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Old October 18, 2002, 08:52 PM   #1
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Pumpkin Cannon (IN)

Dr. Bull, move over:

Flying pumpkins to show inventor `ain't all there'

ELLETTSVILLE (Indiana)--When Jime Bristoe told his wife he wanted to build a cannon that would shoot a pumpkin a mile, she told him he wasn't all there.
But he built one anyway with a 30-foot-long barrel. It is powered by a 700-gallon air tank and is appropriately named "Ain't All There." It looks much like a mobile anti-aircraft gun.
"You don't need to cover your ears, but you're going to know I shot it," the 42-year-old electrician said during a demonstration on Wednesday.
When Bristoe fires it, a 10 pound pumpkin is hit with 11,300 pounds of force. The pumpkin projectile leaves the muzzle at about 900 miles per hour, he said.
During the test, the cannon fired a pumpkin through a Pontiac.
Bristoe plans to take the 2-ton pumpkin cannon to the first annual Pumpkin Propulsion Contest at Verizon Wireless Music Center near Noblesville on Saturday.
The contest is sponsored by Indianapolis radio station WRZX-FM. It's the brainchild of morning show host "Gonzo Greg" and his colleagues--and they're expecting Bristoe and his cannon.
"It's more of an exhibition than a competition, and we don't know what to expect in terms of entries," said Greg, who added it sounds like Bristoe will probably win."

Flying pumpkins to show inventor ' ain't all there', Lafayette J. & Courier, October 18, 2002, § B, at B4 (a story that could only be found in a Hoosier newspaper).

The question remains: would this gun be good for bears? Maybe the builder should post a poll on the proper ammo for bears?
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Old October 18, 2002, 09:03 PM   #2
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The pumpkin projectile leaves the muzzle at about 900 miles per hour
Isn't that above the speed of sound? A trans-sonic pumpkin?

Linus would have to look real quick to see that in his pumpkin patch.

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Old October 18, 2002, 09:25 PM   #3
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900 miles per hour breaks down to 1320 FPS.

A pumpkin going very fast. Sonic boom, major splat.
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Old October 18, 2002, 09:36 PM   #4
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Is this pumpkin cannon registered? Have they taken the ballistic fingerprint of the cannon? Does Mr. Bristoe have a license for this cannon????!!!!????
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Old October 18, 2002, 10:06 PM   #5
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Maaaan...
Y'all waited for me to leave the state before bringing out all the cool stuff, didn't ya?
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Old October 18, 2002, 10:15 PM   #6
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"Through a Pontiac"!!! Hmmm, maybe an interesting addition to Knob Creek? I've been on the list for 8 years now and no luck. Maybe we can get this guy in for a Sunday slot?
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Old October 18, 2002, 10:25 PM   #7
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It's the Great Pumpkin, flying all over the world, looking for the pumpkin patch that it thinks is the most sincere.

It has to fly pretty bloody fast to do all that on Halloween.

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Old October 18, 2002, 10:34 PM   #8
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There is a major Pumpkin Shooting event in Delaware every fall. If anyone has any info on this please post a link,or provide the info,thanks.
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Old October 18, 2002, 10:44 PM   #9
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Supersonic punkins. Who would've thunk it?
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Old October 18, 2002, 11:50 PM   #10
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Does Mr. Bristoe have a license for this cannon????!!!!????
Unlike my locale, Indiana is a more gun friendly state and has probably issued a CCW permit to Mr. Bristoe. Big Vest is the answer to your next question.
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Old October 19, 2002, 12:50 AM   #11
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They've been doing it in Delaware for 16 years.

http://makeashorterlink.com/?G2AA25E22
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Old October 19, 2002, 04:23 AM   #12
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If you coated the pumpkin in vegetable oil,.... would it then be considered a cop killer pumpkin? The oil would allow it to slip between the fibers on a bullet proof vest This needs to be investigated immediately
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Old October 19, 2002, 04:39 AM   #13
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Good link to photos, CharlieD. Whew! And some of us think we have a lot invested in "toys". Small potatoes compared to some of those pumpkin launchers.
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Old October 19, 2002, 04:49 AM   #14
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Yep Greybeard, If they aim them East/West they can shoot clear across the State.
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Old October 19, 2002, 09:50 AM   #15
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Cool! A pun'kin cannon!

Are those pumpkins fired with, or without, the stems?

If you paint the pumpkin black, does it then become a Tactical Assault Pumpkin?

Dude better be careful - Dianne Feinstein is liable to propose legislation to protect us from those Deadly Evil Black Assault Pumpkins.

And Katie Couric will be apoplectic if the cannon happens to have spirals in the barrel.

If the pumpkin bursts in midair and rains pumpkin seeds down on everyone, would that construed as multiple warheads?

(Or maybe this is just a new and funky way to make filling for pumpkin pie......... )

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Old October 19, 2002, 09:59 AM   #16
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Old October 19, 2002, 11:36 AM   #17
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"Through a pontiac."

Holy over-penetration, Batman!

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