Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Word Challenge: Gun Barrel

Source: Howard Penn
The cold grey gun barrel of winter bore down on the small town of Winchester.  Snow heavy clouds were aimed at the town, straight in the storm’s sight.

Bill and Annie Lamott took stock of the supplies in the barn.  “We have enough for this storm, but if winter hammers us like it did last winter….”  He left the words unspoken.

Steers moved restlessly in the large corral.  A bolt of lightning could trigger a stampede.


Annie hurried to the barn where a newborn colt huddled closely to the mare, Black.  Annie had named the colt “Powder”.  She stroked the mare’s soft muzzle.

Many thanks to Delores @ Under the Porch Light!  This week's words didn't work out (how frustrating!)  So I took up the prompt.

Can you find the words that are all connected by a theme?

19 comments:

  1. I love it...great story. Related words? gun barrel, aimed, in the storm's sight, trigger, powder, muzzle.....did I miss any?

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  2. Shoot....(get it?) I did miss some. stock/hammer/bolt.

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    1. You nailed them all (shoot!!) Thanks for casting out those challenges!!

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    2. Oops, left out some...I'll write them after a few more comments!

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    3. I missed colt. Gosh you really salted this piece with gun type words didn't you?

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  3. All to do with gun are the words that together run, stampedes would sure be no fun

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    1. Have experienced stampedes with hogs (scared me to death!), but not cattle. Cannot imagine it.

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  4. I would add Winchester. And may well have missed some. Goodness this is clever - thank you.

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    1. Awesome! The Winchester is one of rifles that changed history.

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  5. let's see...bore; aimed; sight; stock; bolt; hammer; trigger; colt; black; powder; muzzle.
    Great story with lots of references to guns and winter.
    I've put this prompt on the back burner and done something quite different with the six words.

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    1. Congratulations! The Colt is the pistol that was most used in the West.

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    2. Who knew a love of western movies would come in handy?

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  6. I thought I had them all but then noticed Elephant's Child added Winchester - I hadn't thought of that.
    Great story weaving these words together. I love that even though it seems very dark in the beginning, the ending is full of hope and new life with the colt.

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  7. There is one more word from gun history! Will you be the one to find it? It is not an easy word...

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  8. Dear Susan, I see that those ahead of me in commenting have caught all the words. I continue to be amazed at how with so few words in your you can depict a scene that holds enough tension or suspense to make me want to read more. More. Peace.

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  9. Thanks, Dee! I was hoping you would see the one more historical gun word.

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  10. One more word? Would that be Annie? As in Annie Oakley?
    Annie get your gun?

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    1. Why, yes! Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickock were kinda after thoughts.

      The last word was Lamott revolver, supposed to have been designed by Confederate ? LaMatt. The name of the gun changed over time. It wasn't really a great gun like the Colt. This info comes from Pawn Stars tv show.

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  11. Go get the old grey...gun metal grey, so technically 'grey' could get a shout out too. :)

    This is a fun exercise. I bet it was fun writing it up too.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!