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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:25 am

Ok so today i get this idea that if you fill ballons with flour you get a piece of ammo that "explodes" when it hits a hard surface right?
But then you think that the force of the initial shot would pop the ballons in the barrel, and you will get a white flour cloud out the end, right?

WRONG!

All that happens is that the flour ballons get realy flat!

What went wrong?
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Unread postAuthor: bluerussetboy » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:39 am

doesn't sound as if anything went wrong. the balloon wasn't stretched far enough for it to rupture.

cops have been using beanbag rounds for decades.

http://www.policeone.com/policeone/data/07-06lomtt3.jpg


almost the same thing
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:51 am

Shoot it at a board with several nails stick through it. That should give you your desired effect.
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:38 pm

I filled a plastic bag with flour and shot it at a tree, it exploded in a puff of white "smoke".

I think they key is to fire at an abrasive surface that shreds your vessel.
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:57 pm

was fired at a rough brick wall. will try with a one layer baloon tom.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:40 pm

I've thrown balloons of water about 30ft upwards and watched them bounce on concrete...

The skin has to be under a lot of tension or has to be physically punctured for it to burst on impact.

I'd go with turbos version for a more guaranteed burst, plastic shopping bags are much less stretchy and will rip quite easily.
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:30 pm

Try using the real long balloons that are for making balloon animals. They won't be as round so they'll be able to fit in a smaller diameter barrel
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:56 pm

Hotwired wrote:
I'd go with turbos version for a more guaranteed burst, plastic shopping bags are much less stretchy and will rip quite easily.


Actually, I was using one of those "Ziploc" bags. Same idea applies though.
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:56 pm

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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:57 pm

the key is a container that splits or cracks, not a abrasive surface. the baloon deforms, but doesnt break. the plastic bag broke because it easily splits, most likely on a seam.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:34 am

If it just got flat and didnt rupture, your gun just wasnt powerful enough. :)
What did you shoot it with?
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:54 pm

a combustion, from 2meters. Its powerfull enough to Launch appels 250m.
And at times a bunch of stones through the sound barrier. crunches deo cans, and anialates Cellphones frozen in ice. Not Powerful enough, pft :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:00 pm

Try shooting at an angle, the inertia may just pin the flour to the wall.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:03 pm

I find it hard to belive that you broke the sound barrier with a gun that cannot bust open a balloon.

to break the sound barrier, you need a hybrid or a pneumatic powered by a lighter than air gas, like helium.
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Unread postAuthor: Hubb » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:54 pm

Spitfire wrote:What went wrong?


It seems to me that your balloon was not inflated enough and your cannon was not powerful enough. Try using the "water balloon" balloons. They have a really thin shell and I have yet to have one burst when impacting a target (using a 1.5" barrel).
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