Hunter S. Thompson Shooting At His Neighbor

Luger

Not sure when this happened but it was clearly a different time. Hunter S. Thompson gets into a shooting volley with his neighbor. Thompson uses his Luger pistol and fires it like artillery. I hope there are no people in the direction he is firing even his neighbor. This is very irresponsible firearm ownership. Both him and his neighbor should not be using firearms in this manner.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Isaac O. Lees

    The last Great American Journalist. RIP in peyote you magnificent bastard.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    They made “Artillery Lugers” for a reason.

  • M.M.D.C.

    Gonzo marksmanship.

  • Suppressed

    Allow me to explain this behavior by The God Hunter S. Thompson. Here is his daily routine:

    3:00 p.m. rise
    3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
    3:45 cocaine
    3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
    4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
    4:15 cocaine
    4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
    4:30 cocaine
    4:54 cocaine
    5:05 cocaine
    5:11 coffee, Dunhills
    5:30 more ice in the Chivas
    5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
    6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
    7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)
    9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
    10:00 drops acid
    11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
    11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.
    12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
    12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
    6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
    8:00 Halcyon
    8:20 sleep

    Personally, I’m just amazed he could eat so much whilst consuming so much cocaine.

    • Giolli Joker

      OH MY GOD!!!!

      …fettuccine Alfredo are such a travesty of proper Italian food!!!!

      • Miguel Raton

        Fine then: fettucine carbonara, hold the pig. Everyone’s tastes are different…

    • derpmaster

      Dove bars. #thuglyfe

    • gusto

      And he didn’t want to advocate drugs and alcohol but it worked for him

      • Giolli Joker

        The impressive thing is that although he subjected his body to all of that, he still needed a bullet to finish the job.
        I don’t think the average guy would survive such a treatment… maybe he had Keith Richards/Ozzy Osbourne genes…

    • TheMaskedMan

      Every second of Hunter S. Thompson’s life was like the first two minutes of a Law and Order episode.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Lol, “grass to take the edge off the day.” He’s been awake for 3 hours and he’s already stressed!!

    • manBear

      Dunhills?

      • Suppressed
        • manBear

          Aaah gotcha … That man is a legend

    • John Yossarian

      It never got weird enough for me.

    • 2hotel9

      And that was just an average Monday.

    • itsmefool

      Sorry, but you forgot to denote the time he spent beating his wife.

      • Suppressed

        I laid out his daily routine, and being as I couldn’t find anything concrete about it out there, it certainly wasn’t part of his DAILY routine.

        I just looked around for 15-20 mins and came up empty handed. I’m not saying it never happened, but I’m not finding a much to say it did either.

        Regardless of whether it’s fact or not, thanks for the contribution Mr. Killington.

    • Hickory Stonewall

      spectator JohnKerry attended the funeral JohnnyDepp shelled out for the spectacle. was he buried in his favorite Che’ T-shirt?

      • Blake

        He wasn’t buried. He was shot up into the sky from a giant cannon shaped like a double-thumbed fist holding a peyote tab and exploded high in the sky.

        • Hickory Stonewall

          double thumbs up. Peyote and a bottle of Thunderbird, the choice of drunks who ride on the grill of a semi

    • koko

      I think you might forgot to mention about some cocaine. He needed some cocaine to stay mentally awake after doing previous cocaine. Then a little more cocaine could help him to balance the level of old and new cocaine. After that, all he needs to do is some cocaine to prepare his organism for next dose of cocaine.

      • Core

        He should have just installed a cocaine pump..

    • Mike H.

      You forgot about the methamphetamine…

    • Marc

      You forgot the mescaline

  • There is an old Conan remote where he and Thompson get turned up on whiskey and shoot machine guns all day while hammered drunk.

    Thompson only agreed to an interview if Conan would get drunk and shoot machine guns with him.

    • Suppressed

      No surprise that the guy in cowboy boots spells it out as “turned up”, lol.

      (FYI, I’m just busting your balls.)

  • Edeco

    RIP hero. Although, a few things he said and maybe did in Hell’s Angels I don’t admire.

  • paulm53

    If memory serves, neighbor was John Denver.

    • Tom

      And Jack Nicholson up the road

      • comatus

        You know, that explains a great deal.

        • iksnilol

          IIRC he traumatized Jack Nicholson.

  • Sulaco

    Don’t think he got more than two shots in a row out of that Luger before it jammed…

    • derpmaster

      basically sums up my experience with the things. they are extremely ammo sensitive.

      • Jonathan Ferguson

        I would suggest it’s the other way around; modern 9x19mm ammunition isn’t Luger-friendly. 😉

        • Cap’n Mike

          I have a Walther P38 made in March of 1945 and the quality is top notch.

  • Anonymous

    Where the hell was this from?

    • uisconfruzed

      Kalifornia, Kolorado?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “This is very irresponsible firearm ownership. Both him and his neighbor should not be using firearms in this manner.”

