"Devas-tater": A carriage-mounted potato cannon

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Project by JJohnston posted 1370 days ago 6053 views 19 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the completion of the artwork and attachment of the armor, “Devas-tater” is finally finished. See the complete build at my blog starting here .

Here’s a video of loading and shooting. Sorry about the plumber’s butt; I do need to drop some weight. By the time this was shot, we’d fired several rounds, and I was getting pretty quick with the loading procedure. You can see me pounding the projectile onto the cutting edge of the muzzle. I say, “Stand by….fire”. It’s hard to see the trigger wire with the low resolution, but the trigger operator is off camera to the right. It’s quite a bit louder in person than on the video; loud enough that I have to cover my ear on the near side.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#1 posted 1370 days ago


-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#2 posted 1370 days ago

you are now ready to fend off the next potato famine.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#3 posted 1370 days ago

Actually, I’m going to cause it. ;)

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#4 posted 1370 days ago

Rotten potato’s, Halloween, Hmmmmmmmmm.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 1370 days ago

You kids…at heart! That’s the coolest tater canon I’ve ever seen!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 1370 days ago

Now that is what I am talking about. Were you in artillery? LOL Semper Fi

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 1370 days ago

Fire mission, Battery one round. Wow Awesome job, I was a Artillery man when i first joined the Army. We stayed out in the field 250days out of a year fireing howitzers. It was fun; However it was, cold, rainy, muddy and snowing most of the time. It was a hard job. I love your version. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 1370 days ago

Awesome! I want one! Don’t be offended if it gets “borrowed” and copied. LOL

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#9 posted 1370 days ago

Sweet :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#10 posted 1370 days ago

as I said earlyer
impressive potato – canon
and been apleassure to follow
the blog on it It

take care

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#11 posted 1370 days ago

definitely the most badass potato gun i’ve ever seen!! my dad is a plumber – so when i discovered what a potato gun was years ago, i raped and pillaged his PVC stock, and made a 6’ long one – that thing shot SO far – and of course used an old grill lighter as the igniter – I also sharpened the end of the barrel so the potato got cut on the way in, and fit it perfect. Great potato gun! haha – thanks for posting

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 1369 days ago

With the right barrel insert you could make some scattershot french fries.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 1369 days ago

that’s the best model tatergun I’ve seen…really cool. I’ve made some hand held ones 20 years ago and with the right barrel a D cell battery makes a good projectile, shoots straight and lethal at 100 yards, superballs work great in them too.

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#14 posted 1369 days ago

I was not an artillery man, but I’d own a tank if I could! Those 5 of you (so far) that have this favorited – I expect to see your version in the spring!

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#15 posted 1286 days ago

have one that looks like it came from the cilvil war time would like to make one like yous wolud you be willing to share your plans

-- bob

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