elephant gun


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elephant gun

n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a gun used in the hunting of elephants
2. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) slang Austral a surfboard for riding large waves
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"Three heavy breech-loading double-eight elephant guns, weighing about fifteen pounds each, to carry a charge of eleven drachms of black powder." Two of these were by a well-known London firm, most excellent makers, but I do not know by whom mine, which is not so highly finished, was made.
In the old days, this was permitted but not now; the youth rallied, they confiscated the elephant gun, called the wildlife authority and assisted in the arrest of two of the poachers.
To illustrate the principle of conservation of momentum, Kelvin is said to have fired a blunderbuss-style elephant gun across the lecture hall at a steel plate hanging on the other side of the room.
The 180-grain rounds would kick harder than those with lighter bullets, but those 30 additional grains shouldn't be enough difference to turn the rifle from a sweet shooter into an elephant gun!
1 in .450 NE is not just an elephant gun, but also a viable choice for a one-gun safari.
We left him with friends and he eventually died, probably having been stalked by a white hunter wielding an elephant gun.
For the encore, Rose looked like he was on safari in a leopard fedora and what looked like an alligator skin jacket as he stomped his way through "Madagascar." The only thing missing was an elephant gun.
In his annual letter to shareholders in his Berkshire Hathaway investment vehicle, he says his "elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy".
Berkshire's cash holdings rose to $38.2 billion as of December 31, prompting Buffett to tell investors two months later that his 'elephant gun has been reloaded'.