Potato Gun Distances and Muzzle Velocities
Spud Guns and Ball Launchers: How Far and How Fast?
It’s easy to find information on how to build, fuel, paint, and fire a spud gun. Not many people talk much about the kind of performance you can get out of one of these babies, however. They’re more powerful than you might think, and their performance, if built right, will astound you.
Potato Cannon Significant Factor#1
Barrel Length. Say it five times. One of the most significant factors affecting muzzle velocity is barrel length. The barrel must be long enough so that the combustion fully occurs inside the barrel and the spud is propelled faster as a result. With the barrel short, combustion is still occurring – but this time – outside the barrel. This usually results in a flame or whoosh, and is useless because the spud has already left the building.
Potato Cannon Significant Factor #2
Fuel. Some fuels are more combustible and powerful than others. Propane is a hotter burn than hairspray (We should hope so!), and at the end of the day, something like propane or butane will launch a spud further than a hair product.
Ball Launchers: let’s Talk Real World
Many spud gunners have taken the time to measure muzzle velocities and ranges and there is data out there. Here is a sampling of it:
#1 PVC Spud Gun, powered by Hairspray, and with Lantern Flint ignition: Up to 246 feet per second, range 150 yards.
#2 PVC Spud Gun, powered by propane, and with stun gun ignition: Up to 300 feet per second, range 250 yards.
#3 PVC Spud gun, Pneumatic (compressed air): Up to 500 feet per second, range 755 yards
As you can see from this data sampling, spud guns are extremely powerful and even the hairspray powered potato cannon is capable of being lethal. The ranges are quite impressive as well, and something to keep in mind if you are thinking of shooting ammunition that is retrievable like PVC torpedoes or balls – even with the lightest spud gun you’ll be doing lots of walking!
As a final note keep in mind safety when thinking of numbers like these. Spuds passing through ½” plywood from short ranges are a typical occurrence with high power cannons. Your skin is more easily pierced than ½” plywood, so keep that in mind.
Range wise, see how far these projectiles go? Know what’s beyond your target when you shoot and don’t shoot over hills or where you can’t see. Finally, buy our plans and ebook for a cool combination on how to get the biggest bang out of your spud gun or orange gun.
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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!