The VERY real dangers of potato guns.

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  1. Sep 2, 2007 #1
    gsh341

    gsh341 XDTalk 5K Member

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    Apparently, this guy's fun wasn't so fun after all.:cry:

    http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,60522

    I didn't know the guy, but it makes me think about all the potato guns out there and how poorly designed they are. I also wonder how many uses that PVC pipe can take before it gets weakened enough to be dangerous.
     
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    I had one years ago and built it out of the thickest PVC I could find. Im sure some folks dont look at the pipe rating before putting one together.
     
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    They are dangerous. I had built one when I was in college. I gave it to my handicap cousin (he has spina bifada-has trouble walking, etc but gets around better than the dr.'s thought he would) who was 5 years younger than me when he came to my wedding with his parents permission. About a year after he had it, he was using it and it would launch a potato. Due to his handicap, he can't do a lot of things like you and I and one of those is bend over. So, instead of bending over to lay the potato gun on the ground, he grabbed the end of the barrel and swapped ends to lay it down. When he did this, the barrel was pointed right at his face and when the end hit the ground, it went off. It was probably a delayed burn. It hit him in the right eye, knocked out his eye and broke his right eye socket. They had to air lift him from western Kansas where they live to Wichita. He lost his eye. He has recovered and has a coral eye but I felt aweful and still do about it. Potato guns are dangerous and people should be very careful if they are going to mess around with them.
     
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    LUVMYSIGP225

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    It wouldn't be fun if it wasn't dangerous.
     
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    Mephis

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    Well mine was launching potatoes well over 300 yards.

    It has had a TON of potatoes through it with no signs of wear.
     
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    I was a safe and responsible teenager who never built a potato gun. I did launch model rockets loaded with black powder or M80s though. Hmmm. Maybe I wasn't all that responsible after all...
     
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    beardman2

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    Sucks for him but if you are going to build something like this it seems logical to do the research and stay within safe limits. Then again that is coming from a firearms enthusiest.

    The compressed air/rifled versions always intrigued me. But then again you can carefully watch pressures and be fairly sure you are not exceeding the limits.
     
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    darkvibe

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    The article lacks details. What type of PVC did he use? What propellant?
     
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    gsh341

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    How in the world should I know? :rolleyes:
     
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