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#40785 - 03/25/03 12:04 AM Homemade cannons
Hoop Offline


Registered: 12/21/00
Posts: 1830
Loc: Beaumont TX
Seeing as how this is a family forum, do we want to discuss potato guns? What do you think?

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#40786 - 03/25/03 02:50 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Hoop]
Bobby Administrator Offline
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Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 3409
Loc: Spring, Texas

I voted yes....I love potato cannons!

There is a new book at Barnes and Noble that shows how to build a variety of home made artillery.

But, is it really a necessity for your camp site or on the trail?

I'd say YES....you never know when you're going to come across a Green meeting....

Chase them out of the woods and back to their SUVs.....just kidding....I wouldn't do that....


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#40787 - 03/25/03 02:59 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Bobby]
B21 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/02
Posts: 179
Loc: Austin, Tx
My dad made one a couple of years ago and you wouldnt believe the power those have. He shot out basketball goal and it just broke a huge peice off of it. We found that using a flint igniter was better than an electric one. Also the fuel you use is really important, I will find out what we used and tell yall if Bobby says its ok.
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#40788 - 03/25/03 03:03 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: B21]
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Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 869
Loc: unknown
Starter fluid or hairspray either one will work

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#40789 - 03/25/03 03:37 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: OVERTHEBARS]
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I guess I'll be the party-pooper here...

Starting campfires with a small can of gasoline is one thing. "Playing" with artillery is another..

Oh, yes, it is a lot of fun, but the risk of major injury just shot WAY, WAY up!

Heck, if you want to have that much fun just ride a trials bike! ha ha ha ha

Go easy now... I'm smiling...
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#40790 - 03/25/03 03:43 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: RockHopper]
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Registered: 03/03/03
Posts: 234
Loc: Leander, Texas
hey wasn't the dirtbike heaven gane during the summer puting pipe bombs under the cross creek trash cans and blowing them into the sky? it was funny as crap to watch bc some 4 wheller guy wasn't paying atennen and they lity the bomb and he didn't noctice it and was standing there and then saw it and then took off
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#40791 - 03/25/03 07:02 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Cr125rider_1]
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 3258
Loc: Pflugerville
Exploding arrows are fun. Just heat the tip insert up a bit and remove it. Fill the shaft with triple fine black powder, put a shotgun primer in the end, a little blob of silicone on the primer, then a cut down thumb tack. They go boom real good!!!

Tennis ball cannons are a hoot too!!!

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#40792 - 03/25/03 11:48 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Gumby]
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Loc: Houston, TX
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#40793 - 03/26/03 02:52 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: SRife]
Fender_Bender Offline
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Registered: 11/29/01
Posts: 4471
Loc: Hamilton, Tx
OK.... Now that I was almost through with this and my conputer locked up, I'll make this one short.
A friend of mine Joe, Is one that you must look out for. He's funny, dumb and not always the
smartest thing walking but good at heart. He was putting on a party and we are helping with cooking
three goats, one pig and two deer. We all dug a hole in the ground and haul fire wood Friday. He said
these deer were from last year but we had to dress them out before cutting them up and there warm
to boot. After eating somewere around 5:00 Saturday and after three 16 gallons kegs Joe pushed an
fence post (pipe) over with a truck. He then flew a hole in the bottom of the pipe with a torch and
would stuff newspaper down the pipe. He started putting an baseball bat in the pipe and used the
gass and oxygen from the torch for fuel. Once he though there was some fuel in the pipe he'd light
the torch and put it to the pipe. BOOOM!!!!! This bat would fly 200 feet or better. After see this
one time I thought I'd be better off at the house with the girls. The next day we went to see this
pipe post. It was three times the size at the bottom. This is the luckest guy I ever know.
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#40794 - 03/28/03 02:48 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Fender_Bender]
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Registered: 02/02/01
Posts: 9
Well, I go riding with some real smart fellers. We were going to camp out Friday night and ride on Saturday. After setting up camp, one of the guys brings out a potato gun with a 2" diameter barrel. It was pretty impressive, sort of like shooting a long gun. You could knock the bark off a tree 50 yards away. Just a little squirt of hair spray, then he had a twist sparker stuck in the side, and BOOM!

Well, we have this one ol' boy, who used to be an engineer for Texaco. I'll call him "Hammer". He had never seen a potato gun before and thought this was a pretty good idea, but on too small of a scale. Having worked for Texaco, he was accustomed to thinking big. So, the next Monday, he went down to ACE and bought his own supplies to make a more manly potato gun. It ended up being more like a mortar, with a 3" barrel, a 6" combustion chamber, and a push-button sparker from a barbecue pit. He had cut a broomstick to the length to get an Idaho potato baker in just the right depth.

