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How to carve a pumpkin... with a gun; Introducing the Glock-o-lantern!

By Melissa Bell

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I have a pretty great dad and mom who are really big on holidays and their associated traditions. Putting out cookies and milk. Cooking the pumpkin seeds. Making the decorated egg tree for Easter (or was that just us?). Anyway, I preface all this, because this is in no way meant as a disrespect to my parents.

I really wish this guy had taught me how to carve a pumpkin:

Update:

I just got off the phone with Greg (he only wants to go by his first name for security reasons). He's a pumpkin carving dynamo on the side. The rest of the time he's teaching middle school English in Nashville, TN (His favorite books? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and To Kill a Mockingbird).

He said the pumpkin carving is actually a pretty popular pastime amongst the shooting crowd. "I've done that pretty much all my life. It's kind of a hobby," Greg said.

His advice: as long as you have a safe place to do that thing (and a gun license and a knowledge of how to shoot a gun), find a pumpkin that's about to rot. Clear it out (otherwise it will explode on impact). Greg used a .40 caliber glock. Oh, it would also help if you're a competitive shooter, like Greg is.

When I expressed some concern over the lesson, he gallantly responded, "You need to come down to TN and learn how to carve a pumpkin." I'm on my way, Greg.

Greg hosts a series of gun teaching videos on his YouTube channel that he and his son started together. Next month, we can all watch his instructions on how to cut a Christmas tree with a gun.

(Thank you Gene!)

By Melissa Bell  | October 28, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
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