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Deluxe Potato Cannon

September 28, 2004

There are benefits to living in the backwoods of Canada, believe it or not. You can build a projectile cannon without fear of impaling innocents in an urban environment, and you’re (I assume) less likely to be considered a domestic terrorist than in the States, post 9/11. *sigh*

Matthias Wandel’s implementation of a “potato gun” is well thought out, and one of the safer versions I’ve seen- although there’s plenty of room for improvement. (I think he underestimates the damage and force of ABS shrapnel- I would have created a shroud to contain it, in case of failure).

Certainly looks to be safer than this version, but powerlabs will always have my respect for their attempts at building a railgun.

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