How long should the barrel be on a potato gun?

How long should the barrel be on a potato gun?


combustion chamber length: 14 inches
barrel length: 36 inches
barrel diameter: 2 inches
muzzel velocity: 80 mph (estimated)
range: 100 yards max

How far can a toy spud gun shoot?

Simply stab the barrel of the gun into a potato of choice, aim, squeeze the trigger and a blast of air propels the vegetative pellet up to 15 meters.

What is the best fuel for a potato gun?

A more powerful option is to drive the potato using the process of combustion and the rapidly expanding gases this creates. Indeed, combustion-driven potato cannons are simpler and easier to build then pneumatic ones. Perhaps the most popular fuel for such a device is hairspray, which often contains butane or propane.

Why is my potato gun not firing?

Probably using too much fuel. it takes only a quick spray and thats it. Try venting the chamber with fresh air and then do just a single, quick spray. People tend to think that by adding tons of fuel it will be more powerful.

Can potato gun kill you?

Even your standard potato cannon (usually fueled with hairspray, says MIT’s Technology Review) can be deadly. Recent research found that if you take a potato to the head you have way more than a “50% risk of skull fracture.” Even taking a body shot could do some serious damage and has a good chance of killing you.

Can you use a lighter for a potato gun?

Yes you can. They work very well. Just drill two drywall screws into the combustion chamber so they have a 1/4″ gap between them.

Can a potato be used as a gun silencer?

Yes it does work actually, when firing subsonic ammunition. It doesn’t work very well though because the gas isn’t being muffled but exits the muzzle at a marginally slower velocity reducing the decibel level some what.

Can a potato gun kill you?

Are spud guns illegal?

Spud guns fall within the description of a firearm under the Firearms Act 1973 however they can’t be licensed. While it is not illegal to construct a spud gun, possession of one is not in the public interest and the item would be confiscated by police and destroyed.

What is a propane gun?

The Zon Mark 4 Propane Cannon provides a single pressure regulated sonic blast to frighten and disorient pest birds and wildlife. Powered by economical propane, Zon guns are one of the most efficient means of bird control available. Zon cannon blasts are generated by clean-burning, readily available propane gas.

Is it illegal to own a potato gun?

A barbecue igniter is used for a trigger, and a potato, or anything that fits, goes down the barrel. It’s a $60 weapon. In the eyes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, spud guns are not illegal.

How much PSI does a potato gun have?

Pneumatic spud guns are generally more powerful than combustion spud guns. A typical combustion gun generates average chamber pressures of about 30 psi (210 kPa) with peaks of around 70–100 psi (500–700 kPa), while the average pneumatic gun can operate at pressures in the vicinity of 100 psi (700 kPa).

Can a bait cannon be used as a spud gun?

Meaning you can change the air chamber and barrel to whatever size you need. This gives you the flexibility to convert it to a spud gun, a tennis ball launcher, or even a T-Shirt gun! The biggest part of building the bait cannon was getting all of the parts together.

Which is the optimal barrel size for a combustion spud gun?

One of the most important aspects of the design of a combustion spud gun is the ratio of the size of the combustion chamber to the size of the barrel. In general, for a particular chamber volume there is an optimal barrel volume.

How much air does a spud gun hold?

Glue them together as seen in the diagram and you’re done. This piece is a little more complex than the last but still simple. Focus on good strong glue joints, This chamber will hold all of the air needed for your shot at high pressure. Generally somewhere between 100 and 110 psi.

What kind of Saddle do you need for a spud gun?

The Oatey Saddle makes this possible. Another benefit of the Oatey Saddle is that you can move it up and down the air chamber, changing the angle of the entire cannon.Just remember NOT to glue the stand to the saddle! The last thing I did was add a brace between the barrel and the air chamber.