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Posted: 5/8/2003 11:18:19 AM EDT

It's called a "spud gun", but behind the quirky name is a dangerous weapon that kids can make out of stuff they find around the house. The story on tonight's CBS EVENING NEWS.

Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:21:33 AM EDT
Ban veggies....for the children don't you know!

The worst part is, Kalifonistan will now try to pass a .10 tax on each and every potato or componant there of.[;)]
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:21:42 AM EDT
Spud guns are fun!
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:24:14 AM EDT

I guess it was just a matter of time. Ban PVC! Background checks for hairspray!  It's for the children!

Spud guns are all the rage with German kids, and they have been banned there.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:25:49 AM EDT
I made one and have pics, when I get a new scanner I will post them.

It is no longer after it exploded and threw me about 6 feet. The end cap flew off and hit me in the chest. I had a imprint of my shirt on my skin for about a month.

Still was fun lol. And about being stuff around the hose I sure didnt have alot of the stuff alot of stuff you wouldnt find in your home if making a high powered spud gun (700fps)
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:28:57 AM EDT
i built a "carbine" "long" and "standard" at one point, great fun, and geeeezus those things launch those potatoes

hairspray stunk like hell and wasnt all that reliable, wd-40 was a no go, so i got the bright idea to use acetylene instead.............worked great.  then i wanted a little more power and thought, hell, lets throw in some pure oxygen as well...............worked better, until i got the mixture right and blew the cap off the back.  just lucky nobody got hurt.  pure acetlylene works great though.

and no, i didnt use any of the 50,000 gallons of propane on this place, that may have worked too well
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:31:47 AM EDT
I used mosquito spray, but it is too powerful a solvent and would weld the end cap shut.

I saw my first spud gun in 1996.  It was standing up against the wall at a party I was attending.  I was just wondering what it was for about 1/2 an hour before I asked the host "WTF is that thing?  I can't figure out what it is."

That led to a demonstration, and I built my own a few weeks later [:)]  Fun as hell.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:37:24 AM EDT
Anybody try Ronson lighter fluid?  Or, hell, you can buy butane now.

Back when soda and beer cans were steel and you had to open them with church-keys, we would use those and duct tape them together to make tennis ball mortars. Flaming tennis balls are beautiful in the night sky.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:42:39 AM EDT
Rubbing alcohol and a tennis ball and play catch its so dam fun  to throw a fire ball back and forth.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:51:08 AM EDT
Heres mine.

Link Posted: 5/8/2003 2:17:36 PM EDT
I compressed air with a pump to about 100 psi then let her rip.  Heard is was safer that way and you get more consistant results.
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