PVC Pipe Air Cannon

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A cannon made out of PVC Pipe which shoots over 375 feet (115 metres).

This is a very simple project to make. All the components came from my local hardware store. I already had an air compressor at home, but if you don't have one, then you could use a hand bicycle pump.

Step 1: Materials

What you need:

1 x Length of Pressure PVC Pipe (I used a 1 metre x 40mm piece)
The 'pressure' bit just means that it's thicker. you can use the thinner stuff if you want, but it might break

2 x Pressure Caps

Glue (plumbers glue or other strong glue)

Air Compressor or Bicycle Pump

Step 2: Method

Step 1: Drill a hole in one cap appropriate for your air compressor/pump nozzle, then glue it on the pipe

Step 2: Jam the other cap on the other end as hard as you can!

Step 3: Destruction!

After the glue has dried, stick the nozzle in the hole you drilled, then aim your cannon, turn on the air, and take cover!

Just make sure not to fire the cap at something hard or metal because i made that mistake, and as you can see, it does not have good results!

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    ElectroFrank

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I would like to suggest that all high pressure air cannon instructables should include a warning such as:

    "These high pressure air weapons can shoot things fast enough to cause severe injuries or death. Never use them to shoot things at people."

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    stephenniall

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow very nice I am about to make one of these and add a 12v battery pack Belt and Put a Car Tire compressor Built in very nice ty