One thing that has kind of bothered me with the whole world of spud chucking is the waste. Potatoes are food and as such should be eaten (I'm Irish what can I say) . . . not hurled at breakneck speeds to please the whooping and hollering primates behind its path (yeah I'm one of those too).
I have devised a way to make additional use of dirty paper towels and reduce the waste of potatoes simultaneously . . . behold the duct spud!
Here's me and then a friend of mine using it:
Not bad considering it's quite windy!
Step 1: Materials
Right so here's what you're going to need to make these:
- old dirty paper towels (preferably not wet and definitely not having anything like linseed oil which is prone to spontaneous combustion . . . .that would be BAD)
- a roll of duct tape
- orange (or any color that stands out from your surroundings) Extruded plastic flagging tape. The kind you see tied to wooden sticks around construction sites. (i bought mine from home depot it's kept near their caution tape)
- (optional: will make for better range due to increased momentum) a smooth but dense rock that fits, with plenty of room, inside your spud gun's barrel (so if you have a 1.5 inch inner diam barrel I'd suggest no bigger than an inch in diameter and a couple of inches in length
- Paper towel -$0.00 : Should never be short of dirty paper towels so I'll consider that cost negligible
- Duct Tape - $0.10 : the whole roll costs only so the 3 or so feet you'll need come to this amount
- Flagging tape - $0.30 : 300 feet cost less than $2 and you need only 6 inches
- Rock - $0.00 : besides being optional the earth is practically made of these . . .if you can't find one the see an optometrist and a neurologist for poor eyesight and/or lack of feeling.
That's it! Pretty simple huh?