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Jun 30th, 2015 at 1:50pm
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My mate and I both owned 22 slug guns and our houses faced each other across my dad's paddock approx 100 yards apart. We used to stand facing each other and allowing for the pellet drop had turns shooting at each other. Very rare to actually hit each other but the odd time we did it stung like shit and left a damn good bruise. Standing in front of the house with pellets pinging all around was a hoot! What stopped this silly game was my mates dad walking out behind him through the ranch slider, coffee in hand just as I fired off a round - hit him right in the kneecap making him spill his coffee all over himself. I could hear him bellowing from 100 yards away so bolted for the protection of my tree hut leaving the gun behind where I dropped it. Not great timing as dad just arrived home from the work at the Abbys as my mates dad came storming up to the house fair ranting and raving he was. I refused to come down to get a hiding from the tree hut so dad started his chainsaw and started to cut down the tree. Boy did that get me down in a hurry! Wasnt until years later I realised how empty the threat was of cutting down the tree as was a 60 year old Mac that had about a 10 foot girth and dad's chainsaw was an Echo with about a 12-14 inch bar. I think by memory I was about 10-11 at the time.

  
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Reply #1 - Jun 30th, 2015 at 2:44pm
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Seems weve got a bit in common there Goat.

Both myself and two younger brothers had hospital visits to get slugs out of feet and bums etc.

Shot a mina bird on the neighbours roof one day and said neighbour came out in full police uniform. Made me get up and retrieve it. Then a show and tell with the old man.

No pocket money and a few weekends painting the guys fence fixed that one. Strangly still allowed to keep the slug gun though. Smiley
  

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Reply #2 - Jun 30th, 2015 at 6:12pm
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i remember tryn to punch a hole in a .22 round with a hammer and nail, tryn to make a cool guy necklace,couldnt do it so i gave up, i think about it now and wonder why it didnt go off?
  
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Reply #3 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 9:49am
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We got a bit pickled at new years up bush and decided to throw box 22 bullets in the fire and hide behind short bits of corragated iron and sit round the fire waiting expectantly for them to go off. Took ages and most of us were peeping around the edge of our bits of iron before the shit the fan so to speak. First couple that hit the iron must have had something to push off, maybe ended up against bit of firewood, but went straight through the iron and scared the shit out of us. Most of us tossed the iron and gapped it but we all agreed from our hiding places in the scrub that only about 10-15 bullets max actually went off so ended up out in the dark for next 10 minutes until we figured must be safe again!
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 10:54am
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Family  sitting around the lounge fireplace when my 4 yr old little brother threw a pkt of .22s into the roaring fire, was a bit disappointed with the result really, a few fizzers and some pops, was a bit of ash etc spilled out, we all cautiously followed mum back in  a few minutes later, me holding a very hot left ear from the slapping, apparently it was my fault for leaving the cartridges laying about in my room. Grin
  
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Goat007 wrote on Jun 30th, 2015 at 1:50pm:
My mate and I both owned 22 slug guns and our houses faced each other across my dad's paddock approx 100 yards apart. We used to stand facing each other and allowing for the pellet drop had turns shooting at each other. Very rare to actually hit each other but the odd time we did it stung like shit and left a damn good bruise. Standing in front of the house with pellets pinging all around was a hoot! What stopped this silly game was my mates dad walking out behind him through the ranch slider, coffee in hand just as I fired off a round - hit him right in the kneecap making him spill his coffee all over himself. I could hear him bellowing from 100 yards away so bolted for the protection of my tree hut leaving the gun behind where I dropped it. Not great timing as dad just arrived home from the work at the Abbys as my mates dad came storming up to the house fair ranting and raving he was. I refused to come down to get a hiding from the tree hut so dad started his chainsaw and started to cut down the tree. Boy did that get me down in a hurry! Wasnt until years later I realised how empty the threat was of cutting down the tree as was a 60 year old Mac that had about a 10 foot girth and dad's chainsaw was an Echo with about a 12-14 inch bar. I think by memory I was about 10-11 at the time.





