By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:42 pm Thu, Jul 30, 2009
Here's a video and how-to for making your own potato six shooter. Family fun at its finest!
The Potato Gatling Gun
When the potato revolution comes, you spud-murderers are gonna be first against the wall.
why would boing boing post these horrid machines! they are dangerous and should be banned! criminals use spud guns to commit crimes, we must pass legislation banning the use or ownership and making of these assault weapons!
As to propellants – Goo Gone Xtreme. Available at WalMarts everywhere! Excellent power, great ignition, clean burning too!
This is kind of fun, but not a Gatling gun in any meaningful sense, because each of the six barrels is loaded by hand. I vote for “six-barrel potato arquebus”.
Forget the spuds. Check out the vortex cannon.
That vortex cannon is awesome! But are mods allowed to top Mark? ;)
I’ve seen one of these and an alternate build in action. Pretty cool.
the gun is cool but the real awesome story is the family.
Not a gatling gun, but I had a friend who had built a six-barrel potato gun inspired by a sketch by Leonardo DaVinci. Left a series of dents in the parent’s garage (Dad: What the hell are you doing!), and apparently displayed in a place of pride by the Cortland NY police department after they confiscated it.
metalstorm spud gun? Computer control of spark igniters with preloaded spud cores interspersed with aerosol propellant? Multi hose filler manifold from plenum with check-valves for each barrel space?
What a waste of food. . . I suggest using rocks.
I suggest firing it through a wire grid. Collect the slivers and deep fry them!
Link to the video for those of us who don’t want to install a quicktime plugin:
Thank you. Someone’s BurningMan project is now sorted- I look forward to seeing a mobile spud gun based french fry factory on the playa!
#12, ill lich:
What a waste of food
I agree, it’s terrible using good food for a projectile. I use avocados in mine.
Your honor I present exhibit A into evidence as to why I love boingboing
This Vegetable Gun of Mass Destruction appears to be in total violation of the Idaho Accords. The fact that the Bush Administration not only allowed it’s building, but probably secretly funded it through Halliburton is not surprising for that bunch of violent cowboys. President Obama (PBUH) should immediately fly to Ireland and apologize.
Nice except for one thing. They used ABS pipe.
ABS has nowhere near the burst strength of PVC.
There’s a very good chance it could blow up in someone’s face.
Re. number 14
Those screw-in rear “cleanout” caps have a penchant for blowing out. It made me cringe to see those kids line up right behind those cannons to fire them.
On 5 April 1943, USS O’Bannon DD-450, overcame and sank a Japanese submarine using potatoes as principal armament. The crew was recognized for their gallantry, ingenuity and patronage by the potato growers of the State of Maine.
Never underestimate the power of potatoes.
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