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Old 01-30-2017, 07:41 AM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is offline
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Originally Posted by Der Trihs View Post
From one of the Vorkosigan novels I recall this quote on the subject of buying weapons:

"Stay away from the sale on neutron hand grenades. For those with a strong throwing arm."
Actually, the real-life version was almost as bad.

The Davy Crockett was the smallest nuke the US ever designed and built. It had extremely poor shielding (so even hauling the thing around was dangerous) and no abort function. If it was fired, it would go off. And if it didn't go far enough, you were screwed.