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6th Jul '17 7:24:30 AM Divra
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** Also subverted in regards to dehydrated rations; the Confederates had similar ideas in the works, and the narration specifically notes that the time-traveler seems a little miffed that they aren't impressed by it.

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** Also subverted in regards to dehydrated rations; the Confederates had similar ideas in are familiar with desiccated (basically dried and then pressed into large blocks to remove the works, last moisture) vegetables which are reconstituted by boiling them in water. They quickly recognize the dehydrated [=MREs=] and instant coffee as being a more advanced version of the same thing. The narration specifically notes that the time-traveler seems a little miffed that they aren't impressed by it.
18th Jun '17 5:03:58 PM nombretomado
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** See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult]] in ThatOtherWiki

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** See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult]] in ThatOtherWikiWiki/ThatOtherWiki
21st May '17 10:22:24 PM BattleMaster
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* Subverted in Papua New Guinea when the Australian government was able to get a number of small villages to stop making war on each other by setting up a police station with minimal staff and a machine gun. The villagers, who were all subsistence farmers, thought that going to war was a terrifying event and were happy to have a face-saving reason to avoid doing so.

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* Subverted Double-subverion in Papua New Guinea when the Australian government was able to get a number of small villages to stop making war on each other by setting up a police station with minimal staff and a machine gun. The villagers, who were all subsistence farmers, still had a few hundred people per village. However, they thought that going to war was a terrifying event (anthropologists noted that many of the older men in the villages showed signs of PTSD) and were happy to have a face-saving reason to avoid doing so.
20th May '17 10:39:10 AM BattleMaster
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* Subverted in Papua New Guinea when the Australian government was able to get a number of small villages to stop making war on each other by setting up a police station with minimal staff and a machine gun. The villagers, who were all subsistence farmers, thought that going to war was a terrifying event and were happy to have a face-saving reason to avoid doing so.
3rd Apr '17 7:53:53 PM Odacon_Spy
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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.

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-->'''Bear:'' -->'''Bear:''' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.
16th Mar '17 9:27:49 AM AthenaBlue
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* Played straight in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' when an amnesiac Kirk is revered as a mystic due to using resuscitation techniques to revive a "dead" child.

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* Played straight in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' when In an amnesiac Kirk episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', several people get sent to the time of the cavemen. A mobster quickly gets the cavemen to obey him with his lighter and gun and sets them against the others. Superman puts a stop to it by demonstrating he is revered as more powerful (making a mystic due to using resuscitation techniques to revive bigger fire with his heat vision, punching through a "dead" child.boulder, etc).



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': several examples. In "The War Games", the Second Doctor proves he's from the future by demonstrating the use of the Sonic Screwdriver (on actual screws, for once).
** River Song does it too. In "The Pandorica Opens" she vaporises a piece of furniture to gain the Tribune’s respect.

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* In the [[{{Hatedom}} widely hated]] [[SeasonalRot episode]] "Beer Bad" of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Xander scares a quartet of arrogant college kids cum cavemen with his lighter. "Fire angry!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': several examples. examples.
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In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games", Games"]], the Second Doctor proves he's from the future by demonstrating the use of the Sonic Screwdriver (on actual screws, for once).
** River Song does it too. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens" Opens"]] she vaporises a piece of furniture to gain the Tribune’s respect.



* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time", Jax and Stein get stranded in the Middle Ages and pass themselves off as wizards with tricks like pretending a smartphone is a magic mirror. Eventually, the spoiled and petulant boy-king says he's bored with them and orders them executed until their friends show up to rescue them.
* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "Good Knight, [=MacGyver=]", Mac convinces KingArthur's court that he is a powerful wizard by lighting a match.
* Happens several times in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. Though in one episode, Marguerite tries to scare off a man by pulling out her gun, but since he's never seen one before he keeps advancing. She has to actually demonstrate its power to get him to back off.



** Later, the team is introduced to a village of farmers called the Genii. Sheppard offers to trade with them for food. As payment, he offers to give them C4 to quickly get rid of trees to clear more areas for farming. The Genii are interested in C4... as detonators for their nuclear weapons in order to destroy Wraith hive-ships. As it turns out, they have vast underground bunkers with a 50's era society, with the farmers on the surface as a facade.
* Happens several times in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. Though in one episode, Marguerite tries to scare off a man by pulling out her gun, but since he's never seen one before he keeps advancing. She has to actually demonstrate its power to get him to back off.

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** Later, the team is introduced to a village of farmers called the Genii. Sheppard offers to trade with them for food. As payment, he offers to give them C4 to quickly get rid of trees to clear more areas for farming. The Genii are interested in C4... as detonators for their nuclear weapons in order to destroy Wraith hive-ships. As it turns out, they have vast underground bunkers with a 50's era society, with the farmers on the surface as a facade.
façade.
* Happens several times Played straight in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. Though in one episode, Marguerite tries ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' when an amnesiac Kirk is revered as a mystic due to scare off a man by pulling out her gun, but since he's never seen one before he keeps advancing. She has using resuscitation techniques to actually demonstrate its power to get him to back off.revive a "dead" child.



