2390 The spontoon, with an 18" blade on a 6' shaft, was a decisive
weapon in the Revolution. An American officer could signal in the noise
of battle and protect his men from bayonets as they reloaded. A quarter
of a century later, Lewis and Clark carried spontoons to Oregon.
Logically, spontoons should have been useful until officers had
revolvers and soldiers had breech loaders. I imagine 2390 could be a
spontoon with a retractable blade. That would make it safer, easier to
carry in woods, and less likely to show an enemy where the officers were.
2389: broken spray painter
2390: wwi boot camp training tool, gun simulator
2391: pry bar
2392: leather working tool
2393: more book shelf organizers
2394: ship portal lock
On 11/03/2011 03:05 AM, Rob H. wrote:
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2389) Not enough views to allow a reasonable guess, unless you are
someone who has seen one before -- and I am not. :-)
2390) At a guess, it is what the soldiers in a trench just below the
targets on a military firing range use to reach up and change
or patch the targets.
Being in the trench, they are safe from the bullets, and being
just in front of the targets, they can call out how good the
hits were -- and put up fresh target boards.
2391) At a guess -- a tool for disassembling wooden crates to allow
unpacking the contents. The hinged 'C' will allow the left hand
to pull up on the claw while the right hand uses the normal
leverage. With just the right dimensions, the free end of the
'C' could be put on the floor to allow using it as the stable
point for leverage.
2392) Perhaps a tool for removing primers from fired cartridges to
allow reloading them. In particular, perhaps for the Berdan
primers (more common in European military cartridges) instead of
the Boxer primers more common in US cartridges.
2393) Perhaps to drape pup tent halves over for drying?
2394) I presume that the key allows the ring to be separated from
the forked bottom. Perhaps something like a captive oarlock, if
there is enough play in the join of the two parts.
A more than usually puzzling set this week.
Now to post this and then see what others have suggested.
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