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Reply #6 - Jul 4th, 2015 at 10:49am
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It would be rude of me to sit here wetting my pants and not add. 10-12 years old my friend and i just knew enough to be dangerous. We had been shooting shit with a slug pistol and had a few co2 empties so as you do we made bombs out of them. We half filled them with the old mans shotgun powder, added a wick and crimped. We blew some huge holes in a clay face (neat) then we tossed one into the 44gallon workshop rubbish drum. Well shrapnel cut right through the drum and flew all around us, and we half caught the workshop on fire. We didnt need a telling off as we knew how lucky we had been
  
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sika sneaker wrote on Jul 4th, 2015 at 10:49am:
It would be rude of me to sit here wetting my pants and not add. 10-12 years old my friend and i just knew enough to be dangerous. We had been shooting shit with a slug pistol and had a few co2 empties so as you do we made bombs out of them. We half filled them with the old mans shotgun powder, added a wick and crimped. We blew some huge holes in a clay face (neat) then we tossed one into the 44gallon workshop rubbish drum. Well shrapnel cut right through the drum and flew all around us, and we half caught the workshop on fire. We didnt need a telling off as we knew how lucky we had been


Haha, I somehow got wind of the fact you could make explosives from diesel and super phosphate fertiliser so I spent days and days pinching diesel out of my dads farm diesel tank and hiding down in the forestry behind our house trying to get an explosion.... Finally on one day I had an ice cream container full of a brew I made up and it actually exploded....... Made the biggest BOOOOM I ever heard and the gorse bush I put it under disappeared, along with about half a ton of dirt, left a huge crater in the ground and an even bigger cloud of black smoke in the air. When I went back to the house dad asked me if I heard a big boom, denied I heard anything, but my face that was plastered in dirt from the crater my bomb made told a different story, I thought I had got away with it but years later dad told me he knew it was me.
  
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Reply #8 - Jul 6th, 2015 at 9:41am
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Another one of our not so clever idea's was as we were driving up the Kaurarapaoa Road looking for a veni dumb enough to stand still for us to shoot from the car window (getting worse by the minute but we were only 15-16) Anyway, our favourite method was to get prepared at "Hot Spots" and the passenger with the rifle, normally a semi auto 22 for quietness and heaps of repeat shots, would put his feet on the seat, bum on the window opening, and rest his arm and shoulder on the roof ready to shoot. I might add that we had great success using this method and very rarely went home without a deer or two. Anyway this particular day we had our younger cousin along and he was designated the shooter and was set up in shooting position on passengers side. As I drove around the corner I saw a overhanging tree on side of the road and thought, or didnt, what the hell and swung the car onto the verge and under the tree. I was expecting cursing etc but wasnt expecting my young cousin being ripped out the window, gun included of course and dumped on his arse on the road verge. Shit we were pissing ourselves in the car and thought that was the funniest thing we had seen. He came storming up to the car ranting about us being right bastards and pointing to the numerous scratches on his face. As he jumped back into the car he must have had his finger on the trigger of the rifle and shot a hole clean through the floor of the car. That shut up the laughter there and then with the realisation that we had just had a close one - like I said at start of post - damn we got away with some dumb shit as kids.
  
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Reply #9 - Jul 6th, 2015 at 2:43pm
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OK heres another of mine.
Mate had a slug pistol that we drilled out the end of the barrel just deep enough to except a .22 bullet.
So we would load up the slug in the normal way and put a.22 in the end and the slug would fire off the .22.
I was holding it up for my shot when I fired. I think the casing of the .22 shared off and came back and sliced my knuckle up pretty good.
Off to hospital and got it stitched up.
Back to the sheep yards and we had a slug rifle and said pistol were we came up with the brain wave of pulling the small wooden seed heads of a shrub we found and most fitted ok.
So its shoot out at the OK carral and some how a normal slug got mixed into my ammo stash and I let it fly.
Well it was an awesum shot, straight into my mates mouth.
Hit his lower lip and nearly knocked his tooth out.
Back up to the hospital and mate had to get his lip stitched up.
The nurse [same one that stitched me up] wanted to know what the hell we were up to.
We gave up after that.


