Holy Hannah! It's a Halloween Howitzer!

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Holy Hannah! It's a Halloween Howitzer!

Halloween is coming and that means it's time to indulge in the great American tradition of getting together with some buddies, having a few cold ones and building a giant cannon that can fire a pumpkin at 600 miles per hour.

Potato guns are nice enough, if you're a sissy-boy who gets nervous at the prospect of having a howitzer parked in your back yard. But if you're a Real Man, then you're after something bigger. Something longer. Something you can hang an American flag from, that's simultaneously an amusing Halloween novelty and ridiculously dangerous weapon. You want the Pumpkin Cannon.

The Pumpkin Cannon is nearly 100 feet long and uses two giant tanks of compressed air at about 50 pounds of pressure to fire pumpkins and other similarly-sized objects. The unlucky projectiles exit the barrel at an estimated speed of around 600 miles per hour and sail for almost a mile; at a 45-degree angle, they can reach altitudes of 3500 feet.

The cannon was built by New York state farmer John Gill and his buddy Gary Arold, a project the pair took on after seeing a smaller model built by a friend in 2006. Along with pumpkins, the cannon has also been used to fire objects like scuba tanks and a basketball filled with corn and foam insulation; the "worst thing" they've ever fired was a bowling ball, which Arold said "kept going and going and going," flying for more than a mile before it finally came down.

And like all Real Men, they laugh at danger and brush off concerns that their gigantic, home-made artillery piece might actually hurt someone. Gill took the ol' "walk it off" approach when a pumpkin unexpectedly broke up after being fired and showered the people in his corn maze with chunks of pumpkin guts and shrapnel. "They were shook up a little while they were walking around," he said, "but they got over it."

Source: recordonline.com, via HardOCP

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How is this legal? I'm pretty sure a weapon that size doesn't count as an arm which you can bear.

That is EPIC....

Such fun.

Amnestic:
How is this legal? I'm pretty sure a weapon that size doesn't count as an arm which you can bear.

It does if you're as manly as these guy clearly are.
This is just awesome, just awesome.

That's just beautiful. More citizens need to make projects like this. For science!

HOLY CRAP.

I wants one! D:

Jesus christ. They should start launching practical things out of that... Like forks and knives :D

i so want one of those things

i'd love to have one, tho i might just settle for a potato gun

..I have one question, where do they land?

EDIT: I'm guessing here

Freakout456:
..I have one question, where do they land?

This. How the hell do they get away with this? It looks quite dangerous.

That said: frickin' awesoooooome! :D

Let me get this straight... 2 guys, with absolutely no qualifications, permits or even professional advisory whatsoever, took it upon themselves to manufacture a fully functional piece of conventional artillery, a cannon, capable of propelling large items, used as ammunition, at 600 miles per hour, and then, as if that wasn't enough, proceeded to indulge themselves, having absolutely no artillery training whatsoever, by firing said cannon into the air with reckless disregard to it's trajectory (which would be pointless either ways because the barrel shakes so much it could aim anywhere from the yard next door to Nebraska) and without even studying where said heavy projectiles might land at 600 miles per hour? And then they posted it on youtube?

...And they're not sitting in jail right now?

...Only in America...

Cannon that shoots vegetables.

MANLY!

Caliostro:
Let me get this straight... 2 guys, with absolutely no qualifications, permits or even professional advisory whatsoever, took it upon themselves to manufacture a fully functional piece of conventional artillery, a cannon, capable of propelling large items, used as ammunition, at 600 miles per hour, and then, as if that wasn't enough, proceeded to indulge themselves, having absolutely no artillery training whatsoever, by firing said cannon into the air with reckless disregard to it's trajectory (which would be pointless either ways because the barrel shakes so much it could aim anywhere from the yard next door to Nebraska) and without even studying where said heavy projectiles might land at 600 miles per hour? And then they posted it on youtube?

...And they're not sitting in jail right now?

...Only in America...

Artillery doesn't run on compressed air. And they're hardly the first guys to do it.

But yeah, only in America.

Caliostro:
Let me get this straight... 2 guys, with absolutely no qualifications, permits or even professional advisory whatsoever, took it upon themselves to manufacture a fully functional piece of conventional artillery, a cannon, capable of propelling large items, used as ammunition, at 600 miles per hour, and then, as if that wasn't enough, proceeded to indulge themselves, having absolutely no artillery training whatsoever, by firing said cannon into the air with reckless disregard to it's trajectory (which would be pointless either ways because the barrel shakes so much it could aim anywhere from the yard next door to Nebraska) and without even studying where said heavy projectiles might land at 600 miles per hour? And then they posted it on youtube?