Anyway, I was over his house one evening with a couple of other guys, and he says we need to go look at what he's got in the garage. We figured it was something on his bike, but we got out there and he pulls out his bazooka, a few big potatoes and a can of hair spray. We went out in his backyard and launched all the potatoes he had in different directions. Instead of the BOOM of the 2" gun, this thing let out more of a FOOOOF sound. The potato would leave the barrel so fast, you could only see it for a second before it left the floodlit backyard and disappeared into the darkness.

Having run out of potatoes, he went back in the house and came out with a big pear. Bad idea. The pear didn't have the structural integrity of a potato, it kind of turned to shrapnel in the barrel and just rained down all over us. About that time, Hammer decided we better call it quits before one of his neighbors called the cops.

He brought the mortar along on our next camping trip and left it sitting beside his tent when the ranger came by to visit. Either he didn't see it, or thought he would sneak back later and catch us using it, because he didn't say anything about it. We put it up until the next morning, and then took target practice on some of our gang who had stalled a bike about 150 yards away. We were able to rain potatoes down on them. When fired at a pine tree 50 yards away, the potato would shatter into bits on impact. What a hoot.

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#40795 - 04/02/03 03:41 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Hoop]
Lostner Offline
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Registered: 02/06/01
Posts: 48
Loc: Spring, Tx
Lemons work pretty well, too. One time I had to use an outhouse and it was pretty stinky, so I opened the door and fired a lemon in there and it was lemony fresh. Also, extensive research has shown old school Right Guard in the bronze colored can to be a superior propellant to Final Net without the sticky residue and buildup.
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#40796 - 04/16/03 05:31 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Lostner]
Gumby Offline
TheGreenGuy

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 3258
Loc: Pflugerville

Teen blinded by frog shot from potato gun
By Peyton D. Woodson

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

FORT WORTH -- A North Texas teenager was blinded last weekend and faces extensive reconstructive surgery because a potato gun he was playing with shot a frog into his face.

Daniel Berry, 17, of Denton was looking down the barrel of the potato gun when it went off, parents Lisa and Clifford Berry said at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

He is in serious condition, and doctors have talked to the parents about fitting him with prosthetic eyes.

"The frog hit him with a force more than a gun," Lisa Berry, 41, said. "If it had been a potato or a rock, it would have killed him. It would have blown the top of his head off."

A potato gun has a tube such as plastic water pipe, a combustion chamber and an igniter. Projectiles can be loaded into the tube and fired several hundred feet when a propellant such as hairspray is ignited in the chamber.

Berry and some friends were fishing about 1 a.m. Sunday when they saw three other teenagers with the potato gun, said Kevin Patton, a spokesman for the Denton County sheriff's department.

"They were shooting potatoes, then one of them got the idea to shoot frogs out of it," Patton said.

The gun, which the teens purchased on the Internet, began to misfire.

"Daniel Berry walked over to see if he could help," Patton said. "The frog hit him square in the face. He suffered several facial fractures."

Clifford Berry, 59, said his younger son, C.W., was with Daniel when the accident happened.

"He held him in his arms all the way from the creek bank to the hospital in Denton," Clifford Berry said.

Lisa Berry said the force of the frog blew her son's eyelids off.

"If he cries, it burns his eyes," she said. "All he ever wanted to do was be an Air Force pilot. That isn't going to happen now."



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#40797 - 04/16/03 05:36 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Gumby]
Chris Offline
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Registered: 09/23/02
Posts: 3211
Loc: Salado, TX
Thank Goodness he is still here and so sad to hear about such accidents.
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#40798 - 04/17/03 09:14 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Chris]
saladbar Offline
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Registered: 12/04/02
Posts: 35
Loc: Garland,Tx.
I heard about that on the radio today. Really sad.

Peter

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#40799 - 04/21/03 06:27 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Hoop]
Thumpr10 Offline
TON Member

Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 34
Loc: Tomball
You guys are awesome !! I ride the ambulance and guys like you definetly keep us busy !!! lolo I got into EMS to help folks and I have but I tell you what, I can tell some stories... Nothing is more funny than the things people do to themselves. Just wait long enough and you'll get to hear "Hey, watch this..." I usually am the one saying it or taking a step back so as not to get the splatter on me !! lolo

Seriously though, I'll be the first to admit that we have built a few potato guns at the firehouse. You know what they say, want a REAL fire, get a fireman... lololo 4" sch 40 pvc, 4' long section, put a Y on the end w/ screwed pipe caps on 2 of the 3 ends. bore one and insert a fireplace lighter. Seal all but one end (that's where you fuel it) connections w/ good solvent and find BIG potato's !!! Will hole a 1" board at 50 yards, fairly accurate too...

