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Do they make blowguns with a safety???

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Do they make blowguns with a safety???

Unread postAuthor: ImHUGEnJAPAN » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:38 pm

Ok I have done some searching but have come up short. Do they make blowguns with a safety (like on a hand gun)that prevents you from pushing down the trigger???

The only thing that I have come up with so far is using some type of clip to keep the trigger from pressing down. See picture below.

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Any suggestions???
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Unread postAuthor: brother361 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:50 pm

ball valve thats all i can think of
but if your idea works then go for it
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Unread postAuthor: Tom » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:01 pm

I do not get why you would do al that work for just safety :D . Just be carefull with a trigger thats all
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:14 pm

The safety for all my guns are in my brain...its cheap and way more effective then any one could manufacture... :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: ImHUGEnJAPAN » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:21 pm

Tom wrote:I do not get why you would do al that work for just safety :D . Just be carefull with a trigger thats all


Ok, I forgot to clarify that I will be using this as a paintball grenade launcher and I don't want to accidentally shoot anyone becuase the trigger could go off pretty easily running around with this thing.

If I plan to shoot this off at my house then I don't need a safety, but I would like one for playing paintball. That way it won't accidentally go off and hurt someone.
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:27 pm

Get a quarter inch gate valve and place it between the valve and pilot.
It takes several turns to fully open, so you don’t have to worry about it tripping the main valve when you open it like you would with a ball valve.

EDIT: when I told you I thought I saw a blowgun with a safety I was mistaken, as I think about it I believe it was a pressure washer handle…
Sorry ‘bout that.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:39 pm

Its either blocking off the trigger like that OR its adding an ball valve or other valve in front or behind it.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:59 pm

I'm a little worried about some attitudes springing up here - no work is too much for safety.
I'm sure if you'd been cursed with half as many mishaps I have been in the past (fortunately not related to launchers, most of the time), you probably wouldn't be quite so lackadaisical about the subject - as a matter of fact, you might not still be alive. Really, it's only through sheer luck and seeming invulnerability that I'm still here today.

The casual attitude "just be careful" actually is behind more accidents than you might believe.

There are four parts to safety - Mindset, prevention, protection and preparation.
Mindset is the willingness to adhere to safety (accepting, learning and using gun safety rules), preparation prevention the steps taken to enforce it (gun safety catches), protection what will prevent an accident becoming a disaster (ear defenders and goggles), preparation making sure all of these steps are sorted.

Think of it as "MP3" if you want.
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Unread postAuthor: ImHUGEnJAPAN » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:59 pm

judgment_arms wrote:Get a quarter inch gate valve and place it between the valve and pilot.
It takes several turns to fully open, so you don’t have to worry about it tripping the main valve when you open it like you would with a ball valve.

EDIT: when I told you I thought I saw a blowgun with a safety I was mistaken, as I think about it I believe it was a pressure washer handle…
Sorry ‘bout that.


Hey, no problem. Thanks for the help.
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:12 pm

There are four parts to safety - Mindset, prevention, protection and preparation.
Mindset is the willingness to adhere to safety (accepting, learning and using gun safety rules), preparation prevention the steps taken to enforce it (gun safety catches), protection what will prevent an accident becoming a disaster (ear defenders and goggles), preparation making sure all of these steps are sorted


I don't argue with any point of that. I"m just not a big fan of the safeties on my firearms or spud guns...as long you have common sense about the whole thing. I.E no fooling around, point it only at what you intend to shoot that that kind of thing...there is no need for safety's.

Like I said the biggest safety is in your brain and in almost all cases its by far the most practical...

With that being said...I like the yoke idea...no reason why it wouldn't work... 8)
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Unread postAuthor: clide » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:31 pm

Take a look at a few power tools like grinders in the hardware store. A very common and simple safety mechanism for lever triggers is simply a spring loaded tab that goes through the lever. It wouldn't be to hard to make and would certainly be easier to use than a clip that you have to manually replace.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:34 pm

Make your own out of a bit of thick plastic and some cutting and abrading.

The only safety feature I've heard much of on simple blowguns are built in pressure reducers.

They're on the end of an airline and not rigidly fixed so I don't think it's considered likely that the lever will be pressed or that the air pressure its (meant to be) used at would warrant a physical safety.
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Unread postAuthor: Hubb » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:38 pm

Have you considered using a pressure washer handle? Some of them have built in safeties. I'm not too sure, but I believe Brian the Brain used on on his BBMG.
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Unread postAuthor: biggsauce » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:45 pm

as long you have common sense about the whole thing. I.E no fooling around, point it only at what you intend to shoot that that kind of thing...there is no need for safety's.


I wish I could trust myself as much as you do. I know I am responsible with firearms, its just the environment I which I operate that I can't trust. Although I know I am perfectly capable of climbing a 20ft ladder and operating a power drill, I still want to wear the safety harness. Others sometimes don't hold themselves to the safety standards you do.

So why not add the safety? I second the yoke idea, it seems like it could be effective.

Or you could add a ball valve before the blowgun. When you pressurize your chamber, have the valve open. When its up to pressure, close the valve and run around or whatever. Then open the valve and fire.
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:02 pm

Its just the environment I which I operate that I can't trust. Although I know I am perfectly capable of climbing a 20ft ladder and operating a power drill, I still want to wear the safety harness. Others sometimes don't hold themselves to the safety standards you do.


Thats common sense...you need to work safe, and play safe...When I am in your shoes (some times I do things like that) I do the same thing

The reason I hate safeties is mostly my own fault. It seems as though every time my safety is on... I pull up to shoot get on target an pull the trigger only to find nothing happens...If I ever need a gun I want it on demand. E.I no fiddling with safeties or any of that nonsense...

And that some times I've seen people rely on their safeties as an excuse to fool around...ever heard the phrase "It's OK the safety is on?"....
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