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pneumatic air 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: day » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:33 pm

I have never built a spud gun before, so I am starting slow and simple. My plan is to build a pneumatic air cannon. I think I have the design down, but i would like to know how to install the valve in which the air is pumped into. i plan on using a bike pump, and a copper valve. The cannon will be a single rod, divided by a ball valve. The compression chamber will be 4" while the barrel will be 3". Most likely, the whole cannon will be about 4 feet long or so.

It should look something like this:

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that is only the rear where the compressed air will be held. The samll point sticking out of the top is where id like the valve to be.

any help would be gratly appreciated
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Taterhead » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:44 pm

You can but your vavle anywhere that will be out of the way as long as it is going into the air chamber. Doesn't sound like a very long cannon. Any way Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:48 pm

First of all welcome to the sport my friend.
To answer your question it would be best to get reducers, but if you can’t (if you like me your going cheep) screw it in the area were the end cap is attached to the presser chamber where it is the thickest. Good luck, have fun.
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Unread postAuthor: CS » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:52 pm

How to install the valve-
-The to valves it sounds like youd be willing to use is this 'begineer' if you will cannon is a ball valve and a sprinkler valve. [I tell you right now PVC ball valves suck anus, there very hard to turn] Both the valves have female threads to thread into. So off one end of the barrel, and one end of the chamber, you will need male adapter fittings that will fit the thread on you valve. Id suggest you use a modded sprinkler, and knock down the chamber diameter. Make sure to use teflon tape on the threaded connnections.

How to install the air valve-
-Schrader valves, and air compressor quick disconnects are the common ways of adding air into your chamber. Most commonly the QC's have 1/4" thread, and Schraders with 1/8" and 1/4" NPT threads. This device should be tapped into a area in which a pipe and fitting overlap.

About the 'reducers'-
Reducers have shorter socket depths, which can be a concern when using prolonged pressures. One should use <a href="http://www.watertanks.com/images/sch80reduc.jpg">bushings</a>, instead of <a href="http://media.doitbest.com/products/408948.gif">reducers</a>.
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Unread postAuthor: day » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:35 pm

ok thanks, im planning on building it tonight, and ill test it tomorrow most likely. thanks for the help and ill lett you see how it goes
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Unread postAuthor: day » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:00 pm

i have a question, is it possible to make a cannon that has a 3" barrel and have the air chamber also 3"?
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:02 pm

I see no reason why it would not be.
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Unread postAuthor: POS » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:22 pm

It is possible, but it wont be that powerfull. Pressure wil drop relatively quick when you fire the gun. And for sure it wil drop a lot if your barrel is longer than your chamber.
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Unread postAuthor: day » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:15 pm

ok i was thinking the same thing
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Unread postAuthor: day » Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:24 pm

Im still working on a couple things on my original, which i will complete eventually. But for now, ive been things on making a versio of the CLAC,

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtop ... 753&#40753

only with a 3" chamber. I realize that it wont shoot very far, but i was wondering if i could use a bike pump to fill the chamber or do i need an air compressor?
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Unread postAuthor: POS » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:58 am

you can use a bikepump, even to fill a baloon (I mean a big one to fly in). It will only take time, but it is possible. Use a footpump instead, that goes faster and you get more pressure.
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Unread postAuthor: day » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:11 pm

ok thanks, i dont have a footpump but they're pretty cheap.
i try to have it built by this weekend
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Unread postAuthor: POS » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:12 pm

I bought a pump two weeks ago for less then 5 euro. I can get a pressure of 140 psi out of it. Its plastic, so if you buy a metal one, you should get a higher pressure.
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Unread postAuthor: day » Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:04 pm

ok thanks, well i launched it yesterday and today. ill post pictures as soon as i take them, but it got a golf ball 80 yards. even though thats not to far, you have to remember that the chamber is the same size as the barrel, and that its leeking. im working on stopping that now, i have the chamber screw into the cannon itself, that way i can change chambers. i tryed to use none permenant pipe sealent, but air excapes. i was wondering if there is another sealent i could use instead of gluing the chamber shut.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:05 am

If it has threads just use alot of teflon tape but make sure you put it on the right way so it doesnt un-wind when you tighten it up.
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