This is so great!! You’ve opened up a flood of memories that have been locked up for years. Dirt bombs, rock fights, BB-guns, sling shots, carpet guns, snow-ball fights(a piece of ice or a rock inside was optional), “forts” in the lots or behind the billboards, gang fights, “mickie”(potato) roasts on a summer night in the lots… My god, how did we ever survive this “right of passage”??? Those experiences of my youth in good old Flatbush were to prepare me for the tough years that lay ahead both in the military and in the business world. Thanks for the memory….
Hmmmm … I remember something a bit more sinister … SLING SHOTS. They were really easy to make .. All you needed was a tree branch shaped like a Y and a strong rubber band. My girlfriend’s brother (yes that SAME one that appears in some of my other stories) used to LOVE to hit us with his sling shot. Unfortunately, he was great at aiming too! We’d ride by on our bikes, and “POW!” we’d be hit. We’d rollerskate, and “BAM!” right on our derierre’s … Then he’d “POP” out of the bushes laughing. Wonder if Bart Simpson is his hero…. hmmmmm.
we had a similar gun in the 70’s in northern nj but we used many rubberbands(the more the deadlier the sting) and we nailed a spring clothing pin to hold the rubberbands and projectile. we even fashioned them to look like machineguns. at times we even had double barrel guns by using two or even 3 pins. after a few years of this during the summer, the weapons were becoming to powerful and the projectile of choice became the round part that soda and beer cans had when you open them. they would be all over the ground in those days since they detached when a can was opened. soon after our parents banned our weapons. we destroyed most and hid some–never to be used again.
How about the wooden produce box ends that we used to put into an “L” shape and cut two edges off the right angle sides then put a nail in the front and attach a rubber band and pull it over the lip at the right agle. Then put a little square of light cardboard between the rubber band and push the rubber band off with the thumb and watch the missle go flying. It had quite a force and a bit of a sting if it hit you. A bit more creative than the guns the kids use today.