  

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Reply #10 - Aug 9th, 2015 at 11:39pm
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A mate and I thought we'd do a bit of stunt shooting with our slug guns.The plan was hatched I'd shoot a water balloon out of his hand,piece of piss right.We weren't going to be stupid about it or anything lol,he was going to hold the balloon with a clothes peg,and I was going to use target slugs not the pointed hunting one's just in case I shot him,no chance of that though because I was going to be a sniper in the army lol.So with all safety precautions in place I go back to my mark line up on the balloon and squeeze the trigger.Aaaaaahhh f#*#*k you just shot my thumb you f###**ken ar#*ehole.F##k sorry mate lucky I only used the target slugs
  
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Reply #11 - Aug 13th, 2015 at 4:36pm
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Great thread!

When we were teenagers we group of us decided we would go camping.  Being too young to have guns to keep ourselves amused we decieded the next best was booze and explosives.  To that end everyone got tasked with asking their parents for some beer and one bloke got tasked with the explosives.

Explosive bloke went to the supermarket, read all the warning lables on the hairspray and brought a selection of the ones with the most warnings about being explosive.

On the beer front I knew it was hopeless so didn't bother asking my parents to buy any.  The best I could do was buy some liqueur ice cream with 2% alcohol.

The second guy could only get his parents to buy low alcohol beer.
The third bloke got the explosives so he was off the hook.
The fourth bloke hit the jackpot and got actual beer.

So we set up camp, put the beer in the creek and the parents came to check on us \ wish us well.  As soon as they left my excited mate (explosives bloke) decided to celebrate by throwning a hair spray can on the fire. BOOM! embers scattered all over one guys tent and the parents came streight back to find out what all the fuss was about.  Not being able to think up a credible excise all I could say was we put a hair spray can on the fire.  Much tutt tutting.

After we finally got rid of them we went to the creek to start our massive piss up only to find the beer had floated downstream.  Much walking until we finally found it.

Finally we had our combined ice cream\lite beer\beer piss up and much fun was had.  The highligh of the evening was discovering that you could actually light your farts on fire but you had to time it right and it was worth wearing underpants in order to avoid a scortched anus.

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We used to sneak dets and det cord from a mates old man, that had them.
After blowing holes in banks and stuff we moved on to better things. School holidays were spent shooting rats at the local tip, after a weeks work we had filled a 44 gal drum. And by now shooting with the slug guns had become a bit so so .... and maybe we had run out of pellets.

Someone had dropped off a lot of paint, and we found out it would burn. We trapped a live rat in a paint tin ( empty ) Poured paint all over a slab of timber, set it on fire and floating in the sewage pond next door to the dump.
Wicked up a det and a long fuse. Dropped it in the tin and jammed the lid back on, pushed it out onto the pond and waited for the ensuing detonation.
We thought we had all the bases covered, if the rat didnt blow up it would certainly die in the flames and if that didnt do it it would drown in the shit.

Tin went "BOOM" lid flew off, blew out flames, rat staggered out of tin, jumped into the water and swam to shore!!

Geez I hate rats 

Next mission was to paint our hut, nah not with paint brushes, we set  dets in an AGEE jar half filled with paint.

Excellent plan, "bang!" pink hut ..... yeah I know .....pink! Kinda worked but we got pissed off picking shards of glass out of our arse cheeks when we sat down. 
  
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A variation on  using a .177 air pellet as a firing pin was my attempt to discharge a 12g shotgun shell soldering wired to the end of the BSA Meteor and held in by the case holder from my old mans 12g reloading kit.
Down to the river, wire it up, squeeze the trigger and the intended target, a black back gull, squawks and flies away whilst the now bent and buggered air rifle smokes and smolders whilst I pick myself up from the "ass on the rocks" position the recoil induced.
Very un nerving.
  
