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Ping pong "safe" launcher

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Unread postAuthor: Zen/// » Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:23 am

This isnt really worth a showcase post but.... :o

About 30 miniutes ago at my local community center they had a party where about 50 people at a time in a gymnasium (I was one!!! :D ) had simple puematic cannons that shot ping pong balls randomly found on the ground. :?

The basic idea is a flexable bottle (that you can hit and will just flex) is attached to a foot long cardboard tube the ID of a ping pong ball.
You put the ping pong ball in the barrel. Put the gun against your waist, and hit the chamber expelling the ball out at rspectible speeds (enough to leave a big welt) :shock:

There was speedball type cover everywhere and total darkness but a flashing light that made you felt you were having a siezure or haveing a nightmare. :!:

It was really fun, the lights made my friend look like a orange team guy and I shot him from about 4 feet and gave him a big welt in his stomach. :oops:

I only got hit by 2 kids in the back, but chased one around hiting him 3 times in the back and thigh. :twisted:

Of course someone is going to say "NEVER SHOOT PROJECTILES AT HUMANS" But have you ever played paintball or airsoft? :evil:

With a good arm you leave huge welts at close range, but we all wore goggles. I got bettween the eyes once, but i was wearing goggles. 8)
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:40 am

haha good crap good crap man,
Now I'm off to make one to take onto the school bus lol.
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Unread postAuthor: Zen/// » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:42 am

Yeah it's soo satisfying to shoot someone and they say ahh,Then they take a ball and shoot you in the butt while your picking a pp ball up.
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Unread postAuthor: Hubb » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:08 am

That does sound interesting. And I'm sure the mods won't mind you talking about this. I bet it would be cool to play a more energetic game, such as paintball or airsoft, with a strobe light.
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Unread postAuthor: Davidvaini » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:23 am

I dont really see how ping pong balls are that dangerous... whenever i play ping pong we smash the balls and get hit and its comparable to getting hit with an airsoft bb.
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Unread postAuthor: Hubb » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:27 am

I guess a ping pong ball could be dangerous. Take one in the eye and let us know. JK. :D
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:45 am

Ooh these sound fun, I'm gonna go make one with an old soft drink bottle lol. Now I just need a cheap source of ping pong balls lol.
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Unread postAuthor: The Kid » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:42 am

Insomniac wrote:Ooh these sound fun, I'm gonna go make one with an old soft drink bottle lol. Now I just need a cheap source of ping pong balls lol.


ping pong balls are dirt cheap i brought 100 for $9
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:10 am

Where can you get a deal like that? I've only seen them for like $3 a 6pack.
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Unread postAuthor: The Kid » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:32 pm

big w in australia my mum works there and picked up 2 tubs that were missing about 20 balls for $9 there ussally $10 for a tub of 60.
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:43 pm

Lol I made one with 4 toilet rolls, a soda bottle and an old ping pong ball that fits PERFECTLY. Lots of fun and quite powerful for what it is lol.
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