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Dirty Harry's portable cannon was a .44 Magnum, a bigger weapon than the antique Colt .45 by an order of magnitude. --Old Dickens 02:02, 9 February 2008 (CET)

Fixed the article. Although the argument that the .44 Magnum is a bigger weapon than the antique Colt .45 can be put into question (see Ned Buntline Special) it certainly is far more powerful. I sorted the Dirty Harry reference into a separate space and referred the part concerning the .45 Colt to the Wild West. FlakBait 21:18, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

I say 4-5 times the muzzle energy of the modern Colt .45 Revolver is definitely bigger, but I defer to anyone who's been shot with both. --Old Dickens 00:42, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Piecemaker Mark IV

Who originally invented the Piecemaker? The books seem to say it was Detritus (out of a 'renovated siege engine', if memory serves) but if we take the title 'Burleigh & Stronginthearm Piecemake Mark IV' it suggests that the company took Detritus' design and mass-marketed it, which seems unlikely, as there was no previous mention. just a little niggle.--Stanley Howler 18:51, 16 May 2012 (CEST)

I don't know if it's recorded that Detritus thought up the name. Whoever it was probably neglected to copyright it. Old Dickens 05:10, 18 May 2012 (CEST)

Shoot versus Fire

Only firearms "fire" projectiles. Bows "shoot" or "loose" arrows or bolts. So, actually, we should also change "arrows" to "bolts", but, as this would change the image that Terry was trying to create, I'd suggest we let the erroneous terminology stand. - Rick (Master Archer & National Instructor "in" the English Longbow.) (unsigned comment by User:Rascally Bear 20 Jan 2017)

I think the large Piecemaker shoots, looses or, figuratively, fires large arrows while the small one uses bolts. The bundle of arrows was a modified load replacing a single, heavy lance. --Old Dickens (talk) 05:32, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
Given what happens to the arrows in flight, "fire" seems an apt description. Pritchett used the term "fire", right? As in, Detritus, don't fire that thing in here? If so, I suspect that He chose His words with care. :) Moishe Rosenbaum (talk) 11:25, 23 January 2017 (UTC)