When I was a kid, some magazine, like Popular Mechanics or something, had an article with illustrations about the workings of an Army flamethrower. So.........
Some of us kids tried to build one. I had a brand new plastic water gun, not one of those good Daisy pistols, that held enough water for fifty shots. Got the idea to tape a Zippo lighter on an extension to the muzzle, fill the thing with gasoline. Strike the Zippo and pump the trigger and Presto!-instant flame thrower.
God watched over me that day, as the gasoline fused the plastic solid before any trigger action. Kept the Zippo, threw the rest into the garbage fire that evening. That sort of produced results.
Ah...the activities of youth under non-parental eyes.
I kind of fail to see how this applies to Polymer which is different than your everyday plastic on the molecular level.
You ain't kidding, that could've been a real disaster.God watched over me that day,
Kind of reminds me of the bright idea a couple of friends and I thought up. It involved a fire, a .22 long cartridge, and a target.... Note to self, things MOVE in a fire. I was darned lucky it only grazed my finger. It bled for quite a while. I never tried that again. The homemade gunpowder in a mason jar wasn't too bright either, but the crater was impressive.
If it wasn't for the fact it would turn into a Flame-Fest, we could have a "What's the dumbest thing you ever did with a firearm" thread.
3 METAL tennis ball cans
1 whole roll of duct tape
1 big fat lantern battery
A few feet of ordinary wire
150-200 gr of "fff" black powder (I may be wrong here... been a while)
1 tennis ball, soaked in lighter fluid...
Cut the bottoms out of 2 of the tennis ball cans, and using duct tape (the whole roll), assemble into a 2.5-3ft long cannon barrel. I repeat... for safety, use the whole roll, tapering the thickness from the base, to the end of the "barrel". Insert the wire into the base of the "cannon", using a little tape to position the ends to create a perfect little blue arc when the lantern battery terminal is touched (electronic ignition). Pour the 200 gr of "fff" black powder down the barrel, and follow it up with the lighter fluid soaked tennis ball...
Point the launch tube in a safe direction, preferably with no flamable surfaces within approximately 200-250 yds... Rainy, dark nights work best.
Touch the exposed wire to the terminal of the battery...
Yes. You can lauch a standard tennis ball over 200 yards, in a gorgeous flaming streak...
Too bad they only make plastic tennis ball cans these days...
PS Due the statute of limitations in Upstate NY... 1989??? I think I'm safe in telling ths story.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!!! I'd suggest some place further from your wife.
The improved version is a length of pipe the same inside diameter as a tennis ball. A pipe cap threaded on to the end of the pipe with a threaded hole that will accept the hose from a propane cylender or acetylene tank. You need another threaded hole in the pipe for some form of ignitor. I'll let you fill in the rest. It really does work.
It beat the hell outa playing with Barbie Dolls