Potato Gun Competitions
Gentlemen, Start your Spud Gun
There are lots of formal and informal spud gun and ball launching competitions. Most are clearly of the informal variety – the first spud gun or ball launcher competition probably started when the second spud gun was built. Spud gun competitions will typically revolve around the same variables – in fact, for most competitions, there are really only three events:
Spud Gun Accuracy
Ever since the first PVC spud gun emerged from the plumbing section of the local hardware store, spud gunners have increased the distance between them and their targets to see if they could walk further and further back and still hit whatever they were shooting at.
Spud competitions like the Doug Keib Spud gun competition, an annual event, have an accuracy portion of their competition. Rules are simple – the closest shot to the target wins the competition. In the case of the Doug Keib event, we’re talking about a 3’ x 3’ square target – place 50 yards away. This is no short distance, and while most spud guns can easily shoot that far, not many can do so accurately.
Spud Gun Hang Time
Another classic event is Hang Time, in which the spud gun is stood upright, or almost upright, like a mortar. The object here is to fire the cannon into the air, and time how long it takes the projectile to hit the earth. Again, this isn’t as easy as it sounds, since lots of thrust is required to get the spud airborne for any significant amount of time. In the case of the Doug Keib event, the cannon is set up at an 85 degree angle. To give you an idea of the competition – the winner of last years event had a pretty impressive 8.5 second hang time….meaning the spud was airborne for 8.5 seconds. Not too bad!
Spud Gun Distances
The Classic competition. Mine shoots further than yours. Most every spud gunnery competition has this event. Some competitions will make people shoot from horizontal, others will let them angle the gun to get the longest throw.
Other Events and Variations
While some events will let you “run what you brung” they will usually regulate some aspect of the competition either by barrel length or type of fuel used. Some competitions are hairspray only, which keeps anyone from getting too crazy with something really explosive. Some competitions, like the one at Vanderbilt University, only allow spud guns built to their plans, and they supply the spuds and hairspray so no one has an advantage. These events are similar to “formula” race car events where all cars must be fundamentally the same, showing off the skill of the driver. Vanderbilt’s competition is strictly an accuracy event.
Spud gunning is really huge in some areas. Each Canada Day (July 1st) there’s a massive competition in British Columbia on the Georgia strait, on brickyard beach, specifically, that draws hundreds of spectators and tens of guns. Contests like this have quietly been going on for years, but are getting bigger and better organized, mainly due to the proliferation of data and technology on how to build guns. Heck, you could buy our plan and manuals and place in most of those potato gun competitions, because we’ve taken the guesswork out of spud gunning for you!
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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!