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    My real story of plastic guns..........

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright View Post
    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.

    Bob Wright
    Yep I kept my Guardian Angle on his toes when I was a kid. I had a few of those "What were you thinking" moments too. Like the time I figured I could light a solid fuel rocket engine with a match. It was one of those kit engines you could buy to build a small rocket with. Well anyway I had to work real had at it to get it to light. I finally gotter lit though..... I won't be tryin that again!

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    Ah...the activities of youth under non-parental eyes.

    LOL!

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    I kind of fail to see how this applies to Polymer which is different than your everyday plastic on the molecular level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredd View Post
    I kind of fail to see how this applies to Polymer which is different than your everyday plastic on the molecular level.
    We're "Old Farts" and have special privileges that allow us to wonder off target.....Now put a gun in our hands and we'll clean your clock!

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    God watched over me that day,
    You ain't kidding, that could've been a real disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmaske View Post
    We're "Old Farts" and have special privileges that allow us to wonder off target...
    Yup, sometimes you just got to let the old guys spout off. Of course, if you let them go on long enough, you usually can get something out it.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Take:
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredd View Post
    I kind of fail to see how this applies to Polymer which is different than your everyday plastic on the molecular level.
    ?? Polymer frames are largely made of fiberglass-reinforced nylon. The same plastic, minus the fiberglass, that many toys including water pistols are made of. It's a composite material yes, but by no means a different molecular compound.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    Take:
    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.

    JeffWard
    or furthere form your parents. itried this as a youngun. only i used that ubiqutous propellent we all could get at a tender age, gasolind. The tennis ball can actually blew apart
    I have refined the technique into a potato canon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    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.
    So instead we now have, "What's the dumbest thing you ever did with a tennis ball?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    So instead we now have, "What's the dumbest thing you ever did with a tennis ball?"
    Touché!

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    It beat the hell outa playing with Barbie Dolls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liko81 View Post
    ?? Polymer frames are largely made of fiberglass-reinforced nylon. The same plastic, minus the fiberglass, that many toys including water pistols are made of. It's a composite material yes, but by no means a different molecular compound.
    Hah! Seems I'm not the only one to incur the admonition of Dredd.

    I'm sure the "plastic" references are not meant as a derogatory term Dredd. We understand that Glocks aren't made of bottle caps. (Although those are technically "polymers" too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    I repeat... for safety, use the whole roll...
    Ha ha ha!! Yes! Safety First when making your tin can tennis ball cannon!

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