Special picture for a friend in Edmonton area! Salut Nils
How does “Selbstschussapparat” look?
No idea, maybe Fede’s got a picture
Interesting packets, pretty neat.
Were they simply different power levels, for the different size of animals, (Heaviest Animals, Oxen, Cows, Pigs), to fire a dart into the animal like many slaughter devices, or are they blanks, like crimped ‘stun’ cartridges?
My father was a butchers apprentice in 1950 and was in charge of butchering a pig. Well he didnt find the right colour and got a bull cartridge, when the dust settled and the bullet stopped richocheing around in the abattoir he got a thorough belting from the butcher himself. Lets just say he didnt make that mistake again ;-)
In 1950, my grandfather had a custom slaughtering & processing business. Living in farm country, he would, on request, go to a farm, kill the steer the farmer had raised for his own use, butcher the animal and process the remains, packaging the parts for the freezer. This was a family business, started by my great-grandfather about 1885. When the business started, my great-grandfather bought a Spencer carbine and 3 bushel baskets of cartridges for $5. Over the years, the Spencer worked as intended, but with close to zero maintenance. About a third of the cartridges failed to fire. Those went into another basket. By 1950, there was only one basket of cartridges remaining, plus the basket of misfires. In 1954, Graham Burnside bought both baskets for $100, then 5 % of the price of a new Chevrolet.