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August 19, 2010

Bourjaily: Playing Around the House with a Mini-Cannon

By Phil Bourjaily

I love this video, despite the dubious mini-cannon safety practices you see displayed here. The clip also reminds me that as a kid, I had a toy brass cannon that was a replica of a 15th century siege gun. It had a hole in the back for a nylon loop that connected to the spring plunger inside.  Sometime during my junior high years I cut the loop and removed the plunger. I found that a Ladyfinger firecracker slid down the barrel perfectly, and the fuse poked out the hole in the end. The bore was just over .177 diameter so I could drop a BB down the muzzle. It shot the BB hard enough to embed it in basement sheetrock at a range of 10 feet.

That one shot convinced me that it wasn’t an inside gun, unlike this guy who shoots up the basement, the computer monitor and the vodka supply. Enjoy the video, but don’t try this at home.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

COOL!

I WANT ONE!

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

That thing is awesome the sad thing is i could see myself shooting similar things with that. lol Maybe outside though...

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Some very disturbing images of alcohol abuse there.

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from yohan wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Agreed buckhunter ,.personally
more of a scotch guy ,.
occasionally some Aquavit,..or beer
but why in the "H " shoot a bottle of vodka ?

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from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Oh the humanity, please shoot no more booze its blasphemy! The cat would be much more entertaining.LOL Wonder if you could put rubber pellets in it and shoot at the kid. That would be very entertaining!LMAO

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from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I WANT ONE TOO!!

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

PB ~ Did you lose any fingers about the same time you lost your sanity? Or, is that just being a kid...

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from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Aint we all kids deep down. I love blowin sh*& up. Its a wonder I have 9 workin fingers!

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from shane wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

This person forgot the old wisdom about hunting computer monitors...use enough gun.

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from Tom-Tom wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

If you were to send one to DEP, I bet that within a day he could fabricate a special handload and have it turning in sub-MOA scores. And to think that our generation was happy with a metal coat hanger (weapon), some rubberbands(propellant, and scrap paper(ammunition).

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

The "Songs from Beuern" may have been a tad dramatic for the piece but still fun. Hope the guy has a very good vacuum! Thanks Phil, all work and no play...

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from BlackCrowes wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

This is really cool and all, but shoot a bottle of water and save the vodka!!

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from seadog wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

That looks like fun. If you get one don't carry it around in your pocked without your CC permit--it probably fits the definition of a firearm in most states. LOL

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Relax boys that was a wine cooler and I can't think of a better thing to do with one of them. No Vodka was harmed...

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from Ed J wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Bee we call them whine coolers....

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from RJ Arena wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

When I was a kid my brothers and I picked up a miniature iron cannon from one of the many historical sites our parents took us to. when we got home we bored out the barrel and then made our own gunpowder, the hardest thing was the explanation for the little "holes" discovered throughout our house over the years.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

You could put your eye out with that!

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from Jerry A. wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I can see that little thing as an accident waiting to happen. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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from Gritz wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

THIS MADE MY DAY!!! I am just about to start a long long day and over a cup of coffee I usually check the blog to start my day. Today was the best. A little Carmina Burana and a mini cannon is the perfect way to start the day! This reminds me of an old friend who had a fetish with doing things like this in his house, which had everything from bullet holes to burns in his walls. All was fun and games until he broke out his oven glass window while shooting a slingshot at something. They actually bulldozed the house when he moved out. Anyways, if this cannon had a different ignition source I would buy one today.

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from Paul Wilke wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

You know that pesky fly that somehow gets in the house, and always seems to see you coming with the fly swatter?
I'm thinking small cannon loaded with coarse salt.
Just the thought puts a smile on my face.

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from fortycal wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

What part of "Dun blowed my fangers clean off" does this fellow not understand?

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from okduckhunter wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Great. Now I have to email the guy to find out how to get one.........

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from philbourjaily wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Tom Tom --
If you notice, he puts three shots through practically the same hole when he shoots the computer monitor. That's pretty good accuracy, even at desktop range.

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from Jim Blum wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I like that little canon...... I bought one from Cheaper than dirt but it is bigger... who cleaned up all that mess??? and where can I get one???????

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from dale freeman wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

It's brains ,like this, that made AMERICA the greatest
nation in the world.
I love it.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

thats not vodka its smirnioff my mom drinks it!!

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from focusfront wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

My Dad has Phil beat. When I was a kid, he'd take a 1 1/2" plumber's pipe, stick it into the ground on an angle, drop a lit cherry bomb down it, and put a corn cob on top of that. Instant mortar!

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from Bella wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I prefer my golf ball mortar, I think.
Shooting the minicannon indoors is outacontrol!
I could see perhaps firing my cannon out a window
(into the swamp) but never targeting stuff in the house! Perhaps I'm old fashioned...but that guy must not be married, his wife would give him hell!

