I built a Cellular Core ABS cannon, will I die?

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Postby aturner » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:35 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by benstern
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Ben, that is good advice. You could and should have stopped right there.
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Experienced spudders: we should not let people use potentially unsafe building materials. Just because we don't know of anyone seriously hurt as a result of using cellular core in combustions, we should not take the chance or wait for it. Once it happens spudguns could be banned.
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As freefall mentioned, ABS cellcore is much more flexible than PVC cellcore. In the UNLIKELY event of a problem, cellcore ABS will is much less likely to shatter or fragment.

But the primary thing to consider here is that a well built cellcore ABS conmbustion launcher is very unlikely to have a structural failure in the first place. It will not explode and will not harm anyone.

If you read the de$cription provided by elstevedore, he seems to have taken some care in the constuction of his launcher. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered to offer him a meaningful response. Plus, he also seems to have searched the forum and has already read prior discussions on cellcore ABS versus PVC. Now Ben, how about you do the same?

As for preventing bans on spudguns, the main thing we need to convey is to treat them like a real firearm, and 99% of that simply involves not pointing a loaded spudgun at a person (or oneself).
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