A potato gun, spud gun or whatever you call it is one of the useful homemade gadgets that can be used non-target and with lots of pleasure!!! Initially created for farming purposes it is nowadays a popular tool for competitions and hours upon hours of endless potato-launching fun. There are even competitions and yearly contests with participants demonstrating their homemade potato guns and throwing capabilities of the latter.
Potato gun is in fact one of the simple and cheap homemade gadgets to create. Anyone with basic understanding of how a potato gun works can create it on their own. It takes up to an hour and $30.
You’ll need some materials to make this spud rocket launcher, like PVC pipe, cleaner and pipe cement. A potato gun uses propane-based aerosol sprayed into a tube. This aerosol is then lit. The gas in the tube expands, which forces the projectiles to travel up the barrel of the potato gun and out. There are three primary parts to any potato gun. There is a barrel, a combustion chamber, and an igniter. The barrel, as well as the combustion chamber, are typically made from PVC pipe. The igniter is typically a lighter such as a barbecue lighter.
As projectiles you can use potatoes, wooden cylinders, bags of flour, eggs or rotten fruit and vegetable. Potato guns, however, belong to rather dangerous homemade gadgets. So it is highly recommended that you use relatively safe fuels, such as hair spay. And it is also highly recommended that you check up the legality of potato guns in your state before shooting or even creating it.
By the way, spud gun homemade gadgets are widely used in film and theatre productions for special effects as pyrotechnic-free method of material projection.
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