Maybe not the right forum for the discussion for safety reasons but they are fun... Just don't hurt anybody after happy hour has started, please... It's hell bandaging someone up after a couple drinks !

Be careful out there... Happy hour may have already started !! lolol
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#40800 - 04/21/03 07:55 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Thumpr10]
Spermy Administrator Offline
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Registered: 12/05/00
Posts: 5736
Loc: Buda, just south of weird
on a much larger scale! who saw "motor mayhem" this weekend? they had "punkin chunkin". basicly a larger version a potato cannon. it was a competition to see who could shoot a pumpkin farther. these "cannons" were on the back of flatbed trucks. they were shooting pumpkins almost 4000 feet in the air. there wer several different catagories but the "open class" all had air cannon type. other catagories were like, catapolts with either weights or bungistraps.

makes me think we need to have a little competition like "tire toss".
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#40801 - 04/22/03 01:52 AM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Spermy]
Hoop Offline


Registered: 12/21/00
Posts: 1830
Loc: Beaumont TX
How about a PW50 toss!
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#40802 - 04/27/03 05:49 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Spermy]
Bobby Administrator Offline
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Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 3409
Loc: Spring, Texas

I had an idea for a TON Promo Event where we run a race and send them through a gauntlet.

OK....it was a Jackass spinoff idea, but I think it would be funny as hell as a video.....

OK....I'm not serious about the damn potato cannons! I don't want to kill anyone....

Maybe we could do it for CHARITY...as in, TON Charity.....and try a spinoff of the idea.....

.....spectators get to throw potatoes and veggies at the riders as the come by.

Kinda' like a 21st Century version of running the Gauntlet.....that is, Texas Offroad Network style.

We set up volunteer teams of riders who can switch off during the event.....
Spectators pay for the right to throw tomatoes and splat stuff at the riders.....
or you BUY the veggies from us at a markup....so we know they're safe....

All the proceeds go to the TON fund....to support the Community...??


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#40803 - 04/27/03 10:32 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Bobby]
B21 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/02
Posts: 179
Loc: Austin, Tx
Heck yea Bobby! I will ride down the line for you.
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#40804 - 06/03/04 11:16 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Spermy]
Vintage_Vinnie Offline
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Registered: 05/28/04
Posts: 366
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Oh yeah- PUNKIN CHUNKIN!! If someone doesn't get it, you will never be able to explain to them the rush of adrenaline one gets chuckin objects that are not intended to be airborne at high velocities and altitudes!

I once built a catapult in the tailgate of a pickup truck- the throwing arm was 7' long, and the springs I used to actuate it required a winch to "cock". It was a Toyota pickup, and when the thing fired the rear end would nearly lift off the ground. It would chuck a watermelon about fifty yards. It was scary as heck to operate, and one time it ripped the anchor bolts right out of the frame, resulting in an exploded rear window. I dismantled it before the claims adjuster came, and it never got put back. It WAS fun while it lasted, though.
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#40805 - 09/06/04 08:10 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Vintage_Vinnie]
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Registered: 09/08/01
Posts: 381
Loc: Houston
bunch of rookies! my brothers a member of the texas army and he's got a civil war style cannon that he lights up every now and then. talk about rockin the locals. after he fires it up we can hear auto alarms going off all over the neighborhood. when he chooses to fire a projectile he uses small juice cans filled with concrete. fire in the hole!
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#40806 - 09/30/04 11:10 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: My6]
Vintage_Vinnie Offline
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Registered: 05/28/04
Posts: 366
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Rookie? ROOKIE???? I could tell ya some tales about some home-made munitions, but in these days of terrorists and the zealots who pursue them, it would be most unwise. Let's just say the age of home made "firecrackers" is officially over.
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#428621 - 08/27/09 05:05 PM Re: Homemade cannons [Re: Vintage_Vinnie]
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Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 3
Loc: Out near Big Bend
LOL... I am kinda the "adventurous" one in my family.. I built a potato gun a few years ago and took it to my sister's house for Thanksgiving... No one even had the faintest idea what the thing was 'til I fired it off the first time.. then they wanted to fire it themselves.. We shot a lot of Taters that afternoon..
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