May 082012

Two guys firing a punt gun on land

Manufacturer:  Many manufacturers, many homemade.

Years Active: 19th-20th centuries.  Some sporting use in 21st.

Type: Extremely large breech-loaded  shotgun.

Length: Around 10 feet long.

Bore: 50 mm or greater.

Use: Rapid harvesting of large flocks of water fowl for commercial consumption.  Could kill 50 or more birds at a shot.

Ammunition:  Special paper or brass cartridges.  Some containing a pound of shot!

Legalilty:  Not legal for hunting in the US.  Bore size limited in the UK.

Trivia:  The name punt comes from the flat bottomed boats these guns were often fired from.

Punt gun fried from punt

Dec 152011
Predator Drone

MQ-9 Reaper Taking Off






Manufacturer:  General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego)

Model:  General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Formerly Predator B)

Type: Unmanned combat air vehicle

Introduced: May 1, 2007

Payload: 3,800 lbs

Engine: 950 hp turboprop

Range: 3,200 nautical miles and 50,000 ft

Max Speed: 300 mph

Cost: $30 million/plane  ($154 million for system including 4 aircraft)

Number Built: 57

Used By: United States,  United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy

Trivia:  U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley said, “We’ve moved from using UAVs primarily in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance roles before Operation Iraqi Freedom, to a true hunter-killer role with the Reaper.”

MQ-9 Reaper Flying