Common Spud Cannon Mistakes
Lots of spud gunnery builds go off wrong because people have a tendency to start building first and worry about the details later. Half the battle building a spud gun is simply getting a good set of proven, tested, and reliable plans, like the ones we offer, that take the guess work out of your build. Feel confident in knowing that you can go from the build stage to the shooting stage without reinventing the wheel simply by following our plans. Having said that though, here is a list of problems frequently seen in potato gun builds, in no particular order:
Potato Cannon Barrel Too Short
Most people are unaware that barrel length is directly proportional to muzzle velocity. Within reason, the longer the barrel, the higher the muzzle velocity, and therefore the longer the range and the greater the accuracy. It’s that simple. Make your barrel long enough to sufficiently expel the cartridge and obtain the fastest velocity you can get. If transporting the gun is a problem, make the barrel removable per our plans.
Potato Cannon Barrel Too Long
Overcompensating with a ten foot long barrel isn’t the way to go either. Barrel length has diminishing returns, and is only so good as the size of the combustion chamber and the amount of propellant within. Too long a barrel coupled with too small a combustion chamber equals a super weak launch.
Failure To Calculate
At times it might seem like you need a degree to build a potato gun, especially if you don’t buy a set of quality plans like ours. There are calculations involved, and we do them for you if you buy our plans, but if you don’t…cough cough….you’ll have to accurately calculate the size of the chamber so that you get the proper fuel air mixture. Gone are the days of simply gluing pipe together, lighting it off, and hoping for the best. If you want the best performance for your potato gun, you’ll have to calculate many parameters. Ignore this and you get stuck with sucky performance, unreliability, and no fun.
Cheap Spark System
Splurge. If you go big on something, go big on your spark system so that your spud gun will go boom every time you pull the trigger or press the button. Sure, you can make it work with a cheap barbecue igniter, but really invest in a multiple spark system for maximum performance, all of which are described in our manual.
Cheap Fuel System
Go ahead, unscrew that back plate and squirt some hairspray in. It will work. But not as well as a quality propane system will. Our manual includes plans for a kick ass mondo propane injection system, that when coupled with a multiple spark system, will ignite like the space shuttle.
In other words, put some thought into your builds. Look at the details, plan it out, take your time and make a quality build and you’ll be rewarded with years of trouble free enjoyment. All of this work and more has been done for you in our spud gun ebook and plans – buy them and build the best ball launcher or spud cannon the first time!
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The Eradicator Potato Cannon Plan
If you want to be the King of the Potato Field you Need the Eradicator Potato Cannon. It is impossible to carry this Spud Gun and not have the locals give you a double take! The Eradicator Spud Gun has a self contained fuel injection system and fuel circulation system, with a pulsating ignition and a barrel over the combustion chamber, this Spud Gun truly is Stacked! Be a Pro and go with The Eradicator Potato Cannon!
007 Spud Cannon Gun Plan
Here is your Hand Held Potato Gun. If Bond was to use a Potato gun, this would be the choice! This sleek sexy Spud Gun fits in one hand and will shoot your smaller spuds with great accuracy. Holster the 007 Tator Gun easily in a pocket until it is time to impress the Friends!!!
The Night Crawler Mini Spud Gun Plan
This is an incredibly enjoyable Spud Gun to shoot! This is a smaller gun that still Holds its own to the big boys! This is a Favourite among the Spud Cannon community, and it is easy to carry and will shoot farther then you could believe. Fun Fun Fun!
The Punisher Potato Cannon Plan
The Punisher is not only pretty to look at it is also a deadly shot in the world of potato Artillery. The Punisher is sporting a smaller diameter barrel so you are able to load your smaller spuds and still make remarkable shots! With a comfortable custom fitting grip system you will want to shoot an entire field of potatoes with The Punisher Potato Gun.
The Desert Storm Potato Gun Plan
Is this gun military issued? No it is for civilian use But if the military did shoot spuds then this is what they would be using! The Desert Storm Potato Gun is what you want to shoot if you are looking to hit the Bullseye! Equipped with a push button igniter and very relaxing grips this gun is Sure to be a Favourite! Zing!
The Underdog Spud Gun Plan
It is always remarkable when the underdog shocks you and that is Exactly what happens with this Potato Gun. The Underdog will Blow your socks off! Being extremely reliable and simple to build, this Spud Cannon will have you launching the dinner potato farther than you ever thought possible! Man Up and build this ultimate Spud Gun! Pow!
The Babysitter Spud Cannon Plan
Oh watch out! This Babysitter is Not to be messed with! The Babysitter Spud Cannon is very diverse as it is more than capable of launching a Tennis ball, or Vegetable roughly to the Moon. Using this Bad Ass Spud Gun is effortless, as you simply spray then twist a wheel and you are then launching your ammo like the Big Boys! Boom!
The Bazooka Potato Cannon Plan
This beast of a Spud Gun is the pinnacle of the Spud Gun series and a Sure Shot. The Bazooka is very diverse as it is more than capable of launching a Tennis ball into the sunset. You also have a steadfast pulsating electronic ignition system that will light your innovative Propane injection system. The Bazooka is set up to effortlessly downsize barrels for your little spuds or balls. The Bazooka is The One! Bam!