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i would never be able to stop playing with that thing!

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from dale freeman wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

FOCUSFRONT;
what kept the cherry bomb's fuse from going out, for lack of h2o ?
what was the morter round, the corn cobb ?

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from Vassilyjung wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Here's a video about 14th century blackpowder deer hunting. (minicannon)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNXkUA0KFNY&feature=player_embedded

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Some very disturbing images of alcohol abuse there.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

This person forgot the old wisdom about hunting computer monitors...use enough gun.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from BlackCrowes wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

This is really cool and all, but shoot a bottle of water and save the vodka!!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Relax boys that was a wine cooler and I can't think of a better thing to do with one of them. No Vodka was harmed...

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

That thing is awesome the sad thing is i could see myself shooting similar things with that. lol Maybe outside though...

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

The "Songs from Beuern" may have been a tad dramatic for the piece but still fun. Hope the guy has a very good vacuum! Thanks Phil, all work and no play...

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ed J wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Bee we call them whine coolers....

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

COOL!

I WANT ONE!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from yohan wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Agreed buckhunter ,.personally
more of a scotch guy ,.
occasionally some Aquavit,..or beer
but why in the "H " shoot a bottle of vodka ?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Oh the humanity, please shoot no more booze its blasphemy! The cat would be much more entertaining.LOL Wonder if you could put rubber pellets in it and shoot at the kid. That would be very entertaining!LMAO

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I WANT ONE TOO!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from countitandone wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

PB ~ Did you lose any fingers about the same time you lost your sanity? Or, is that just being a kid...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GERG wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Aint we all kids deep down. I love blowin sh*& up. Its a wonder I have 9 workin fingers!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tom-Tom wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

If you were to send one to DEP, I bet that within a day he could fabricate a special handload and have it turning in sub-MOA scores. And to think that our generation was happy with a metal coat hanger (weapon), some rubberbands(propellant, and scrap paper(ammunition).

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from seadog wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

That looks like fun. If you get one don't carry it around in your pocked without your CC permit--it probably fits the definition of a firearm in most states. LOL

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

When I was a kid my brothers and I picked up a miniature iron cannon from one of the many historical sites our parents took us to. when we got home we bored out the barrel and then made our own gunpowder, the hardest thing was the explanation for the little "holes" discovered throughout our house over the years.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

You could put your eye out with that!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jerry A. wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I can see that little thing as an accident waiting to happen. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gritz wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

THIS MADE MY DAY!!! I am just about to start a long long day and over a cup of coffee I usually check the blog to start my day. Today was the best. A little Carmina Burana and a mini cannon is the perfect way to start the day! This reminds me of an old friend who had a fetish with doing things like this in his house, which had everything from bullet holes to burns in his walls. All was fun and games until he broke out his oven glass window while shooting a slingshot at something. They actually bulldozed the house when he moved out. Anyways, if this cannon had a different ignition source I would buy one today.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Paul Wilke wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

You know that pesky fly that somehow gets in the house, and always seems to see you coming with the fly swatter?
I'm thinking small cannon loaded with coarse salt.
Just the thought puts a smile on my face.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fortycal wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

What part of "Dun blowed my fangers clean off" does this fellow not understand?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from okduckhunter wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Great. Now I have to email the guy to find out how to get one.........

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from philbourjaily wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Tom Tom --
If you notice, he puts three shots through practically the same hole when he shoots the computer monitor. That's pretty good accuracy, even at desktop range.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim Blum wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I like that little canon...... I bought one from Cheaper than dirt but it is bigger... who cleaned up all that mess??? and where can I get one???????

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from dale freeman wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

It's brains ,like this, that made AMERICA the greatest
nation in the world.
I love it.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

thats not vodka its smirnioff my mom drinks it!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from focusfront wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

My Dad has Phil beat. When I was a kid, he'd take a 1 1/2" plumber's pipe, stick it into the ground on an angle, drop a lit cherry bomb down it, and put a corn cob on top of that. Instant mortar!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bella wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

I prefer my golf ball mortar, I think.
Shooting the minicannon indoors is outacontrol!
I could see perhaps firing my cannon out a window
(into the swamp) but never targeting stuff in the house! Perhaps I'm old fashioned...but that guy must not be married, his wife would give him hell!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i would never be able to stop playing with that thing!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from dale freeman wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

FOCUSFRONT;
what kept the cherry bomb's fuse from going out, for lack of h2o ?
what was the morter round, the corn cobb ?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Vassilyjung wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Here's a video about 14th century blackpowder deer hunting. (minicannon)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNXkUA0KFNY&feature=player_embedded

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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