Who REALLY is Public Enemy #1?

It’s important to be able to define it.




The Pieper ‘Eclipse Co.’ double gun, manufactured by Henri Pieper in Liège, Belgium for American export under the name Eclipse Company c.1900-1914. 10 gauge break action shotgun, 18″ twin barrels. A mainstay of American firearm retailers before the Great War, firing big black powder OO Buck cartridges. Lots of smoke, an ounce and a half of lead (or more), and designed not for fowling or big game, but for self-defense. It’s not an M-1 Thompson, a trench gun, or a monitor, but they were incredibly reliable and if you were the target, the business end of those 10 ga barrels looked like train tunnels.






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Before Musk & SpaceX, it was just sci-fi


  1. Public Enemy #1 is whomever the supposedly Hungarian Nazi who’s funding the downfall of America is.

    And throwing a big chunk of lead, or lots of smaller pieces, into someone’s face from a moving vehicle really does require either supernatural control or a snot-gun.

    As to SpaceX, they’ve done so much. Which is why Bezos is suing them every chance he gets. The wannabe-dictator piece of scum.

  2. In my youth I knew several families that had black powder shotguns that were family heirlooms. Exactly what memory fails but none were ever fired, to my knowledge. One had “Damascus” barrels.

    What struck my young and impressionable mind was how intimidating they were just to look at and hold.

  3. Poverty exists because we can’t satisfy the rich? Yes indeed, so where’s my bay window at Boodles?

    Before you rise up in wonder and say, in that curious tone of voice, “What, you don’t have one?” let me tell you this, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    “I shall return,” said a famous general. Go on, ask the monkey.

  4. I’ve never even seen a 10 gauge. I remember a quote from Chuck Hawks’ website about self-defewnse loads for shotguns, in which he considered 410, 20, 12, and 10 gauage guns, and slugs vs shot.

    His quote about ammo said “Yow! If you have a 10 gauge, use whatever the hell you want”….

        • These days, I’m a Benelli shooter for moving lead and a Browning shooter for birds, but I have a real appreciation for the Ithica pump-action – trench gun, really.

          • I’m not much of a shotgunner but I have two. My first is an 870 Wingmaster duck gun. It is retired now. (If I ever go duck hunting again it will be TOO SOON.) I thought about repurposing it as a defense gun but never got around to it.
            The other is a 50s-vintage Stevens 620A that I converted to a Trench Gun replica.

  5. The double barrel 10 gauge is the perfect solution to a Master Lock. Oh the lock survives just fine, it’s just that the shotgun takes the door right off the hinges. Speaking of Master Lock, anyone remember this commercial?–


    The shooter is Jim Bell, whom I had the good fortune to get to know over the course of many rifle matches and gun shows.

    • That commercial strips some years away. I’d forgotten about it. But your analysis of the 10 ga. on the lock/mechanism is accurate. If there is no hasp, the lock’s capacity to keep it locked doesn’t matter.

      • l question those commercials. I had two experiences with Master Locks and guns. One was a rusted shut lock on a farm gate on one of my brother-in-law’s properties in West Virginia. He shot it with his trusty Colt .45 ACP because he doesn’t use anything else. It rattled the lock but the lock stayed intact. “You try Michael”, so I shot it with my Ruger Blackhawk, .41 Mag, 170 grain, and the lock blew up. Velocity matters.
        The other incident, same brother-in-law, involved a locked gate and his sighting down the barrel of his Winchester Model 70. .270 Win, (the man loves the classics), and hitting the lock and blowing it up. He was shooting 150 grain soft point hunting rounds, if that matters.
        There was also an old ad where a man shot a Master Lock with a .44 Mag and it held together. So maybe the old internet adage “Your results may differ” applies. (Deplorabe Mikey in Florida)

  6. I’ve played a bit with black powder shotguns in the past, though mine was a 12 rather than a 10. Lots of smoke and the sound of BP going off was something I enjoyed as well.

  7. I’ve got a Ithaca Flues grade2 in 10 gauge. It originally had 32” barrels but the end of the barrels were severely damaged with very deep pitting like it had been sitting in a bucket of water muzzles down. Anyway I had them cut down to 24” and had the rib re done. It was made in 1919 so it can shoot smokeless powder shells and I have loaded my own on the light side to shoot a few times.Very nice shotgun but not so nice to shoot.

  8. I’m a huge fan of shotguns. They’re absolutely devastating at close range, and with some training and a few accessories on them, they’re a “Must Have” for home defense.

    You just gotta keep them fed, and that’s where the training helps.

  9. Might I suggest a Remington 870 3″ pump shotgun? Put a 21 inch factory barrel with rifle sights. It comes set up for Rem-Chokes so add full choke. Now you have a shotgun that will put buckshot on a paper plate at 40-50 yards. From there in the bad guy is in heaps of trouble, or just a heap!

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