Igniter in endcap

Safety aspects of spud cannons.

Postby clide » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:44 pm

Just another reminder of why you shouldn't put the ignitor in the endcap
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/st ... 02,00.html

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Woman hurt in spud-gun blast
June 27, 2006
A PERTH woman has been shot in the face by a spud gun as she peered down the barrel of the homemade weapon.

The 24-year-old received serious facial injuries when hit in the face with a solid paper ball after the gun accidentally fired.

Police said she had found her boyfriend's gun, designed to fire potatoes and other projectiles at high speed, in a shipping container in their backyard.

She picked it up and looked down the barrel as she placed it on the ground.

"But the spud-gun ignition switch fired and a solid paper ball hit her in the face," a police spokesman said.

Officers are yet to interview the woman, who is being treated in Royal Perth Hospital.

Her boyfriend has been summonsed to appear in court at a later date on a charge of possessing a controlled weapon.
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Postby SMOMW » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:38 pm

wtf possesing a controlled weopon? oh wait... it's in austrailia. I wonder how often he shot it? Must not been alot if she had never seen it... and he was storing it in a box. I wonder what fuel he was useing and why it was left fueled....

actually there are several lessons here.

NEVER mount an ignition switch where the gun being set on end or rolling over may engage it.

NEVER leave a gun/cannon/etc loaded in storage

edit: OH, and never look down the barrel of anything. And treat any weopon/cannon/gun like the real thing and as if it were loaded...

And ALWAYS vent your chambers and store them with the endcaps removed so that any fumes can escape and not build up....

DUH...
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Postby Navigator7 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:59 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by clide
from a newsclip....
Her boyfriend has been summonsed to appear in court at a later date on a charge of possessing a controlled weapon.
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Nonsense....If the weapon was "controlled" the accident would never had occurred.
How could it be in the boyfriend's possession if the girl had it?
Next to spudguns, SUV's are the number one killer. Never mind the "driver" of the SUV.
SUV's are rising up above their masters killing off citizens more successfully than the terrorist bombers.

There should be a law.... Doing stupid stuff causing death, maiming and severe injury is legal if self inflicted.

Does anybody really think she was totally clueless?

What female would even think of looking down a PVC pipe?
They are genetically incapable of that behavior unless trained.
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Postby aturner » Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:09 pm

With all of the insanely strict gun controls in Australia, it seems clear that many of their citizens are not exposed to firearms. I bet this ultimately means many Aussies don't have a good sense for what gun safety is all about.
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Postby flyingspuds2007 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:21 pm

what i fail to understand, is how the hell did it stay loaded that long during storage??
the fuel in most launchers would have evaporated and dispersed by that time!
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Postby aturner » Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:17 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by flyingspuds2007
[br]what i fail to understand, is how the hell did it stay loaded that long during storage??
the fuel in most launchers would have evaporated and dispersed by that time!
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Why is this surprising?

Have you ever owned an aerosol based combustion? If so, do you recall the buildup of the aerosol as it condenses on the sides of the chamber? Ever let an aerosol based launcher sit around for a while with the endcap in place, and then later opened the chamber and smelled residual fuel?

Where this Aussie went wrong was in storing the cannon with something wadded up in the barrel.
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Postby TurboSuper » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:14 pm

Most spudguns don't look like guns at all. The basic combustion looks like a leftover piece of pipe which fit into some god-only-knows pipe system.

This is why people who own spudguns should make anyone within reach of them aware of what they are and their power.
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Postby benstern » Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:07 pm

lesson... don't be a retard and look down the barrel! use a [intercourse]ing mirror!!!
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Postby aetherguy881 » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:54 pm

That was a poorly written article, and someone please put that woman in a NRA class or any kind of class that will teach gun saftey.
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Postby acanz » Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:55 am

The whole point of what turbosuper said is that it doesnt look like a gun... lets think... if you didnt think it was a gun, why would have a reason to not look down it?
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