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12 gauge gopher/mole trap!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Izzy, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I have seen some home made shot shell traps in Eastern Oregon, but today I was hanging out with an older fellow, & he had a (what looked like) production model. I looked it over pretty good, & the only writing on it was "PATNOV 1102". I searched the web when I got home, but could find nothing about it. Can some one here tell me any history of this?
     
  2. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    To the best of my knowledge they are illegal to have I would do some research but I know people that do have them, again home made. But I have been told by several people they are illegal to have. I have never heard of any being sold in stores but maybe 20/30 years ago they were. They work great though.
     
  3. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    There are a number of patents on 12 gauge mole traps so there probably are a few . However, they all violate 'set-gun' federal law.

    In Washington, any trap that grips the mole's body is also illegal under I-713. (Don't get me started....)

    I did find this one though.

    Welcome to Molecat Headquarters!
     
  4. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I saw some two years ago in a cheaper than dirt magazine. They were something like five bucks each. I agree they are illegal but, they've been on the market recently if not currently.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a blackpowder gopher gun its a muzzleloader and in this case so old and worn it can't be fired.
     
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  7. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    That, I would love to see!!!!!!!
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Legal in Oregon for gophers ,moles etc.


    166.320¹

    Setting springgun or setgun
    (1) Any person who places or sets any loaded springgun, setgun, or any gun, firearm or other device of any kind designed for containing or firing explosives, in any place where it may be fired, exploded or discharged by the contact of any person or animal with any string, wire, rod, stick, spring or other contrivance affixed to or connected with it, or with its trigger, shall be punished upon conviction by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months, or both.

    (2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any loaded springgun, setgun, firearm or other device placed for the purpose of destroying gophers, moles or other burrowing rodents, and does not prevent the use of a coyote getter by employees of county, state or federal governments engaged in cooperative predatory animal control wor
     
  9. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Well-Known Member

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  10. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    BATF will have you fitted for custom handcuffs. It is listed as a destructive device. (IED), and is highly illegal. They really work good though. Greydog.
     
  11. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Moose I remember an older gentleman who made something very similar to the Molecat and used to market it at the gun shows in the Expo center. It looked to me like it would work great and it used the same ammunition as the Hilti-tools.

    I haven't seen him in years and the last time I did so he told me that a company was interesting in marketing his invention. I'd like to think that this is his product and hope that he made a buck or two off it.
     
  12. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    UPDATE: It says PAT NOV 1102. I assume this means patent November 11/1902
     
  13. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Chuckle. It probably means 2002. I just ordered one a minute ago. Moles beware!
     
  14. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    No, I'm sure it's NOT, 2002! This one was used in the 20's & 30's
     
  15. mjn

    mjn Tri-Cities, Wa Active Member

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    Right on... I'm gonna order up one of those!

    Oh, holy smoke!! LOL!!! That would be awesome!! Freakin 1700 bucks though.. dang.
     
  16. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    Do a write up on it if you do. I'd love to hear how effective they are.
     
  17. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    My apologies if I offended. I should have read your original post a little closer.
     
  18. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    LOL!!! I'm not offended at all!
     
  19. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I would love to take, & post a pic of it, but it goes against my better judgment. :paranoid:
     
  20. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    IIRC there was a compressed-air version used by pros that sensed the approach of the mole and popped out a puff of air with a 'whump' when the varmint got close. No risk of fire, no interest by ATF, and it had multi-shot capability. The idea was for deep pockets like golf courses to set & forget these things around their borders where the critters were tunneling in.