Age: 12-13 Inspiration: Making blow guns Purpose: Launching projectiles often over 100 yards Significance: They inspired creativity.
After making blow guns with my cousins, I decided to take the small Nerf shooting guns one step further and shoot potatoes instead. I began with an air powered cannon sporting a sprinkler solenoid valve and a connection for a compressor. I ended up building over 10 air cannons/spud guns with my neighbor over one summer vacation. The cannons I built ranged from the simple hair spray and ignitor type to a cannon with 3 air chambers to a handheld hand pump cannon. The cannons were a blast (pun intended) and inspired my neighbor and I to be creative in order to create wild new air cannons and spud guns. The cannons were retired after they got so good that they would shoot projectiles over 300 yards.