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Re: Springfield Rifle
Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Sunday, 5 January 2014, at 2:45 a.m., in response to Re: Springfield Rifle, posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 4 January 2014, at 8:58 p.m.
An early short barreled piece of artillery used to blow in wooden gates and heavy doors by attaching the piece to said structure. Dick paraphrases Shakespeare. If one was not careful, if I remember right (and no, I was not there!), accidents did occur in using a petard and it could turn end over end, killing the operator/artilleryman. I'm too lazy at this hour of the night to look up which play of "Shakespeare" (I'm an Oxfordist) it the phrase came from but someone else can find petards online. Yea, verily, yea, it doth, indeed, soundeth rude!
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