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A couple for yah. First was when I somehow came to be in possession of a couple of .303 live rounds at the age of twelve. I found out that to make the things go off a sharpish pin had to hit the centre of that round thing at the back of the shell. I wanted to get the projectile so I could drill a hole in it to put on a string around my neck. (a cool necklace for a young kid at school) I clamped the bullet in the vice point down. (I didn't want to loose that projectile) Grabbed the hammer, and for some strange reason decided that I would hold the centre punch in a pair of pliers rather than my fingers. I smacked the punch into that round bit on the bum of the shell. Bits of brass flew around the place. My ears were ringing, the garage window by the workbench was broken, and I nearly crapped myself. The shock and the noise put me off trying the second one. When mum asked what had happened to the window I told the absolute truth. "I hit something with the hammer in the vice and the force made it jump out of the vice into the glass and broke it.
  

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My brother and a mate of ours were going into the Kaimanawas for an extended trip. Knowing the size of trout and the depth of some of the pools in the particular river we were going to be at, we decided that a few sticks of explosive stuff would be good insurance for getting a feed. We had done the trip a couple of years before and took a telescopic rod with us but the fish proved too hard to catch. The explosive was under my brothers house and had been there for quite a while in a wooden box. Come the day to sort out gear for the fight in bro crawls under the house and said quietly "Oh Shit" He came out with a very white face and said the box was sweat coverd. Knowing  that this was dangerous stuff we were very careful in dragging the box out. We put it on the back of my Holden ute Took my brothers .270 and slowly drove out to a nearby beach. We headed south down the coast from Hokio settlement towards the Ohau river. That section of beach was quite deserted and the sand dunes ran a long way back before reaching farmland. we carried the box over the first couple of dunes and put it on the sand. We walked away to a safe distance where my brother put a shot into the box. There was a huge bang and quite an impressive crater appeared where the box had been. I am sure that none of the three of us handled that stuff again. I thought later as I got older and more sense (maybe) Imagine if there had been a house fire at my brothers place. The fools we were. Wink
  

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Not even as a kid, but about 25/26 yrs old. This guy had a gun shop in the UK, still has in fact so wont name him. if it was quiet he would lock the front door, put the closed sign up and me and him would chase around shooting each other with BB guns. He reckoned people kept commenting on new hunt coats with BB's in pockets and hoods and he said dont know  !!
  

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Me and a mate were playing round with his slug gun which turned into a shooting comp which he won. I then bet him he couldn't fire it through his toes between his big one and the next one he tried and ended up shattering his toe the x ray looked like a spider web Grin Grin
  

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My dad and I were cleaning out a family friends deceased estate property when I was about 9 years old.

In the workshop we found an old javelin which my old man told me I could have and play with in the paddock next to home.

This was the 70's and I had seen these things of great wonder being thrown on the TV from time to time. I instantly had hopes and aspirations of being an Olympic javelin thrower, or at the worst, a great hunter of possums.

Anyway, I got home that evening and decided that it was as good a time as any for a few practice throws, no doubt the commencement of a great sporting career.

On the other side of the paddock was another house owned by a lovely old couple, the Aspinalls.

I decided in my wisdom that I would have a practice throw in the direction of their house, never believing that on my first attempt I could possibly throw more than 10-20 meters.

I launched that javelin to the point my right arm damn near dislocated, but that was not the problem.

The problem was is that it sailed perfectly, and went right through the fibrolite cladding of the neighbours, and extended through the gib into the interior of their house , sticking out about halfway inside and outside, jammed there.

To further compound matters the Aspinalls were having dinner watching TV at the time, and this thing suddenly appeared just above their TV.

As I said this was the 70's, it was legal to smack your kids, and I still remember the sore ass I got over that one.

Dad had to fix the neighbours house and the javelin ended up at the dump, in 2 pieces.
  

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some classics here !!!
used to chuck live 22 shells down the steep hill over from our house back of  town , manuka and bush growing either side of the road  ...they'd crack off on the tarseal and fire off into the trees ( no houses around that side ) twacking bush and branches galore ..my brother and thought this is great fun for us 10-12 years old , till one whistled passed between us into the bank behind ..game over ! ..lucky . dumb shit as kids .
  

