Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, about 1 year ago

    Just to reassure everyone, the two pirates aren’t dead. Tevia just disabled them by shooting their trigger fingers.

  2. Dr. Oetker Pistazien

    Dr. Oetker Pistazien said, about 1 year ago

    Pretty cool trick!

  3. fnav13aard

    fnav13aard GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    DEAD pirates pose fewer problems…fink’s going to hire a few more.

  4. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, about 1 year ago


    Bad idea, given that Fink could respond in same to the prisoners he’s holding on to.

  5. edclectic

    edclectic said, about 1 year ago

    Til’s ya feed ’em to the fishes!

    I love this artwork!!!

  6. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Covering fire. The others are less likely to just run head long into a open door bullets just came from.
    Pirates are mean but not stupid.
    Commander used the most hated device known to the Chesapeake Oystermen to whack those pirates.
    An oyster dredge! Some justice there.

  7. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Three Steps Over Japan

    Funny you mention that. Obviously you don’t actually SEE anyone get shot, but the implication of course is exactly that. I decided, though, that I really liked the character design of the guy with the orange and purple jacket and wanted to keep using him for some later stuff…. so, before shopping this around to a book publisher, I’m going to swap him out on this page for a different pirate.

  8. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, about 1 year ago

    @Ben Towle

    Heh. Well, since orange and purple jacket is a sword user, shooting him in the trigger finger would have less of an effect on him, career-wise, so you could more easily recycle him later if you want. (Then again, he was one of the people cocking their weapons last week, so I may be wrong, he may be using his sword on semi-auto…)

  9. renewed1

    renewed1 said, about 1 year ago

    Never leave a wounded enemy behind you.

  10. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    But TSOJ
    When he armed his sword it went “Click”
    That trigger finger on him is important.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Some of the weapons used were combination pistols and broad knives.

  12. bopard

    bopard said, about 1 year ago

    ?what rifle? not a Springfield. not a shotgun. Has repeating action, but not smokeless powder.
    If Tev has a pre-winchester carbine. He has a huge technical advantage over anyone out there.
    ?Oyster in 1870’s when this stuff just being invented?

  13. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 1 year ago

    re: bopard
    While that looks like a lever action, the Civil War saw several repeating rifles. The Spencer was used by Union cavalry. By Atlanta, Sherman’s army had the “repeating Henry”.
    What’s weird is that the army went backwards after the war, with many units going back to single shots. The 1884 pattern Springfield in the closet is a trapdoor 45-70-405 single shot. Uncle once said it was the only gun he knew where you could watch the bullet fly. While overstating it, the muzzle velocity’s so low that one can actually see a flicker of the bullet. Nasty, though, in that it had enough power to punch through a 1/4" steel 1960s car bumper in a local gravel pit used for shooting.
    When a bunch of drunks from Ashland shot up the Takelma reservation, starting the Takelma War, the Army had single shots and the Takelmas had lever action repeaters. It made a major difference in the first engagements.

  14. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The power of those rounds were not the speed but the weight of the bullet.
    They need to go one of two ways.
    Fast with low weight
    Slow with high weight.
    It all boils down to momentum which is basically the formula Weight X Speed.
    Its just a number but that number means all the difference to impact.
    A 5.56 Nato at 55 grains weight at 3000 feet per second give a number of 165,000.
    A 50 cal BMG at 760 grains weight at 2500 feet per second give a number of 1,900,000.
    Which one do you think would hit harder???
    That number is the same as a truck tractor semi trailer vehicle hitting you at about 25 miles per hour at a half inch point on your body.
    That reason for the bigger caliber but slower reload was the rule for years. That bigger caliber stopped the combatant in their tracks. The repeater gave you more shots but failed to do what is called the “knock down” which is that number I mentioned earlier.
    What makes the 5.56 deadly is the fact it destabilizes upon impact tumbling thru the body causing serious internal damage and leaving its momentum behind. But in Somalia it was found that the 5.56 55 grain went straight through a small framed person. Just really poking hole. So the newer load went to 62 grains called Greeners or Green tip. Problem solved the heavier weight transferred more energy to the target thereby getting the “knock down” the 55 grain lacked.

  15. Vic

    Vic said, about 1 year ago

    Dead Men Tell No Lawyers

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