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A young kids first cannon

Post questions and info about pneumatic (compressed gas) powered cannons here. This includes discussion about valves, pipe types, compressors, alternate gas setups, and anything else relevant.
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Unread postAuthor: STHORNE » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:30 pm

Hell, my uncle snuck me a 9mm when I was 3 months old!

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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:30 pm

Make sure that the child you speak of doesn't go from happy to dead when he drops or bumps the cannon, as will inevitably occur. Oh and 9 years old is fine for a cannon assuming the kid isn't an absolute idiot.
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Unread postAuthor: mike1010 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:30 am

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before today i thought the kid was pretty responsible until when my dad and i went to their house he went ahead and threw a cat at me. (no really he picked up the poor cat and tried to chit me in the face). then he squeazed a juice box all over the floor because his mom had just finished cleaning up and he was mad. :!: i changed my mind on the launcher, i just can't imagine how terrible i would feel if he hurt himself or someone else, with something i helped him make. thanks for all the input though. maybe just like someone suggested a small pill bottle combustion might be the way to go at least until he gets a little older.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:17 pm

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You might also consider a marshmallow gun. Give'm the various hunks of PVC (couple elbows, a T or two, various lengths of 1/2" PVC) and let'm build his own gun. It doesn't have to be glued together so he can play around with the shape of the gun.

Only problem is the marshmallows all over the place...

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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:10 pm

A marshmellow gun is perfect. Pressure can't possibly get high enough to hurt. You also can't put heavier things in it with the hopes of hurting someone. But there is a certian magic about using something that doesn't require your energy; like going from a bike to a motocycle. You take a large step down the awesomness ladder by going from mechanical pneumatic to biopneumatic. But I like the idea of giving the kid a chance to shape his gun. Perhaps you could built a pneumatic with a resetable safety valve of some sort... or you could just use an aluminum foil burst disk pneumatic.
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Unread postAuthor: mike1010 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:27 pm

i like the idea too as i built him a marshmallow gun on the 26th of last month. but letting him build his own seems like a great idea thanks.
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Unread postAuthor: goathunter » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:58 pm

then he squeazed a juice box all over the floor because his mom had just finished cleaning up and he was mad. Exclamation


Have you considered building a woefully overpowered cannon for the mother? I'm thinking .50 cal lead balls...

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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:27 am

goathunter wrote:
then he squeazed a juice box all over the floor because his mom had just finished cleaning up and he was mad. Exclamation


Have you considered building a woefully overpowered cannon for the mother? I'm thinking .50 cal lead balls...

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For mothers, try Cillit BANG balls. Just like paintballs, but then with different filling.
BANG! And the dirt is gone! :D
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:50 am

rcman50166 wrote: Oh and 9 years old is fine for a cannon assuming the kid isn't an absolute idiot.


Brain damage ... :wink: ..is still very much alive and well at age 9 and far beyond, finally clearing up somewhere between 18-25 (actually full frontal lobe development). A 9 yr old should still be supervised when building and using any gun, spud or otherwise.

mike1010 wrote:@rcman and maxus
before today i thought the kid was pretty responsible until when my dad and i went to their house he went ahead and threw a cat at me. (no really he picked up the poor cat and tried to chit me in the face). then he squeazed a juice box all over the floor because his mom had just finished cleaning up and he was mad. :!: i changed my mind on the launcher, i just can't imagine how terrible i would feel if he hurt himself or someone else, with something i helped him make. thanks for all the input though. maybe just like someone suggested a small pill bottle combustion might be the way to go at least until he gets a little older.


Perfect example of the brain damage in action!! Also, it sounds like this kid could use a good firm spank on butt side.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:31 am

The answer to one of those issues is to get a bigger cat.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:16 pm

Hotwired wrote:The answer to one of those issues is to get a bigger cat.


He might be able to pick it up later when he is bigger and stronger. :lol:

Let him build his own marshmellow gun. Or maybe a simple ballvalve plinker.
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Unread postAuthor: uncomplientspud » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:26 pm

9 is too young, even with supervision imo, thats grade 3 is it not? You shouldn't be showing these to kids like that. i would agree with a above and say grade 6 is a good age
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Unread postAuthor: FordGtMan » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:31 pm

Only problem is the marshmallows all over the place...


Haha, the problem when i had them as a toddler, i had more fun eating the darn things than shooting them. Just not even then powerful enough for my tastes.. :D just lecture the kid until he can somewhat scare him to respect the cannon, and then he is by himself. nerf darts at 30 psi sound good, but unless he is monitored every time he shoots it, he will get curious of what it can do to someone eventually.
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