And now it all gets fun.
How’s everyone doing? Shit is a whirlwind here. But a good one. Life is good! Or at least better than the alternative.
…um, not to nitpick or anything, but shouldn’t that be “Alex Boxer”?
…or are you fuckin’ with us again? :)P
What‽‽‽ You missed the wedding arc?
OK, so apparently I read this several hours after the rest of you (and I’m still on my first morning coffee) and it looks like “Alex Boxer” to me. Did J. make a boo-boo and then fix it?
…I doubt he’ll own up to it without blackmail pictures, but the strip originally went live with “Alex Berdan” in the second panel.
Heh. I havent heard this song since my young club days. Good memories!
It’s either that asshole barista or Alex’s ex from Top Shot…. I knew it.
I’m going with the psycho ex.
I’ll take that action, I’m onboard with the barista.
I’ll drop the longshot. It was both. The barista is the psycho-ex’s cousin or nephew or something.
Some bets pay off in warm fuzzies.
Napkin? Do I even want to know?
Sure you do.
He’s gonna yank it.
Nope. He doesn’t need to yank it. He already shot his wad at the part about the nutter in the truck confessing. That’s why he’s feeling benevolent.
Last name confusion. Run with it!
Sure, the ATF botched it in the paperwork. But they’ll blame the shop every time they visit to tour “paperwork alley” and want to talk to ‘Ms. Berdan’. Tom will overhear this, of course, and Mick will never live it down.
Part of me is wondering if the pipe bombs in the truck came as a surprise to the ex-asshole too…
I don’t think the pipe bombs they’re referring to were in the truck…. wasn’t Omar storing some up before he took off for his Vegas wedding? If they were in the shop, and not in the truck, then insurance may refuse to cover….
If Omar had left a stash of pipe bombs, they’d most likely have been made with gunpowder. A smokeless-powder pipe bomb wouldn’t do any more damage than a 5-lb canister of smokeless on the shelf next to it.
Excuse me? No more damage than a can designed to vent in the event of a fire?
In the given scenario, with the items in question located in a flammable storage room, the can of smokeless itself would do more damage than a pipe bomb of equivalent size. Why? Cause we’re talking structural damage, not personnel damage. The pipe bomb would give the powder time to fully combust, releasing the energy as hot vapor and metal shards. The smokeless will release its (equivalent energy) as still-combusting gas, which has the added damage factor of being able to initiate external combustion, which the pipe bomb almost certainly will not. Also, pipe bombs tend to have a bi-directional cone of shrapnel trajectory, making them extremely inefficient at being wide-are destructive, while the smokeless will burn everything around it. I’ve played with both. In a loosely confined space the smokeless by itself is worse. Pipe bombs suck, they’re actually one of the dumbest things to do with powder, even if an explosion is that which you seek.
Why assume a flammable storage room? Never seen a dealer who uses one for smokeless. Windows fail, venting a deflagration, minimizing damage from overpressure. Sprinklers pop and the whole flaming ball of participants thing becomes moot. Sure, there’s a hell of a fire load but much less dangerous to a firefighter in full bunker gear. Heck, the Fire Marshall hereabouts is good with ≤30# of smokeless stored in a residence.
Yah, pipe bombs are less than optimal but having been young and stupid, (as opposed to less young, still stupid now) I’ve seen the difference between throwing 1# of Unique into a fire in the original can v. in a piece of Schedule 80. I heartily discommend being anywhere within 100′ of the later. That whole detonation v. deflagration thing. . .
Good points. I smell a Mythbusters-like experiment in our future.
Yeah, and rifles/pistols with obstructed barrels don’t explode either.
As soon as modern smokeless gunpowder is no longer contained (say inside of a bursting pipe bomb) it ceases to explode and simply burns at a relatively slow pace. A true explosive doesn’t need containment for the explosion to continue.
That’s why smokeless powders are considered a propellant and NOT and explosive by the BATFE.
The BATFE is anything but benevolent. X(
I think the ATF agent is feeling benevolent because he had a fun weekend with the pound of weed confiscated from Sparkledark. No other reason the ATF would be benevolent, from what I hear.
You just nailed the real reason he’s wearing dark sunglasses!
I KNEW it!
WTF is up with that left breast pocket? Is is a quarter way into his arm pit. Is it some sort of weird ass derringer holster? Did he get too many titty twisters as a kid and keeps a ballistic plate there to prevent purple nurples?
Inquiring minds want to know!
His left shoulder was dislocated while wrestling a domestic terrorist (read as: some poor guy who had his rifle malfunction at the range and pop off an extra round when he released the trigger) to the ground. It never healed correctly, and it’s impolite of you to stare.
Darn. Really thought it was gonna be the Russian.
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