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Unread postAuthor: cannon freak » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:37 pm

lol, sorry poor choice in words, I didn't mean one side was always in darkness, I was just trying to get the point across that one side always faces us and we never see the other side.

But yes you are right it does receive just as much light.

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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:22 pm

Don’t know about the first combustion spud gun, but as for the first pneumatic, I know that the first airgun was made by Martin Le Bourgeoys in 1610, this guy was French (viva la France!!), but the Austrians improved upon the airgun, during the late 1700s and the early 1800s the Austrian army used an airgun known as the Girardoni, a was a, if memory serves, .52cal airgun, it had a 22 round magazine, and was more accurate than firearms of it’s time due to the fact that it’s rifled and had a range equal to most firearms if it’s day! Lewis and Clark had one during there journey to the western coast of the U.S., it scared the living crap out of the natives, silent and as rapid in fire as a bow, but as lethal as a firearms!
And as for air CANNONS well in the 1880s D.M. Mefford, an American, made an air cannon that shot dynamite! The dynamite cannon was perfected by Lieutenant Zalinski of the U.S. army, it was employed as harbor defense, the U.S. used them in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, the Aussies almost got one, but at the time they were still under British rule, and the Brits didn’t like it. Unfortunately during the cannons development explosive rounds had bean perfected enough that the dynamite cannon was rendered obsolete by the 1900…

There’s your history lesson for this week!

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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:49 pm

The Duke? Are you kidding me? Bruce Li all the way.
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:04 pm

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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:06 pm

You know what? Bruce Li discovered both of the Americas, and he discovered Chuck Norris. Then chuck Norris discovered the Duke. They both report the Bruce.
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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:36 pm

Bull crap. Bruce Li owns all.
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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:57 pm

Are you kidding me? Bruce Li taught Chuck Norris. They fought once and Bruce owned him.
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Unread postAuthor: A-98 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:19 pm

well, it is a well known fact that president Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki instead of sending in Chuck Norris. why? He deemed it more "humane".
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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:24 pm

OK well seriously. Bruce Li could break a 150 pound punching bag with one kick, hold a 125 pound barbell at arms length for 20 seconds, and strike successfully from three feet in 5 hundredths of a second. And as I said before, he whipped Chuck Norris.
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Unread postAuthor: big bore » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:43 am

i don't know who was first with the potato gun but on july 4 1985 in nashville, tenn. my nephew was lamenting the fact he could get no fireworks. i told him i had made many noise making cannons utilizing a combustion chamber ( to restrict and intensify the pressure) much like the nozzle on a rocket and a long bbl to direct the sound ,so we scounged around the house and found an empty freon bottle for the combustion chamber and a 3 foot length of schedule 40 pipe for the bbl, that just fit a tennis ball.
i insisted on the tennis ball because if it hit any thing upon falling no harm resulted. they were reused. firing burned the fuzz leaving a smoke trail like a tracer!
later that week, tuffy mccullough (when the supply houses were open)
built several PVC cannons using 4" end sections with screw caps the other end necked down to 2"bbls. he used a coleman lamp spark lighter for ign.
that same summer he and two of his friends were arrested for shooting potatoes at passing tug boats and barges on the river that passes thru nashville.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:33 am

judgment_arms wrote:Don’t know about the first combustion spud gun, but as for the first pneumatic, I know that the first airgun was made by Martin Le Bourgeoys in 1610, this guy was French (viva la France!!), but the Austrians improved upon the airgun, during the late 1700s and the early 1800s the Austrian army used an airgun known as the Girardoni, a was a, if memory serves, .52cal airgun, it had a 22 round magazine, and was more accurate than firearms of it’s time due to the fact that it’s rifled and had a range equal to most firearms if it’s day! Lewis and Clark had one during there journey to the western coast of the U.S., it scared the living crap out of the natives, silent and as rapid in fire as a bow, but as lethal as a firearms!
And as for air CANNONS well in the 1880s D.M. Mefford, an American, made an air cannon that shot dynamite! The dynamite cannon was perfected by Lieutenant Zalinski of the U.S. army, it was employed as harbor defense, the U.S. used them in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, the Aussies almost got one, but at the time they were still under British rule, and the Brits didn’t like it. Unfortunately during the cannons development explosive rounds had bean perfected enough that the dynamite cannon was rendered obsolete by the 1900…

There’s your history lesson for this week!

Oh and the Duke discovered America, Columbus was just his flunky, and since John Wayne was such a nice guy he let Columbus take all the credit! Get your facts straight!!


So how did they compress the air way back then?
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Unread postAuthor: judgment_arms » Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:12 pm

They used a pump that the pressure reservoir screwed into; if I remember right it took over 20,000 strokes to get the 3,000 PSI that was used. Some of the earlier guns only got one shot per charge, the Giradoni got 22 shots to one charge, IF every thing went as planed, which it usually did. The airgun Lewis and Clark had was a Giradoni, unfortunately it was far from good condition, the main spring being replaced by a file, didn’t always work perfectly. As for the dynamite gun, they had compressors by then.

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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:11 pm

I would like to see some pictures of that pump set up, 20,000 strokes/pumps i guess they got one shot off every other day!

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