August 23, 2003


The Herald Sun reports:

A man opened fire at his stepmother with a sawn-off shotgun then apologised for the incident in a text message days later, a Melbourne court was told today.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 23, 2003 04:42 PM

How can you reply to a text message if your lower limbs have been peppered with number 4 birdshot?
This boy didn't put a lot of thought into his apology.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 23, 2003 at 10:01 PM

Actually, I can't think of anything to say about this, but I do need to respond to Habib: If you refer to #4 birdshot as "peppering", you must be one rough son of a gun.

Posted by: Ken Summers at August 24, 2003 at 04:24 AM

What I don't understand is why nice, perky, intelligent people like the Australians continue to use obsolete, irregular past participles like "sawn" when "sawed" will do.

Posted by: Theodopoulos Pherecydes at August 24, 2003 at 08:28 AM

sry 4 tht mum

Posted by: slatts at August 24, 2003 at 02:01 PM

"Lower limbs"? You text with your feet?

I guess that would explain a few things.

Posted by: Ferg at August 24, 2003 at 02:27 PM

I have to agree with Ken. No.4 shot is used by Police departments as opposed to 00 buck. We call it 4 buck.
As for sawn or sawed off shotguns, even us rednecks knows that it be called SAWED OFF. And we don't use no hyphen between the SAWED and the OFF.

TEE-HEE ( we use a hyphen there)

Posted by: A Texas shootin solution at August 25, 2003 at 12:58 AM

Actually, the correct term is short barreled shotgun. Mossberg currently is advertising a model with a 14-1/2" barrel for qualified customers. If one is manufacturing a short barreled shotgun by cutting down a standard one (extra ATF paperwork and a much higher transfer tax) the correct way to do this would be in a lathe using a parting tool rather than by sawing.

Posted by: triticale at August 25, 2003 at 09:58 AM

Shame on all of you.

You're more worried about the name of the gun than the mother-in-law.

Posted by: pooh at August 25, 2003 at 03:42 PM