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kunkmiester

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Belt fed potato cannon
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:56:54 pm »
We close on our house next week, very exciting for us.  It's going to be especially nice for me since I can get a shop put together, including machine tools.

I've been pondering if it's possible to monetize a few of the projects I've been interested in making, including the titular air cannon.  I'd be working up to such a complicated beast though, and some of those projects could be of interest to people as well, things like a field gun modeled after WWII anti tank guns, and some vehicle mounted stuff. 

Would there be interest in stuff like big guns you don't need a tax stamp for?  I do think I could market a breech block that would allow say, a tank gun to be used as a pneumatic system, shooting cheaper chalk or sawdust rounds, but I dont know ifbitbcould support a business.
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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 10:07:17 pm »
    Well, it sounds like a niche market type of thing at best.  A few folks are making launchers for golf balls, tennis balls, soda cans and even things the size of bowling balls.  Propulsion depends on blank cartridge adapters for the smaller stuff and black powder and other low grade explosive compounds for the larger stuff.  I've heard of some exotic compressed gas launchers but outside of the "Punkin' Chunkin'" competitors I've not seen any working models.  These folks carry some of the stuff mentioned:  http://unammo.com/

    I guess if it were me I'd try to find a bread and butter product or two that has broader appeal and hang my hat on that until I got an actual workable business model for investors or a crowd funding appeal.  Assuming you want to work that hard and not just putter around building fun stuff.   :hmm
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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #2 on: August 08, 2019, 09:59:09 am »
    Something interesting not exactly in the vein but somewhat close;) Look up the guy who 3d printed a revolving 12ga shotgun;) That's a project that after looking at it got me thinking "I wish I had more time":)

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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019, 04:28:23 pm »
    I was thinking about ordering one of those can launchers from X-Products, probably the .308 version.   Then the company CEO (and the crazy b____ he is married to) decided to start pushing for gun control.    It's a shame too, it really seems like a fun novelty product.
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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 06:53:14 pm »
    I was thinking about ordering one of those can launchers from X-Products, probably the .308 version.   Then the company CEO (and the crazy b____ he is married to) decided to start pushing for gun control.    It's a shame too, it really seems like a fun novelty product.

    Shouldn't be too hard to fabricate one yourself.
    Essentially it's a modified barrel.

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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 06:57:55 pm »
    I can tell you from experience that the airsoft m203 runs on propane shells using their compressed volume to launch things. You can also use co2 and shoving other things down the barrel can be allot of fun;)

    Just a thought on guys who want to fiddle with some sort of "launcher" system. Myself I 3d print out shells that fit over the propane shells that launch a long ways for fun;)

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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #6 on: March 05, 2020, 12:50:04 pm »
    I'm not the first to have the crazy idea, though this is a bit rougher than what I was planning. (in Dutch with subs BTW)


    So does that sound fun enough to spend a pretty penny on?

    And then he up and puts it on a home made tank:
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    Re: Belt fed potato cannon
    « Reply #7 on: March 06, 2020, 12:19:01 am »
    So, I guess this is what you do when the government doesn't let you have real guns, eh?   I like the ambition and the work ethic but I'm not likely to embark on anything nearly so involved.  Thanks for sharing it with us though.   :cool
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