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Brilliant thread i been laughing and laughing, thanks for bringing it back.

  
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To start this story its relevant to know that the week before Id put my arse through a glass door being lazy and trying to push it open instead of putting down what was in my hands and opening it properly. Parents not happy.

So younger brother and I decide a cricket game is in order as The old man was on nightshift and we had been told to go outside  and play so we don't disturb him.
Of course we set up the wickets right under his window. Result. One cricket ball and a heap of glass on the bed with him.
Cricket on the section now banned we have to improvise. I make a small bat about a foot long, and we peeled the layers off a golf ball to get the little hard ball inside it.
Now we can play cricket in the living room. We took the warning of- "Dont you guys go hitting that thing around in here!" as more of an advisory, and to be fair the ball never did any harm. However on going for a six, the bat left my hand and sailed straight through the ranch slider.
3 windows in two weeks. Looking back as an adult I don't know how parents manage to stay in control of themselves.
  
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I remember finding a dead Morepork on the side of the road, so took it home and hung it on the wall of my bedroom. I hung it by the neck from a nail I banged in the wall with some cotton thread and nailed out its wings so it looked realistic.
After a few days it developed a 'pong', and not so long later I would hear little 'plops' which turned out to be fat maggots hitting the floor, which I gathered up and threw out the window. I didn't get them all, and the ones I didn't get traveled a long way, I'd see them everywhere, so I got a couple of Gecko's off a mate and let them go in my room in hopes they would hoover the 'ones that got away'.
After a while the 'pong' went away and the maggots stopped falling out - and that Morepork looked down at me from that wall for months, maybe even years.
When my mum eventually took it down it fell to bits and left a big stain there.
Years later I was sitting in the living room and there was a Gecko sitting on the hearth looking as happy as Larry. I don't know what happened to the other one - I'd forgotten all about them.

About that time I'd got a Webley air pistol my parents didn't know about, and I'd lie on my bed and shoot flies on the wall with plugs of soap. Not satisfied with that, I made a pellet trap out of a cardboard box I could set up all manner of targets in front off - then shoot them to bits with lead pellets.
I'd lie on my back and shoot between my bent legs, then one day a fly landed on my knee, so taking careful aim - I skidded a pellet across the top of my knee cap, leaving quite a painful groove.
I shot our canary with that gun, been shooting at sparrows all morning and hadn't hit a thing, so I didn't expect to hit that canary - but I did.
And I felt so rotten doing that, I don't think I ever shot at another bird.

And then me and my mate got into parachutes. We'd catch his cat, tie on a parachute and chuck him off the garage roof.
I don't know how many times we chucked him off, but after a while we couldn't catch that cat anymore and had to find something else to do.

And then I got to thirteen and discovered my two older cousins had brought a car from possum skins they had trapped - so I bought (or flogged) a Lanes trap and caught my first possum. After beating him around the head for a while I felt sorry for him, so releasing him from the trap I picked him up for a cuddle. After a couple of minutes he decided he didn't like being cuddled, so stretching down he hooked his claws into my thigh and bit a chunk out. I still have that scar - a white round scallop that has stretched out a bit now - just looked at it.
I skinned that possum by pulling all his insides out - and it took me all day. When done I had a wet skin I carried around everywhere, even took it to school - and that stunk too.

And then I got into building stuff and cut out all the cross-bracing out of our State House roof.
Over the years I would think about that and wondered if that roof was still standing, so not so many years ago I was back down that way and made a detour to look at that house to see if the roof had fallen in - and it hadn't.

