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Re: CO2 paintball claymore

Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:11 pm

you could have for example a servo which moves a ball valve which pilots the QEV...
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Unread postAuthor: pigeon » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:01 pm

yup - I thought of that. Seems a bit messy though - a pity as the sprinkler valve method is so simple. With those you get your valve and electric motor to trigger it all in one part.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:55 am

pigeon wrote:With those you get your valve and electric motor to trigger it all in one part.


That's true.

Here's a thought, do you have access to these?



For the price of a sprinkler valve you get a 12 gram CO2 firing mechanism... a cheap servo could easily pull the pin...
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Unread postAuthor: pigeon » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:16 pm

we do - we use those all the time! Not a bad idea.

What you'd probably do is pull the pin to arm it, and have the servo flick off some sort of catch which is holding the spoon. The pin takes quite a bit of force to pull out.

These are about $50 here in NZ. You're getting the CO2 charger/holder, and a firing mechanism so that's not too bad I guess.

the CO2 coming out of the 12gram thru a tiny pinhole - thats not going to be enough to launch everything is it is? Dont you need it to expand into a larger chamber, and then get dumped quickly through a bigger bore hole to actually launch something?
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:21 pm

I would find a way to strike the CO2 capsule open inside a PVC chamber which has a burst disk setup on one end, that would give you a huge bang in a compact package... the downside would be that you're unlikely to be able to make it using off-the-shelf parts
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Unread postAuthor: Humancarpentry » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:59 pm

I was just thinking that the easiest way to make these cheap, simple, effective and electronically triggered would be to use a hybrid design and a simple spark igniter to trigger them. Get rid of the valve all together and just put in a foil burst disk between the chamber and the paintball barrel.
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Unread postAuthor: pigeon » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:30 pm

so they'd use fuel and ignition, rather than CO2?
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:56 am

pigeon wrote:so they'd use fuel and ignition, rather than CO2?


This is definitely a more practical option, but most fields would classify such devices as pyrotechnics and not allow them.
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