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Alphabetic Morse bullets

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Tracer bullets are well known, and have a bright-burning pyrotechnic composition in their base, which is ignited upon firing.

But what if, rather than wanting to kill the other person, you merely want to invite them over for a G&T or a late- night game of Dab the Badger?

Wonder no more! MaxCo. is proud to introduce its Alphabetic Morse bullets, available in all popular calibres.

Each such bullet has a letter of the alphabet (as far as I know, there are no other letters) printed on its side. It also contains a pyrotechnic charge in its base, but this charge consists of alternating layers of pyrotechnic material and darkly-burning material. The thickness and disposition of these layers is such that the corresponding letter is spelled out in Morse tracery as the bullet flies.

A correctly-loaded handgun will be able to spell only two or three words before reloading. However, more ambitious communicators can use belt-fed ammo - carefully proof- read before firing - to convey the most circumlocutious of messages.

MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 20 2016

And thanks to [smendler] for the inspiration. Pyrotechnic_20Bullets
[MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 20 2016]


       If you shot alternating marshmallow- and chocolate-pellets punctuated by graham crackers, it would be S'Morse.
jutta, Apr 20 2016

       "LEAVE ... OUR ... AIRSPACE ... NOW"
8th of 7, Apr 20 2016

       I suspect your Third Armored Tactical Confectionary batallion may be taking the initiative in that one, [Jutta]...
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 20 2016

       //... a letter of the alphabet (as far as I know, there are no other letters) ...//   

       Fun fact : The ampersand was at one point commonly included in the alphabet, being appended after 'z'. This is how it acquired its name, as reciting the alphabet would end "...X, Y, Z and per se and" (meaning - and by itself, and).   

       And per se and does have a de-facto Morse code-point, so you could include it in your ammo - which would be handy for the G&T use-case.
Loris, Apr 20 2016

       With the fifteen round magazine in the Glock I could do a Clint Eastwood -   

       " Duck you suckers "
normzone, Apr 20 2016

       Better than trying "SO DO YOU FEEL LUCK "
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 20 2016

       " Describe in seven-round bursts only the good things that come into your mind about... your mother. "
8th of 7, Apr 20 2016

       Same thing. They're just questions, [Ian]. In answer to your query, they're written down for us. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?
8th of 7, Apr 20 2016

       I was ready with a bun for the title. But I hold Max to a higher standard. Still; bun. Awarded after I recovered my eyesight following "s'morse".
bungston, Apr 20 2016

       //I hold Max to a higher standard.// To paraphrase the late, great Douglas Adams: "I love standards. I like the squeaking noise they make as they slip."
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 20 2016

       " If you shot alternating marshmallow- and chocolate-pellets punctuated by graham crackers, it would be S'Morse. "   

       It should go without saying that that one is   

normzone, Apr 20 2016


       "He's a bit of a crawler, Moriarty"   

8th of 7, Apr 20 2016

       Ha ha. Enjoy stalking, [eddie]. A small amount of research here on the hb will give you my home address.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 20 2018

       Well, I can't say I've ever heard of Edgar Broughton. Do try to keep up.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 20 2018


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