I liked being a kid - don't remember doing anything too outrageous, but then I don't ever remember being bored  Smiley





  
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Reply #25 - Oct 6th, 2019 at 10:34am
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There seems to be a constant trend of " you couldn't get away doing that sort of stuff today" in these yarns from yesteryear Cheesy

I remember age about 6 or 7, playing cowboys and itchybums with the next door neighbours. Playing with bows and arrows made from the bamboo hedge between our places.  They weren't really very powerful or accurate, which was probably a good thing.  So I looked for something more 'appropriate'. Found the spear from dads big spring loaded Italian speargun, and brought that to the fray. It hadn't clicked with me that because it was a bastard to pull out of the ground when thrown, it was actually quite dangerous. One throw parted the neighbours hairline, leaving a red bleeding wound. It suddenly dawned on me that an inch lower and there would not have been a neighbour to play with Shocked Shocked Shocked . Spent the next 6 hours deep under the house piles where the adults couldn't crawl to, fearing for my own life Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
30 years on I visited an old mate down south who had come visiting the year before up North. he'd brought his kids up to visit, and they were about the same age as I had been  when that incident occurred. I had taken them out to where I was working, blasting a rock face off to straighten part of a highway.   I hadn't counted on how much of an impression that trip had on the young lads till I visited the family a year later.

We had noticed them out in the garden with the motor mower petrol can. "What are you boys up to??"  "Nothing mum" can the reply from the elder boy. " We're going to show Uncle we can make a bomb!" came the reply from the younger boy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy . A quick search of the lads showed a couple of packets of 22 ammo, a packet of matches and the gallon can of petrol. Could have got messy quickly!!! Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
  
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Re: Dump shit you do as kids!
Reply #26 - Oct 6th, 2019 at 1:28pm
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When I was in my forties I picked a up length of 1/2" or 5/8" dowelling from the floor of our workshop and was standing there wondering who it belonged to when a workmate standing about 30 feet away said - "Throw it at me."
So I did.
That dowelliing, about 8 foot long flew through the air and smacked him point on breaking his collarbone.
"Why the hell didn't you get out of the way ?"
"I couldn't see it coming."

And that explains how a javelin went through the white 'duster' coat of an official measurer at the Olympic's many years ago - lucky man, that one.

As a kid they were building the Eastern railway from Wellington to Upper Hutt just up behind our place, so us kids would go up and investigate when the workmen knocked off work.
On one occasion we were throwing up rail spikes, trying to get them to stick point down in the ground.
I was bending down to pick up a spike when one came down on my head - and it might have knocked me out, because when I got up, I was the only one there - the other kids had scarpered.
It bled quite heavily, had knocked a whole flap of scalp sideways and I was holding that on whilst making my way home when a neighbour lady came out and popped me in her car and took me to Hospital where they sewed it back together.
Wasn't allowed to play up there after that, but when my mate and I got to sixteen and bought our single shot .22's, we'd cross the rail bridge across the river when it was up, clambering through the girders under the rail tracks to get to the western hills where we'd go rabbit shooting.
That was pretty scary as the river was rushing past just below and you knew if you missed your footing ............ still scares me today thinking about that.
Had done that one morning and popped out the other side to find the cops waiting for us to give us a bollocking. They were decent blokes those cops and I don't know how many times they brought me and my mate home after we'd done something daft.
I remember one time my mum coming out to the cop car when it pulled up in front of our place and seeing the look on her face ....... "What's he done now ?"
And I 'thought twice' about doing stuff after that - didn't like seeing that look on her face.

Up on those hills they'd built pylons and I'd go up there in the dark with my torch possum shooting for the bounty. My mate's parents wouldn't let him come and I was a bit scared of the dark, and of being alone and sometimes crossing the river you'd get an eel bumping your legs - and that would give you a fright.
Then I'd walk up the hill on the old quarry track through the bush that had overgrown until I popped out on the farmland at the top.
I shot a lot of possums up there off the pylons, then they learned all about that and would leap off all spread out and would hit the ground with a plop, legs already running.
I don't know where the farmer who owned that farm lived, down in the valley I think, because sometimes he'd arrive in his car while we were rabbit shooting and we wouldn't hear him coming until he was right there. I don't know how many times he chased us - but we never did get caught.
That was a special place up there for me, a couple of times I walked right across those hills towards Pauatahanui and had trouble finding my way back in the dark, not getting back until it had broken daylight and I'd be late getting to school.

Not sure I'd be happy letting my kids do that and I'm not sure my parents were totally happy with me doing it - but they never stopped me.



