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Unread postAuthor: spudbud101 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:48 am

This isn't a potato cannon accident, but really funny...

A few years back at field day with my school, me and my friends had made massive plans to bring fireworks, matches, lighters, and of course gasoline. :D My friend also had sunscreen, the kind in a can that is continuous spray...

At lunch break we are all sitting there, lighting things on fire with magnifying lenses and such when I decide to pull out a box of matches. They were my friends I had borrowed earlier. So everyone is watching me. I am trying to light a paper bag soaked in gas. I strike the match and stop. The match head and about a half inch of the wooden stick has cracked off and is nowhere to be seen. MY friend then yells, "DUDE! YOUR HAIR IS SMOKING!" The match had flown inconveniently into my hair (which is quite long) and had lit. My hair caught fire so I jumped up and started to yell, "OH crap! freakin HELP ME!" I took off running for the near-by water fountain, hair on fire.

Quite funny talking about it now, but I lost a huge circle on the top of my head of hair.
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Unread postAuthor: Pilgrimman » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:57 am

I was pumping my pneumatic to about 80 psi, and at the time, it used an unmodified sprinkler valve. The saftey cover I made for the momentary switch came off for some reason, and when I removed the pump, the switch got depressed. I looked down, to see a hole clean through a 1" thick piece of deck railing! (The projectile was a small rock)
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Unread postAuthor: e1337 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:04 pm

Mine happened yesterday... I filled my sprinkler valve cannon (2in cap coupler/ coupler) , filled the 2" 4ft barrel with water, and shot it, the recoil hit my leg and left a black/blue bruise the size of a hockey puck!
Then like an idiot i did the same thing but this time the sharder hit the concrete and went into it!!! I had to replace it. Im fine now but i got my friend to do it to. HAHAHAHA.

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Unread postAuthor: paintballuh » Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:30 pm

hehe, i had the barrel crack on my first combustion, i didn't see the crack and loaded in a tight fitting battery. boom, the barrel shot away! i don't know if that classifies as an accident, but for unrelated reasons, i stopped spudding for about a year and a half.

when i started back up about 2 months ago, i built a simple coke bottle combustion, my design had the top half of another bottle for fuel loading, of course it was only held on with duct tape so after the 4th shot, i had up against my shoulder and the back half burst off leaving a welt, very painful, but the spud went pretty far.

my dad built a full size combustion golf ball cannon about 5 or 6 years ago, we brought it up to the lake and my cousin took the whaler out to about 150 yards from our dock, my dad shot a spud to see if my cousin could catch it in a large hat, instead it hit him in the face, and yes, i think they were buzzed a little.

today i had made steel darts for my pneumatic and i shot one at a tree, of course the dart spun in mid flight and hit the tree on the back end sending it richocheting into space for all i know, about 5 seconds later, it landed in the dirt, nose in ground about 3 yards behind me.

about 3 weeks ago, me and my friend were shooting batteries at stuff, he decided it would be cool to shoot one straight up...it landed somewhere else on the block, with a loud thud. i wonder what we hit...
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Unread postAuthor: 666lucky693 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:35 pm

forgot to glue the end cap on my first pnuematic and held it while i was pumping it up it got to 50 psi and the cap flew off and hit me in the nuts
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Unread postAuthor: Modderxtrordanare » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:30 pm

paintballuh wrote:my dad built a full size combustion golf ball cannon about 5 or 6 years ago, we brought it up to the lake and my cousin took the whaler out to about 150 yards from our dock, my dad shot a spud to see if my cousin could catch it in a large hat, instead it hit him in the face, and yes, i think they were buzzed a little.


You're telling us that you had a combustion cannon that was accurate to two feet at max at 150 yards? :roll:

666lucky693 wrote:forgot to glue the end cap on my first pnuematic and held it while i was pumping it up it got to 50 psi and the cap flew off and hit me in the nuts


You should get an honorable mention, since I don't think you can have kids anymore.
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Unread postAuthor: paintballuh » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:35 pm

You're telling us that you had a combustion cannon that was accurate to two feet at max at 150 yards? Rolling Eyes


i dont know, it wasnt mine, i was about 9 at the time, all i remeber is cousin joe gettin hit in the face

and they were trying to get in the way of the spud too, so that increases the chances
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Unread postAuthor: rednecktatertosser » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:54 pm

Modderxtrordanare[quote="666lucky693 wrote:forgot to glue the end cap on my first pnuematic and held it while i was pumping it up it got to 50 psi and the cap flew off and hit me in the nuts


You should get an honorable mention, since I don't think you can have kids anymore.[/quote]

If you loose the ability to reproduce you get the award, if you do something incredibly stupid, resulting in injury, but you can still have kids, you get an honorable mention.
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Unread postAuthor: Modderxtrordanare » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:00 pm

rednecktatertosser wrote:If you loose the ability to reproduce you get the award, if you do something incredibly stupid, resulting in injury, but you can still have kids, you get an honorable mention.


I'm not sure if he can have kids. He might be able to still. Either way he could be eligable for an honorable mention, but only if he lost his ability to have kids would he get a Darwin Award. I figured I'd go for the one with the broader chance (100%) of being right.

I should be up for an honorable mention, I was going down a bigass hill on a wagon face first into a cement drop off earlier today.
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Unread postAuthor: 666lucky693 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:06 pm

i didnt lose my ability to have kids it just hurt
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Unread postAuthor: joannaardway » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:30 am

Modderxtrordanare wrote:You're telling us that you had a combustion cannon that was accurate to two feet at max at 150 yards?

It could be sheer luck. Even with the worst accuracy cannon, it will on occasion hit the target area.
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Unread postAuthor: bob-a-lu » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:00 am

this didny happen to me but my friend made his first spud gun yesterday out of a 2' long 2" in diameter (inside) segment of pvc and a gatorade powder canister and he shoots mini tennis balls wrapped in duck tape. well he was shooting it in my front yard right next to me whiles i was working on mine. i heard a huge BOOM, louder than my spudgun i look up and his end cap thing blew off it went like twenty feet or so and the tennis ball went like fifty feet or so.
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Unread postAuthor: kostaki sk8a » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:11 am

i've had one accident with my first gun i sprayed some carborator stuff in it and i had it lying on the ground with the end cap off but i thouht i flooded it so i was clicking my ignition untill the stuff lit and my whole cannon went up in flames and pretty mutch melted.one other time when i repiared the cannon i went to fire it and the end cap flew off and almost hit someone in the head.
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Unread postAuthor: pat123 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:22 am

this was about 3 years ago. me and a friend were going to make our first cannon. my dad didn't like the idea of a combustion but he said ok to using dry ice. we made it in the shape of a basic combustion we didn't know anything so we made it out of cellular core. we wedged a potato in the barrel then unscrewed the end cap and stuck in a bottle with dry ice and water. after about 10 min there was a huge boom and the chamber exploded. part of it hit my leg and i bled for about an hour another part flew about 30 ft to the back of my garage and now there is a 2 inch deep hole in the wall. my dad doesn't know about the wall yet. he said that i could never build a cannon again but i slowly talked him into letting me make more.
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Unread postAuthor: spanerman » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:26 am

about 18months ago when i was testing my simple high pressure BV cannon, there was 190psi in the chamber and a bolt in the barrel, i think the bolt jamed in the barrel and the barrel shot out the compresion fitting and slaming my wall and breaking a breeze block:D
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