The shells were manufactured in 1943 and still work!

How it’s done:

The Coffman starter uses a specially made 4 gauge paper shell with an electric primer. It is filled with .25″ and .187″ diameter cordite pellets for slow burning powder. The shell fires into a starter assembly on the accessory case of the engine, same position as an electric starter. It DOES NOT fire directly into a cylinder of the engine. The gasses force a piston inside the starter assembly forward towards the engine collapsing spiral gears on top of each other converting it into a circular motion. This engages the starter dog and rotates the starter gear. After the piston reaches the end of its travel a valve released the residual pressure and a die spring resets the whole process.

Wow that’s really cool.  I really want to read more about war planes and other vehicles someday… such interesting history.

Wildcat-Plane-Shotgun-StartSuch an awesome / timeless design.

Thoughts?  Any of you guys thinking of modifying your Honda Civics to take a shotgun start? :P Now that I know about this method, I feel like turning a key or pushing a button is so lame.

Gat tip: Jay


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 €70,000 to fund the live action portion of the film.  There was no money left for visual effects so the director did them all for free over a 6 month period:

A British fighter pilot pursues the german ace that shot down his friend across sky and country… with murder in mind. But he discovers it’s not so easy to kill a man when you have to look them in the eye.

You can read more about the movie over at the website – HERE

€70,000 converts to $110,000 USD today which seems like a lot of money to me for a 9 minute movie.   They did a nice job on it though.


Hat tip: Kevin


All three of those guns can pierce body armor at 27 feet huh? Interesting.. :roll:

It’s pretty obvious the video isn’t the original, but still funny nevertheless.  It does precede the first time I heard it though, sampled on the 2009 track “The Embassy” by Mos Def.

Why someone would choose to carry a single action .22 LR revolver is beyond me.


Spotted by member gimp2x at an airport near Glock’s U.S. headquarters in Smyrna, GA:

the pilots are both named christian, flight attendants looked like supermodels

As in most Glock related threads, hilarity ensued:

How long after those pictures were taken did the aircraft explode? (Madcap72)

Advanced polymer fuselage that goes Ka Boom when you reach 32,000 feet. (glockkaboom)

Yeah apparently you can run these planes through mud and sand, they will still fly even underwater, but its better to get the maritime spring cups for it. (koorva)

Some more jokes over at GlockTalk:

I hope the toilet seat doesn’t have the rough texture finish. (Aaron Geisler)

Ya know, on a plane, I might want RTF lavatory seats. Just in case the flight gets a bit turbulent, I want extra griping power.  Now, if the toilet paper has an RTF feel to it….. (BMG22)

According to wikipedia, the Bombardier Global Express goes for $45 million.  That’s a lot of Glocks!  I imagine most people that spend $45million on a plane probably spend another couple million at least upgrading it.

Plane enthusiasts in the thread were saying this is most likely a corporate jet, and that Gaston is known to have a smaller Cessna Citation X for his own personal use. thread – HERE

GlockTalk thread – HERE