining to me about getting shot with rock salt when he was my age (he was stealing corn from the neighbor's field.)

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