Tuesday, August 01, 2006

And now.....the 'Tater


Painted in my beloved Arkansas Razorback red.



Six feet of spud-'splodin splendor!

This baby was customized with several deluxe features, like a beveled barrel for coring the spuds as they are loaded; creating a much better seal between the cored potato and the gun. More bang and distance. Which, by the way was calculated over numerous shots to be approximately 1,000 to 1,300 feet.

For consistency in the firing mechanism, I used a small stun gun. I had tried a gas-grill ignition lighter but it was very inconsistent. Then--a stroke of genius--the stun gun. Fires every time. Prides itself on that fact, even. This provided the perfect ignitor.

I will be adding a new handle to compliment the position of the stun gun to create greater aiming capability. If I had only purchased one of the RIFLED PVC GUN BARRELLS I saw for sale online for a 50 % increase in accuracy and distance could be increased dramatically.

23 Comments:

Blogger Belinda said...

Unfortunately, The Wife has placed a moratorium on any further potato-cannon-related expenditures for the foreseeable future. It could be worse: At least you made this one from scratch, without ordering ridiculous potato-cannon accessories.

1:55 AM  
Blogger CeCe said...

Umm.. this is me encouraging you. Belinda told me to. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be encouraging you to make more potato guns or if I'm supposed to encourage you to write more. Regardless, I'm angry that you don't post comments on MY blog.

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Zach said...

we used to put guitar straps on them to make them easier to handle when they're fired. The one thing you need to watch out for is the firing mechanism. After numerous firings, it can start to come loose causing it to not be air-tight anymore and have inconsistencies firing. Just check the seal regularly and you should have many years of potato launching satisfaction ahead of you. I can't wait to fire it!!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Zach - Thanks for the tips. Here's to macho nonsense women will never understand. :)

3:49 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

Rock and roll, tater style! Got any video footage of this sucker in action?

7:04 PM  
Anonymous aalexmiller said...

FOOTAGE WILL FOLLOW SOON!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Zach said...

have you tried firing it at something that would make an obnoxiously loud noise yet? Like, say the side of a metal building?? hehehe

10:06 PM  
Blogger Mocha said...

*waiting with bated breath

7:05 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

OHHH, I am jealous. That is a cool tater canon. What fun we could have had with one of those:o)

9:29 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

zach--he did hit the side of our shop with it (wooden siding), and is just VERRRY lucky that he didn't put a spud through a window.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Zach said...

hehehe i knew it was only a matter of time!

8:43 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

The rule is, you may ONLY use the tater gun if you cook the potatos and then serve them as a delish side dish with dinner you've cooked, Alex.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Lol, THIS woman understands spud guns just fine... they are great fun and cause all kinds of comments from neighbors that believe the Canadians are firing on them. Should try magnesium and water in those big metal barrels.... :)

Jill

6:13 AM  
Blogger Queen of Spain said...

So THAT is what one of those things are. Ok. I get it now.

Feel better Alex. You are strong. Belinda is strong.

Hang in there.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Queen - You know....if you were ever down Arkansas way.....I just might let you fire my 6 foot red gun. Hee.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Mocha said...

Hey, Alex! I'm glad to have heard from you today. Y'all must be bored to tears if y'all are thinkin' of me.

Also? I'd like to point out that after I wrote a post WITH YOUR NAME on it that your comments are seriously increasing. Yep. I'm takin' credit.

Right after Belinda who urged for the help in that paint job. Which, by the way, is doing how...?

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