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Ok everyone- up until yesterday I had no idea what a "spud gun" was- My husband was outside with my 4 year old and a piece of "something" came out from no where- then more pieces came- one hit my 4 year old and the other hit my husband in the head- (sorry it was funny). It would definately not be funny if one of my family members got hurt seriously - but this was funny. As my husband is ranting and raving with potatoe spewed all over his head-he decides to call our local police department- and I left to take my 4 year old to a party-On the way- I went through the neighborhood where I thought it came from and sure enough- I found the house and saw the "spud gun" the guy had no idea the spud would have flown that far- we are talking like 2 miles+ !!! He was very apologetic and told my 4 year old how sorry he was-I gotta tell ya- I couldn't stop laughing-but I just wanted to let you all know that the police officer did tell this guy that it was illegal and then laughed too.
sooo.... you going to build one
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What did this spudgun look like?
even the biggest spudgun can't shoot that far that I know of.
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The spudgun that could send something of as poor a ballistic shape as a potato that far would be as big as a house... Besides, how could you tell from which direction the said starch projectiles originated?
The SWAT gun probably could, providing it had a 1" barrel and an aerodynamic dart, in which case her husband would be dead.
I bet it could with a 50' marble barrel...
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Okay, I admit it, it was me...
I live in Holland by the way...
the chance of two shots from something as inacurate as a homemade patatogun landing in your garden from 2 miles away is about...well...there is NO chance really.It could not even happen if the device was clamped down.
a skilled hunter would probably not be able to do that with a top of the line hunting rifle.
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Oh my friggin god stop being so awesome, that thing is pure kick ass. Most innovative and creative pneumatic that the files have ever come by!
Can't ask for a better compliment!!
Not only that, if the spud was fired at an angle designed to get maximum distance, (it varies with drag, but with a spud I'd guess somewhere between 33 and 40 degrees), it wouldn't even go 2 <I>kilometers</I>, (2,200 yards, less than two miles), let alone two miles.
Are you sure that his house was two miles away as the crow flies, not in street distance? You could check with Google Earth to measure the distance between his house and yours, in a straight line.
I could see it happening with some sort of more aerodynamic projectile... in hurricane force winds. Or maybe the spud went so high it got caught in the jet stream, but not on a normal day with a normal potato cannon, firing potatoes.
thanks for the mention!
the farthest I have put a spud is about a mile, mind you, with a 25 foot long barrel, and 90 psi.
2 miles would be ridiculous.
salty, I really do need to get a 50 foot marble barrel, I think a dart or marble could go that far.
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The sky is falling!!! And it's the consistency of a potato! That is ridiculously bad luck, lol. Yea, you might want to check that distance, because two miles is terribly unlikely, though I do like the jet stream idea...
So you are going to start building them right?
EDIT: Oh, and as for illegal, state an local ordinances may vary, but the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms decided that spud guns aren't classified as firearms, therefore laws specific to firearms will not apply to them, unless they are used in a reckless manor. However state and local ordinances may have provisions for them, such as my city. The city worded the law carefully so pretty much anything that expells a projectile through the means of combustion or compressed air can't be fired within city limits. Note that it doesn't say anything about building them, just firing them.
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you do reaklize she will probably never go on the forums she just felt like seeing what the heck a spud gun was all about and the 2 miles was probly just an eAGERATION she probly had no idea how far it was and will probly never see a spud gun again i could be wrong however.
Some of the longest ranging guns ever have been able to fire their projectiles beyond the earth's atmosphere where resistance is negligble, which increases performance considerably. An early example of this was the german "paris gun" of WWI
The Germans actually went one better by applying the discarding sabot principle:
Still amazes me how on earth they managed to lose the war.
Ah yes, they were ruled by a madman
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