Potato Gun History
The History of the World – as it pertains to Potato Guns!
Potato guns have been around for a long, long time, in some form or another. Besides the black powder cannons on which they’re based on, potato guns have existed for at least 50+ years.
The Ball Launcher Granddaddy of them all
Information on this bad boy is sparse, but the first tube launched, combustion potato gun is reputed to be the infamous “Colorado Goose Gun”, manufactured in central California in the sixties. This dinosaur was constructed of soda cans with the ends cut off and taped together for a barrel, and ran on lighter fluid. It was a Neanderthal for sure, but it worked, and spawned a generation of much more refined spud guns. Of course, the introduction of ABS and PVC pipe brought potato gunning to the masses…
Although there’s no historical proof that he ever played with spud guns, we owe our current ease and availability of PVC materials to one man: Waldo Lonsbury Semon. Who? This is the guy who invented poly vinyl chloride in 1926 while working for BF Goodrich! Next time you fire off your spud gun, say a little thank you to ‘ol Waldo, because without him you’d still be taping soda cans together or welding spud guns out of steel pipe!
The First Time a Potato was Launched
The first time a potato was actually launched out of a spud gun is the stuff of legend, since the thing that fired the potato wasn’t actually a dedicated spud gun – it was called a Holman Projector, and it was mounted on World War II British ships. This gadget was a pneumatic cannon – ever ship had several of them – and it was intended to fire grenades at enemy ships. Well bored sailors on long crossings found it could fire all sorts of other things too – just about anything they could stuff into it – and so when two friendly ships got close enough to each other, they’d whip out their Holman Projectors – and fire all sorts of garbage at each other, including potatoes! These steam powered pneumatic cannons were loads of fun for those aboard, even though they weren’t originally designed to be. Eventually technology took over and the Holman Projectors were quietly removed from warships and relegated to the scrap heap.
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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!