  
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Re: Dump shit you do as kids!
Reply #27 - Oct 7th, 2019 at 8:41pm
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As kids we were pretty free range, living on a farm up the Coromandel. My cousin was on a farm a couple of K down the side road and another mate was 4 or 5 K around the road or 3 K as the crow fly's up and over the hill. The list of dumb shit is endless but the one that makes me sweat to this day is plaiting 3 strands of the old school bailing twine together and all three of us going down the tomo's that were all over that hill. Some of them were pretty deep and no one had a clue where we were half the time. Manuka stick bows with bracken arrow wars were great fun. I'm still surprised we didn't lose an eye or two.
    One of our favorites was sneaking in to the hippy commune down the road and spying on the ladies working in the gardens. Clothes were very much optional!      
  Looking back now, I think I would struggle to give my kids so much freedom.
  

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Re: Dump shit you do as kids!
Reply #28 - Oct 24th, 2019 at 2:15am
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One weekend when I was about 7, my family was visiting the grandparents in Chch. They had a fish pond that ducks would sometimes land on, to eat weed I suppose. I used to throw stones at them but never hit one.Well, this particular day, one of those ducks landed on the roof of the house. I'd never seen that before.I found a suitable rock, took aim and let rip. My aim was a little low. It hit the underside of the outdoor trellis and bounced off the concrete below. Luckily the French doors were wide open...it was summer I guess. Unluckily, it flew through the doors and smashed the TV screen that my parents and grandparents were busy watching in the lounge. Time stood still for a few seconds, then I decided it was better not to stick around and did a runner to the park down the road, where I hid for a couple of hours. When I finally went back, my (true) story wasn't believed and I got a few whacks on the arse from Dad and was in the bad books for quite a while.
I remember Dad and my grandfather discussing what to tell the insurance company. I think they decided on saying I knocked a chair over into the screen.
  
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Re: Dump shit you do as kids!
Reply #29 - Oct 24th, 2019 at 2:29am
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Another time I was staying with a friend in a small Canterbury town, who had a reasonably decent bow but no arrows. We made some out of some bamboo sticks we found and taped two 4" nails to the end to give them some FOC and some lethality. So off we went hunting birds and rabbits. No luck with that so we did some target practice on the rugby grandstand wall which proved to be a bit boring. When we saw my friend's younger brother coming across the rugby field to see what we were doing, my friend decided it would be a great idea to give him a scare and sent an arrow his way. He was probably 40 to 50 yards away.He shot it high into the air and in a big arc. It looked like it would be close. I yelled "look out" and he bent over with his hands covering his head and turned away from us. The arrow went straight down the inside of his gumboot with the nails coming out the bottom of the heel. Luckily not a scratch, but could have killed him with a head shot. We swore him to secrecy and went home.
  
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Re: Dump shit you do as kids!
Reply #30 - Oct 24th, 2019 at 7:57am
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Ronny wrote on Oct 24th, 2019 at 2:15am:
One weekend when I was about 7, my family was visiting the grandparents in Chch. They had a fish pond that ducks would sometimes land on, to eat weed I suppose. I used to throw stones at them but never hit one.Well, this particular day, one of those ducks landed on the roof of the house. I'd never seen that before.I found a suitable rock, took aim and let rip. My aim was a little low. It hit the underside of the outdoor trellis and bounced off the concrete below. Luckily the French doors were wide open...it was summer I guess. Unluckily, it flew through the doors and smashed the TV screen that my parents and grandparents were busy watching in the lounge. Time stood still for a few seconds, then I decided it was better not to stick around and did a runner to the park down the road, where I hid for a couple of hours. When I finally went back, my (true) story wasn't believed and I got a few whacks on the arse from Dad and was in the bad books for quite a while.
I remember Dad and my grandfather discussing what to tell the insurance company. I think they decided on saying I knocked a chair over into the screen.

True story. I was mowing lawn (recent years, not when still a kid) and a stone from rotary mower decided it don't want to smash the large window but instead go through the small gap where window was open and smash the TV. Insurance was fine with it. Assessor did joke clear glass was than TV glass
  
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