Party Poppers

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Postby timchilders » Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:45 pm

everybody has seen those little "champagne bottle poppers where you pull the string and they shoot out all those streamers and crap, but the other day i saw these big spring powered versions at ACE, 3 for a buck, so i bought em.
You do not want to actually have one of these things go off in your house, they shoot confetti and crap all over, as i found out.
but if you take the junk out, these little beauties make pretty fun little launchers, I have been shooting this little toy all over the house for my dog, and found i could get a rock 30 feet or so. so they are cool for that stuff. also, i was thinking about someone rigging one of these to shoot out of a barrel and then shoot out the confetti and stuff in mid-air

edit=> sorry i have no pictures, i can use our camera later tonight
they dont quite fit in a 1.5 inch barrel, or i would have done it already
oh yeah, to shoot them, there is a knob on the bottom that turns, not sure how you could turn it in mid air.
any ideas?
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Postby SMOMW » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:11 pm

i've had one of these too. they are very dificult to reload because of the spring in em...

moved to ammo forum
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Postby davidbowie » Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:05 am

Could you combine it with the "Roto-Shot" idea to shoot them off?

I saw one of those poppers in walgreens yesterday, but didn't have the wisdom to buy it. Some nerfers actually have experimented with using them as mini spring-guns, with decent results (I think).
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Postby orangekid13 » Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:53 pm

take it apart and find out what makes them fire when the knob is turned and see if you can do that any other way
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Postby chimera » Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:22 pm

Could you attach some kind of fins to the knob so it would turn in mid air... assuming the knob turns with out a great deal of force.
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Postby Greatkyle » Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:29 pm

thats what i was thinking attach fins to the base of the cone so it turns one direction and fins to the knob so it turns the other, or u could use a spring with a string
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Postby fullmetaljacket » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:44 am

Without wishing to be pedantic, doesn't this count as an 'explosive projectile'?
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Postby Mr.Plow » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:56 am

FMJ- unless I'm grossly misunderstanding how these party poppers work (mechanical, using a spring, not by igniting a propellant), I wouldn't call this an explosive projectile.

Any other mods who disagree, feel free to correct me.
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Postby fullmetaljacket » Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:03 am

If the poppers being referred to are similar to <a href="http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/Full/43991i0.jpg">these</a>, then they function as follows: pulling the string causes friction that ignites a tiny amount of propellant generating enough pressure to blow the confetti out of the popper's mouth.

<img src="http://www.ghostofashark.co.uk/adamish/images/weird/party_popper1.jpg" alt="">

The three units on the right have been removed from the poppers and contain the explosive. Then again, this topic seems to refer to the spring powered type so I must be completely out of line :x

I think if you want to launch confetti you're better off loading it into the barrel of a conventional pneumatic launcher.
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Postby orangekid13 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:11 am

anyone know what's in the center of the "firecracker" things without talking about using them as propellant or anything else that would break the rules?
I think it might be ammonium tri-iodide... amonia poured through iodine crystals, touch sets it off explosively. If anyone knows for sure, post briefly, i know how to google
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