  • Vhyrus

    I think the peacock crowing ‘heehaw!’ at :31 pretty perfectly summed up this clip.

  • BrickFrog

    …if something’s worth doing, it’s worth over-doing.

  • manBear

    How do I make this guy my dad? Is that possible?

    • Scott P

      Unfortunately he passed on 11 years ago.

  • Eh… Yeah, irresponsible. But ol’ Hunter gets a pass in retrospect because a) he’s obviously not doing it anymore; and b) he’s him.

    The rest of us aren’t him, so we get NO pass on such antics.

  • Brotonium

    No it wasn’t a different time, this is normal HST.

  • Oh Hunter S. Thompson is wonderful! He invented gonzo journalism, which is like classical journalism, except you get high on cocaine and ether and alcohol at the same time and ramble on about everything from alien space bats coming for you to how George Bush hates football.

    That’s why they call him the father of modern journalism.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Damned alien space bats!

  • CanadianShill

    I think you could say that man lived…. Very thoroughly.

  • ZF

    To be honest I wasn’t surprised at all. Hell, I’d imagine none of his neighbors would remotely be bothered either.

    “That popping sound? Oh that’s just Mr. Thompson getting into a shootout with my husband. Nothing to worry about, dear. Another cup of tea?”

  • Spartacus Khan

    livin’ the dream

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Wit a minute she said she had nothing to do with it and I believe her….

  • jerome

    That’s why illegal drug users are not allowed by the ATF to purchase a gun

  • uisconfruzed

    The bird started calling him a pee hole.

  • Jamie Clemons

    It can’t be clear from the video that the neighbor may have fired first.

  • ft

    Take his guns and throw him in jail.
    I am pro 2nd Amendment but anti 2nd Amendment stupid.

    • Mr. C

      He’s really dead.

    • iksnilol

      Better start digging then.

      • Anon. E Maus

        Actually, didn’t he have himself cremated and fired out of a cannon?

        • iksnilol

          I think so.

  • ChupaMe

    I know someone that lived near him and would occasionally encounter him at the Woody Creek Tavern. To say he was described as a “difficult” neighbor would be a severe understatement.

  • Bert OConnor

    To paraphrase lyrics from the Wizard of Oz:
    As Mayor of the Munchkin City, In the County of the Land of Oz,
    I welcome you most regally.
    But we’ve got to verify it legally, to see If he
    Is morally, ethic’lly
    Spiritually, physically
    Positively, absolutely
    Undeniably and reliably Dead

    To quote “Bones” on Star Trek: He’s dead Jim!

  • Jenny Everywhere

    Ahh, Uncle Duke, shooting at John Denver. Good times, good times…

  • midnitelamp

    I think Galen Geer should get an honorable mention.

  • 1inidaho

    What can we say about someone who purposely gets his ass stomped by The Hells Angels and blows his brains out in his hot tub.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    There was a Doonesbury cartoon strip that satirized Hunter Thompson’s enthusiasm for firearms. It depicts icicles being shot off the roof of John Denver’s cabin on the adjacent piece of Colorado property, using a “high powered rifle”.

    • Blake

      Uncle Duke.

  • Don La Rue

    Without a doubt, the best neighbor dispute I’ve ever seen….Go Hunter!

  • Booko Ninjiin

    Notice how many malfunctions his luger had. Toggled back after nearly every shot.

    • maodeedee

      My Grandfather captured a brand new (at the time) 1914 Luger in WWI. It worked fine with the German ammo and it worked with British Kynoch ammo but would not work with any modern commercial ammo even when I got a New Mec-gar mag for it.

      They were beautiful looking guns that felt good in your hand but were temperamental as an Italian sports car.

      • 2hotel9

        How heavy a bullet were you firing? Luger and Walther P38 were designed to fire a heavier round than modern 9mm para/luger. I learned this the hard way when I first bought a Walther P1. I thought something was wrong and an older gunsmith set me straight.

      • Booko Ninjiin

        I often pondered whether the Luger was designed to function with typical 9mm submachine gun ammo, which was probably more potent and quality controlled than typical pistol ammo of the time and may have exceeded what is now SAAMI specs. Just my opining, not a known fact.

  • maodeedee

    There is an old saying about God watching over drunks and fools and I guess that include people ewho took aa many drugs as Hunter S Thomson did as well.
    An earlier contemporary of his, William S Burroughs, wasn’t so lucky the time he unsuccessfully tried to shoot a Martini glass of the top of his wife’s head. and shot the top of her head off instead.

  • Cobranut

    Crazy SOB’s, both of them. LOL

  • Alex A.

    There’s no such thing as a “Last Ditch Luger”. Production ended in 1942, and all of them, from the first prototype to the last one off the line, were of the highest quality manufacture and the best materials available. It’s toggle action locking system wouldn’t have worked otherwise.

  • Zebra Dun

    As a child, young dumb and foolish we kids would mortar birdshot at each other from long range.
    Silly as hell I know but we were bored.