deals1/4 mile potato cannon (tennis ball attachment…

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I purchased two of these in December with "guaranteed Christmas delivery." They showed up after Christmas was over and were much smaller than the photos would have you believe... One of my few disappointing "Woot" deals.

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These are about the same cost as if you were to go and buy the PVC yourself. Although based on the above comment, you can get a much bigger one. Mine at home has a click button ignition (much better than a grill lighter) and the barrel is a few feet long. Whole cannon is taller than I am, standing.

I can't imagine blueprints are TOO hard to find

PS: the one I built was powerful enough to shoot a spud well over a mile. I shot into a heavily forested area, and most I couldn't hear land. Which was awesome. Point being that for approx the same cost, if you want a cannon, you might just want to build it yourself and make a better one

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The site says:

"Legal - According to the ATF, a potato cannon is not classified as a 'firearm.'"

That first word there, "legal," is improperly applied. It's worth noting that Texas and California outright prohibit owning combustion spud guns. The site's misrepresentation of this fact can get Texans and Californians into trouble.

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@thedogma: I don't even want to enter something like that into google. I like to fly, & I definitely don't want to have to explain that to a Grand Jury someday.

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@thedogma: these are not pvc they are high pressure abs ... I ordered this back around the 1st of the year and they look nothing like the ones in the photo but they are fun

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I've been building potato guns for 20+ years and have found propane to be a great propulsion substitute. Hair spray seems to get components very sticky after a just a few uses and propane is clean. Also a water heater igniter works well for the ignition source. "Backyard Ballistics" has all the info you would ever need to build your own and now that I know it's illegal in CA I will enjoy it much more.

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How is this a deal? This is the normal price and shipping is not free.

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The one we received did not look this "nice". The tennis ball attachment we got was a short white PVC junction and a $10 upcharge. Only sticker on mine says it is a "Dangerous toy", no graphics.

@zippy the pinhead: I went to tell a friend about this device last week and was shocked it was $19.99 with $5 shipping -- You are right, this is not a deal, it is their regular price.

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These guys never give up do they?

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Why does this deal come up every week? At least put the 4footer cannon on sale :)

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Ordered one before xmas. Took 3 weeks to get it and it was not as advertiesed. JUNK! Don't Buy.

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@conhopper: i pointed that out the first time this was sold here and was downvoted into oblivion. sigh.

@thedogma: i call BS. i built one of these many moons ago and--although it'd travel pretty far--anyone who says it is capable of traveling a mile either hasn't done the actual measuring or doesn't have a true concept of distance.

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@pinchecat: I agree, a mile is a looooooong way. 1/4 mile, sure, I'll believe that.

I built one when I was a teenager, I was able to put a lead fishing cannonball weight in the barrel with a potato as a 'wad'. I fired it about 30 yards and put the cannonball through a piece of 3/4 plywood. I never did it again...it was scary...scary cool.

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I wonder why this deal keeps coming back for encores. Does the manufacturer have some really good dirt on Jumbowoot...hmmm?

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@smegman: Starting fluid (which is heptane, butane or propane) also works quite well.

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Don't order--not a reputable company. I also ordered mine 3 weeks before Christmas, and an empty package showed up the week after.

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@pinchecat: -shrug- I'll admit I never actually measured it, but it went quite far. The barrel on mine is considerably longer than this, based on the picture, so that can definitely help with respect to distance. Perhaps not a mile (though it's cool to brag about), but definitely more than a quarter mile. The whole mile thing is an estimate, I won't deny that

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doesn't go 1/4 mile for sure. if you put too much hair spray in it it doesn't even shoot 25 yards so only use a little. If you put just the right amount, it makes a decent bang and is fun to shoot in the dark.

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I bought one because why not? =)

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I prefer a compressed air version- I built one a few years ago, it has interchangable barrels to shoot tennis balls, t-shirts and a smaller one for golf balls (why yes I can drive 600+ yards) I have a compression gauge to fine tune how much air is "loaded" and an air regulator to keep it from overloaded-- it was a real big hit at football games, a little to much distance to shoot it indoors at basketball games though...

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I built one out of Schedule 80 pipe and launched black walnuts husk and all of it. 1/4 mile is stretching ti quite a bit!! 150 to 200 yards are ti.........

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@geeknik: idunno...because you can't read the comments on this and previous listings?

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This things aren't worth the money. I bought one and it was delivered before christmas but they go maybe 10 feet max... It isn't worth the money and is way smaller than the picture....

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you all DO realize that "sponsored deals" are, well, SPONSORED? You know, PAID FOR? Deal or not, money talks.