* In the [[{{Hatedom}} widely hated]] [[SeasonalRot episode]] "Beer Bad" of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Xander scares a quartet of arrogant college kids cum cavemen with his lighter. "Fire angry!"
* In an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', several people get sent to the time of the cavemen. A mobster quickly gets the cavemen to obey him with his lighter and gun and sets them against the others. Superman puts a stop to it by demonstrating he is more powerful (making a bigger fire with his heat vision, punching through a boulder, etc).
* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "Good Knight, [=MacGyver=]", Mac convinces KingArthur's court that he is a powerful wizard by lighting a match.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time", Jax and Stein get stranded in the Middle Ages and pass themselves off as wizards with tricks like pretending a smartphone is a magic mirror. Eventually, the spoiled and petulant boy-king says he's bored with them and orders them executed until their friends show up to rescue them.
28th Feb '17 7:13:53 PM marcoasalazarm
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29th Nov '16 9:33:04 AM ultimomant
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* On an episode of ''TheWestWing'', Michael O'Keefe guest stars as a reporter who has just returned from an extensive amount of time overseas, and considers being a member of the White House Press Corps a step down. At one point, he tells a story about how he used his lighter and PDA to convince a primitive South American tribe that he was a god.

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* On an episode of ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', Michael O'Keefe guest stars as a reporter who has just returned from an extensive amount of time overseas, and considers being a member of the White House Press Corps a step down. At one point, he tells a story about how he used his lighter and PDA to convince a primitive South American tribe that he was a god.


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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time", Jax and Stein get stranded in the Middle Ages and pass themselves off as wizards with tricks like pretending a smartphone is a magic mirror. Eventually, the spoiled and petulant boy-king says he's bored with them and orders them executed until their friends show up to rescue them.
12th Nov '16 2:06:17 PM StFan
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* Played straight and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when Rationalist!Harry [[spoiler: improvises a rocket-broomstick in order to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->''"All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This...is my... BROOMSTICK!!!"''

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* Played straight Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on the ground, and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when Rationalist!Harry [[spoiler: improvises a rocket-broomstick in order one of them says to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->''"All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This...
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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend,
is my... BROOMSTICK!!!"''
a Winchester 30.06.




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* Played straight and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when rationalist Harry [[spoiler:improvises a rocket-broomstick in order to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->'''Harry:''' All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This... is my... BROOMSTICK!!!
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* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' - rifles, masonic talismans and a lucky hit with an arrow convince the Kushians that Sean Connery is the reincarnation of the Demi-god Iskander (Alexander the Great)

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* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' - rifles, ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'': Rifles, masonic talismans and a lucky hit with an arrow convince the Kushians that Sean Connery Connery's character is the reincarnation of the Demi-god demigod Iskander (Alexander the Great)Great).



* Parodied/subverted by the movie version of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his Poloroid camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
-->'''Kwame''': He says that he likes your magic pictures...but he prefers the resolution of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real (Lyle inadvertently grabbed a gun off a guide instead of his lighter, which shares the same shape and look as the gun.)
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!

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* Parodied/subverted by the movie version of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'':
** Parodied/subverted:
Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his Poloroid camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
-->'''Kwame''': --->'''Kwame:''' He says that he likes your magic pictures...pictures... but he prefers the resolution of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real (Lyle inadvertently grabbed a gun off a guide instead of his lighter, which shares the same shape and look as the gun.)
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!
gun).



* One has to wonder what Picard was thinking in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when he continues to try and explain things like holograms to the Ba'ku even ''after'' they reveal they're just as knowledgeable and technologically capable as he is, if not more.
** They're able to fix Data's positronic brain, something almost no one in the Federation knows how to do, given that its creator is dead.

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* One has to wonder what Picard was thinking in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when he continues to try and explain things like holograms to the Ba'ku even ''after'' they reveal they're just as knowledgeable and technologically capable as he is, if not more.
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more. They're able to fix Data's positronic brain, something almost no one no-one in the Federation knows how to do, given that its creator is dead.



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* Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on the ground, and one of them says to the other:
-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.

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* Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the ground, and one of them says villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the other:
-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.
rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!



* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', for example a PowerFist, a flamer and a Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.

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* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', for example a PowerFist, a flamer and a Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.



* In the [=PS2=] game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.
** Another option the main character is given is to threaten the locals with trapping them inside of his magic box - a cell phone with someone else's picture as the wallpaper.

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* In the [=PS2=] game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.
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lighter. Another option the main character is given is to threaten the locals with trapping them inside of his magic box - -- a cell phone with someone else's picture as the wallpaper.



* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=233 this gem]] from ''NobodyScores'', we are reminded that cell phones are only a tiny node of a larger system.
** Forgot to set your phone to [[Series/DoctorWho Universal Roaming]], eh?
* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe is launched back in time and is imprisoned because she is thought to be spy. But she is given her "strange club" (shotgun) and saves the stupid king with it "She can call down the thunder to smite tie unrighteous!". Incidentally this plotline starts with a joke referring to evil dead.
** A nude magazine is also used to persuade the very very hard-to-persuade hermit.
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' is something of a subversion, as it features a strategy game geek who gets summoned into a game world. His knowledge of exploiting game mechanics to great effect might have changed the course of the war were it not for his superior, [[Main/PointyHairedBoss Lord Stanley]].
** [[spoiler: Parson did change the course of the war, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by Uncroaking the volcano and roasting the entire invading army.]] Now things are going sorta kinda his way. Maybe.]]
* ''Adventures In Aaron's Room'' parodies the TropeNamer [[http://transformershomage.com/fanfics/Toys/Advent0411.jpg here.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Note the filename:]] comic 4 frame 11. ''411.''
* ''{{Webcomic/Zukahnaut}}'' plays this straight, unless you consider the fact that the natives have the technology and the creatures that came through some sort of dimensional portal don't an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. At the true end of the conflict between the goat men and the monkey centaurs that's carried over from their shared native world, Darius, under threat by the groups he's been trying to talk down, breaks a primitive spear by putting a bullet through it. He then [[DiscussedTrope explains the situation completely]] to make it clear to the two sides. As Darius points out, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in so far as many individuals and groups are technologically behind (though they may have magic or other advantages).
** Before giving the speech he actually uses, Darius gives a ShoutOut to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', "Man I wish I knew the '''boom-stick speech''' by heart..."

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* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=233 this gem]] from ''NobodyScores'', ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'', we are reminded that cell phones are only a tiny node of a larger system.
**
system. Forgot to set your phone to [[Series/DoctorWho Universal Roaming]], eh?
* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''PartiallyClips'' ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe is launched back in time and is imprisoned because she is thought to be spy. But she is given her "strange club" (shotgun) and saves the stupid king with it "She can call down the thunder to smite tie unrighteous!". unrighteous!" Incidentally this plotline starts with a joke referring to evil dead.
**
''Evil Dead''. A nude magazine is also used to persuade the very very hard-to-persuade hermit.
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is something of a subversion, as it features a strategy game geek who gets summoned into a game world. His knowledge of exploiting game mechanics to great effect might have changed the course of the war were it not for his superior, [[Main/PointyHairedBoss [[PointyHairedBoss Lord Stanley]].
** [[spoiler: Parson
Stanley]]. [[spoiler:Parson did change the course of the war, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by Uncroaking the volcano and roasting the entire invading army.]] Now things are going sorta kinda his way. Maybe.]]
* ''Adventures In in Aaron's Room'' parodies the TropeNamer [[http://transformershomage.com/fanfics/Toys/Advent0411.jpg here.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Note the filename:]] comic 4 frame 11. ''411.''
* ''{{Webcomic/Zukahnaut}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Zukahnaut}}'' plays this straight, unless you consider the fact that the natives have the technology and the creatures that came through some sort of dimensional portal don't an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. At the true end of the conflict between the goat men and the monkey centaurs that's carried over from their shared native world, Darius, under threat by the groups he's been trying to talk down, breaks a primitive spear by putting a bullet through it. He then [[DiscussedTrope explains the situation completely]] to make it clear to the two sides. As Darius points out, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in so far as many individuals and groups are technologically behind (though they may have magic or other advantages).
**
advantages). Before giving the speech he actually uses, Darius gives a ShoutOut to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', "Man I wish I knew the '''boom-stick speech''' by heart..."



* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': In "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" the nerdy Ned travels back in time to impress natives with the power of a garage door opener. However, since there are no garage doors to open it doesn't produce the effect he desired. Played straight later on when Ned brings back video games which everyone soon becomes addicted to.
** He also invents the sitcom. Though it is eventually made obsolete when the heroes invent reality programming.
* In a time-traveling episode of ''{{Transformers}} G1'', Starscream brews up some gunpowder to intimidate and conquer a medieval region when the robots run out of energy for their blasters. Played with in that a local alchemist who sides with the Autobots ''already knows'' how to make gunpowder, he just thinks of it as "dragon's bane".

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* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': In "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" the nerdy Ned travels back in time to impress natives with the power of a garage door opener. However, since there are no garage doors to open it doesn't produce the effect he desired. Played straight later on when Ned brings back video games which everyone soon becomes addicted to.
**
to. He also invents the sitcom. Though it is eventually made obsolete when the heroes invent reality programming.
* In a time-traveling episode of ''{{Transformers}} G1'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Starscream brews up some gunpowder to intimidate and conquer a medieval region when the robots run out of energy for their blasters. Played with in that a local alchemist who sides with the Autobots ''already knows'' how to make gunpowder, he just thinks of it as "dragon's bane".



4th Nov '16 9:13:15 PM Kid
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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester Model 70.

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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester Model 70.30.06.
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