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What does this mean?"hitting it with a nail"

 
 
Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:25 am
There is a sentence goes like this:"Often the guns were home-made and consisted of a pipe and a bullet, which they would set off by hitting it with a nail.” I was wondering what exactly does the part "hitting it with a nail" mean and what is "nail"in this context?
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chai2
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:33 am
They were using the nail as the firing pin to set off the gun powder in the bullet, so it would shoot.
wayne
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:41 am
@avalipeng,
They call those zip guns, usually .22 caliber, they often used a piece of radio antenna and a nail with a rubber band as a firing pin.
avalipeng
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 08:50 pm
@wayne,
I got it, thank you very much.
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avalipeng
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 08:52 pm
@chai2,
Thanks a lot!
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