...And they're not sitting in jail right now?

...Only in America...

America was founded by Crazy Rednecks and Doily Intellectuals. And that cross section remains more or less unchanged.

We have this sort of thing in Washington every year...

Caliostro:
Let me get this straight... 2 guys, with absolutely no qualifications, permits or even professional advisory whatsoever, took it upon themselves to manufacture a fully functional piece of conventional artillery, a cannon, capable of propelling large items, used as ammunition, at 600 miles per hour, and then, as if that wasn't enough, proceeded to indulge themselves, having absolutely no artillery training whatsoever, by firing said cannon into the air with reckless disregard to it's trajectory (which would be pointless either ways because the barrel shakes so much it could aim anywhere from the yard next door to Nebraska) and without even studying where said heavy projectiles might land at 600 miles per hour? And then they posted it on youtube?

...And they're not sitting in jail right now?

...Only in America...

Arent that a group of people 'cross the pond who build sedan trebuchetes?

Someone, somewhere is now finding out who beaned them upside the head with a pumpkin.

Xyphon:
Someone, somewhere is now finding out who beaned them upside the head with a pumpkin.

I don't think said person would be alive to find them...

You guys act like you never heard of punkin chuckin'. :)

Susan Arendt:
You guys act like you never heard of punkin chuckin'. :)

seen it with catapults and trebuchetes but this is the first cannon version i've seen xD

I know this place, I live 20 minutes away from it. I've been there a few times.

Caliostro:
Let me get this straight... 2 guys, with absolutely no qualifications, permits or even professional advisory whatsoever, took it upon themselves to manufacture a fully functional piece of conventional artillery, a cannon, capable of propelling large items, used as ammunition, at 600 miles per hour, and then, as if that wasn't enough, proceeded to indulge themselves, having absolutely no artillery training whatsoever, by firing said cannon into the air with reckless disregard to it's trajectory (which would be pointless either ways because the barrel shakes so much it could aim anywhere from the yard next door to Nebraska) and without even studying where said heavy projectiles might land at 600 miles per hour? And then they posted it on youtube?

...And they're not sitting in jail right now?

...Only in America...

it runs on compressed air and shoots vegatables they should have some land clear for the pumpkins to land but they should not be in jail

Thats cool, but it'll never beat my human cannon.

i gotta get one of those!

Jeeze and I had fun with a 4foot barrel potato cannon. I'm afraid what trouble i coudl actually get into with one like that.

That's almost redneck, but because it involves pumpkins it just makes it obsessive.

"You gotta have some kind of permit for this..."

I almost expected a "Permit?! We don't need no Stinkin' Permit!"

Gotta love how well boredom and cannons go together.

Heart of Darkness:

Xyphon:
Someone, somewhere is now finding out who beaned them upside the head with a pumpkin.

I don't think said person would be alive to find them...

Doesn't mean they can't haunt the person until they die.

PUMPKIN IN THE HOLE!

Bloody hell, I want one of those. :D

Wow. I've seen a pumpkin cannon before, but never one that fires a pumpkin that powerful. Just, wow.

Xyphon:

Heart of Darkness:

Xyphon:
Someone, somewhere is now finding out who beaned them upside the head with a pumpkin.

I don't think said person would be alive to find them...

Doesn't mean they can't haunt the person until they die.

Very true...but with their luck, they'd be beaned with an ethereal pumpkin, too!

*knock, knock*
- Who's there?
- Trick or treat!
- Come on! You guys have to be like 50 years old! What the hell are you doing trick or treating!? No candy for you!
*door slams shut*
*knock, knock*
- What is it!? Just give up guys, this is a fun evening for kids! Don't go ruining it!
*two farmers step aside, revealing a pumpkin-firing Howitser parked on the lawn*
- Here! Candy! For you! Take it!!!

These guys have it all figured out.

Holy shit. They should build an army of these things.

A cannon that can chug pumpkins? How awesome!
Fire in the hole XD
(For other otakus, or people who've been paying attention on the Escapist): Wow... Satoko's gonna be pissed now :(

How does this benefit mankind in any way? It's a massive waste of time, money, and resources.

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