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March 09, 2006

Yesterday's "Whatizzit?"

As Neffi pointed out correctly, and Toluca Nole researched for you, was a replica 'Hand Gonne," recently acquired for the Arsenal.

The key bit of data I deliberately obscured was this - the touchhole. It would have made it *much* too easy.

Replica hand gonne

The key clue, after stating replica and better materials - was the fact that it was open at both ends... but not a tube.

It has a socket, where the pole that served as a stock on the earliest guns, was inserted. And this represents a leap forward in some respects from the earlier practice of binding them to the stock... though, in the end, we have in many respects returned to that method, once we figured out all the ergonomics, at least with bolt guns.