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Old January 21, 2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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What do you hunt camels with

A camel gun!
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Old January 21, 2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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Beautiful! Is it an original?
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Old January 21, 2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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That it is. Circa 1730
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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That is wild! Does it work?
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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We used M110a2's .....
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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Ugly but neat.
To answer your question, add, a clothespin on the nose.
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Old January 23, 2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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We used M110a2's .....
& we used Lee-Enfields. Nice to see the old traditions didn't die with the next generation!
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Old January 23, 2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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Neat gun! I don't think I have ever seen one like that.
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Old January 23, 2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Same thing you hunt cows with.
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Old January 23, 2012, 12:54 PM   #10
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I hunt cows with a fork and knife!
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Old January 23, 2012, 02:12 PM   #11
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Arab's?
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Old January 23, 2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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sings- "Ay-rab had a camel named Clyde, Nobody knows how the poor boy died....."/sings

....Now, we know.....
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Old January 24, 2012, 10:49 AM   #13
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That's cool.

I use this Syrian Mauser camel killer.

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Old January 24, 2012, 01:17 PM   #14
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At this time it is completely functional mechanically, but the wood is so old I am scared to fool with it much do to its length and very thin opening in the stock where the firing mechanism goes in the stock and neck on the front of the stock. The large butt is designed not to sink in the sand when loading from the camel's back and the length (5 feet 10 in.) also helps. It is arab made.
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Old January 24, 2012, 05:30 PM   #15
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Arab's?
Same. A Lee-Enfield works for both equally well.
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Old January 25, 2012, 07:57 AM   #16
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When I worked at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, we had a considerable number of mounts donated from the estate of Herb Klein, a fairly noteworthy Dallas hunter back in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and until until 1975.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=7175,3183583

Along with the mounts came a lot of Klein's photographs from his trips around the world which included various places in Africa, India, and Iran, Pakistan (that I can recall that were labelled). Several of the latter three showed the locals with their guns that weren't all that different from the OP's camel gun. Some were identified by manufacturer or country of origin and all were individually decorated. What made the guns interesting was they they spanning the entire spectrum of British Colonialism in the region and were still in use, handed down generation after generation.

Sort of like with the OP's camel gun, we might not consider the personalized decoration to be very pretty, but they were considered very beautiful by the people who used them and were symbols of pride and status.
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Old January 25, 2012, 09:48 AM   #17
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Is that copyrighted material? Just kidding spy!
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Old January 25, 2012, 03:59 PM   #18
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Actually, yes, the images are owned by the museum. Notice I didn't post any here?
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Old January 25, 2012, 04:53 PM   #19
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When I started work in the 80's for the family owned transmission company I retired from a couple years ago, the most previous CEO (John Batten) had just died and the family sold his multi-million dollar gun collection to H&H in Britain. (He was on their board of advisors). He was a famous sheep hunter (amoung other things) and the NRA magazine had a full page article on him.

In any case when I started the whole huge factory was crating up his thousands of guns for the shipment over seas. He had the old Spanish muskets unfired and most every desireable collectors firearm on earth.

It was something to see. Sorry for rambling on. Spy, check your PM's.

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Old January 26, 2012, 07:42 AM   #20
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One of those old Middle Eastern flinklocks appeared in an obscure war movie called "The Beast," which was set in Afganistan during the Soviet invasion. The "Beast" in the title referred to a tank and most of the characters are the tank crewmen. The movie depicts, among other things, some brutal behavior towards Afgan villagers, things Americans certainly would never do. An old villager attempts to shoot at the Russians with his old flintlock but it doesn't go off. The Russians' guns do.

One of the Russian tankers is a good guy, if not exactly a hero. Only he escapes (last man out by helicopter), taking with him the old flintlock. The village women manage to destroy the tank.

Of all places, the movie was filmed in Israel.
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Old February 2, 2012, 07:11 AM   #21
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Hunt camels? hmm

I hear tell the millitary uses A10 warthogs lol
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Old February 5, 2012, 12:28 PM   #22
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The same thing I hunt Marlboros, Pall Malls, King Edwards, and Swisher Sweets with, a Zippo or Bic.
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Old February 10, 2012, 03:20 PM   #23
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Pretty neat gun. I didn't even realize anybody hunted camels.
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Old March 2, 2012, 12:53 AM   #24
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They're called Jezails. A Jezail (to demonstrate the singular) is usually handmade. There are still groups in rural Afghanistan that make and use them, as well as in India. The crazy thing is that traditionally, they make everything themselves. The barrel, the lock, etc. The people who use them today still make their own POWDER. How cool is that!

You reloaders can cast your own bullets, but making your own powder is how real men do it.

They're were also usually designed for warfare rather than hunting, therefore they typically are larger caliber (.50 - .75).

I love Jezails. They have a really cool history.

EDIT - here's wiki link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jezail
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Old March 2, 2012, 01:52 PM   #25
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They do in Australia. There's a rather serious feral camel problem in the Northern Territory.
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