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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:11 AM


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I forgot to mention a feature of the original that I made. I had beveled the muzzle so that it would cut the potato to the perfect shape as it was being muzzle loaded. I usually wore gloves to keep my hand from taking on the appearance of a donut hole. It worked very well.


The link to the potato spiral cutter makes me wonder about rifling the tube.

So you wore gloves to prevent cuts? Or DNA evicence?
Perect shape for sealing.
Somewhere pork chops come inot play.
Maybe as barrel lube.

Nah, no pork chops in a potato gun; I see pork chops as being fired half a dozen (or maybe a few more) at a time from an unrifled 9 inch muzzle loading shotgun using a hollowed out half water melon as a discarding cup sabot, with muzzle loaded bagged black powder as propellant and of course appropriate use of damp sponges to avoid the thing firing when you poke the next bag in. I think you can easily get 7 pork chops into half a water melon - if not, either use larger water melons or smaller chops of reduce the numer of rounds per shot.
I'm sure Jeff has some better mechanism than I have been able to think of, but short of using a metal sabot in a linear accelerator to fire single chops I'm not sure where to go with chop gun design, and firing single chops is futile at any but extremely short ranges because their aerodynamic properties are such that the accuracy is unlikely to be what is desirable.


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No need for a potato gun, lathe, or automation.

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If you want to hit something with a flying potato, throw it.







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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:01 AM
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L' Eomot Inversé (9/25/2013)
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I forgot to mention a feature of the original that I made. I had beveled the muzzle so that it would cut the potato to the perfect shape as it was being muzzle loaded. I usually wore gloves to keep my hand from taking on the appearance of a donut hole. It worked very well.


The link to the potato spiral cutter makes me wonder about rifling the tube.

So you wore gloves to prevent cuts? Or DNA evicence?
Perect shape for sealing.
Somewhere pork chops come inot play.
Maybe as barrel lube.

Nah, no pork chops in a potato gun; I see pork chops as being fired half a dozen (or maybe a few more) at a time from an unrifled 9 inch muzzle loading shotgun using a hollowed out half water melon as a discarding cup sabot, with muzzle loaded bagged black powder as propellant and of course appropriate use of damp sponges to avoid the thing firing when you poke the next bag in. I think you can easily get 7 pork chops into half a water melon - if not, either use larger water melons or smaller chops of reduce the numer of rounds per shot.
I'm sure Jeff has some better mechanism than I have been able to think of, but short of using a metal sabot in a linear accelerator to fire single chops I'm not sure where to go with chop gun design, and firing single chops is futile at any but extremely short ranges because their aerodynamic properties are such that the accuracy is unlikely to be what is desirable.


I always figured they were fired by a disc-gun-like device or a catapult-like device.


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No need for a potato gun, lathe, or automation.

If you need it peeled, find someone that deserves a little punishment. Kids are good for this, but the rogue developer who's introduced too many bugs works just as well. Deploy paring knife and well wishes.

If you want to hit something with a flying potato, throw it.


Where's the fun in that? Plus, I highly doubt that I can throw a 153-mph fast-potato.


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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:01 PM
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No need for a potato gun, lathe, or automation.

If you need it peeled, find someone that deserves a little punishment. Kids are good for this, but the rogue developer who's introduced too many bugs works just as well. Deploy paring knife and well wishes.

If you want to hit something with a flying potato, throw it.


Where's the fun in that? Plus, I highly doubt that I can throw a 153-mph fast-potato.


Maybe if you stand atop a sufficiently tall structure? What's the terminal velocity of a potato?
Oh! Change your frame of reference! Then to others it'll be 153 MPH.


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Stefan Krzywicki (9/25/2013)
I always figured they were fired by a disc-gun-like device or a catapult-like device.


You mean a SpinFusor?
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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:10 PM


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No need for a potato gun, lathe, or automation.

If you need it peeled, find someone that deserves a little punishment. Kids are good for this, but the rogue developer who's introduced too many bugs works just as well. Deploy paring knife and well wishes.

If you want to hit something with a flying potato, throw it.


Where's the fun in that? Plus, I highly doubt that I can throw a 153-mph fast-potato.


Maybe if you stand atop a sufficiently tall structure? What's the terminal velocity of a potato?
Oh! Change your frame of reference! Then to others it'll be 153 MPH.


Well, what I'm after is 153 mph muzzle velocity, so I'd rather not wait on the acceleration of gravity.

I suppose if I stood in the bed of a truck traveling 100 mph, I could manage to add enough acceleration to get the potato up to 153 mph, but I really don't want to stand in the bed of a truck traveling 100 mph!


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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:13 PM
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No need for a potato gun, lathe, or automation.

If you need it peeled, find someone that deserves a little punishment. Kids are good for this, but the rogue developer who's introduced too many bugs works just as well. Deploy paring knife and well wishes.

If you want to hit something with a flying potato, throw it.


Where's the fun in that? Plus, I highly doubt that I can throw a 153-mph fast-potato.


Maybe if you stand atop a sufficiently tall structure? What's the terminal velocity of a potato?
Oh! Change your frame of reference! Then to others it'll be 153 MPH.


Well, what I'm after is 153 mph muzzle velocity, so I'd rather not wait on the acceleration of gravity.

I suppose if I stood in the bed of a truck traveling 100 mph, I could manage to add enough acceleration to get the potato up to 153 mph, but I really don't want to stand in the bed of a truck traveling 100 mph!


On top of a train at 160 MPH would be better. Then you could gently toss it backwards


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wolfkillj (9/25/2013)
but I really don't want to stand in the bed of a truck traveling 100 mph!


Why not? There are those of who did that all the time as a kid and many of us turned out fine...the ones who didn't fall out of the truck or turn out to be sql nerds.


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What's the terminal velocity of a potato?


European or African?

Unladen or laden with butter, sour cream, bacon bits, etc.?


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