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Old January 28, 2020, 03:00 AM   #18
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That is exactly how the phrase ....."zip gun" originated.
I rather doubt that.

Ever see a 1950/60s car with a wire coathanger for a radio antenna? One of he sections of the multi sectional telescoping radio antennas on several 50s and 60s cars was a perfect "barrel" for a .22 zip gun.

Online Mirriam Webster says first use of the term "zip gun" as a crude homemade pistol was 1950. Wiki says zip ties were invented in 1958 (and were metal)

So I rather doubt they were called zip guns because people found zip ties in the barrel. If you were being sarcastic or tongue in cheek humorous, I missed it.

That's what we have the smilies for,
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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