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2014-07-10 05:30:48 PM  
That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.
 
2014-07-10 05:33:59 PM  
Someone spent too much time playing Dead Rising.
 
2014-07-10 07:30:53 PM  
You mean a flare gun?
 
2014-07-10 07:31:59 PM  
I think that actually lasted longer than the firework displays where I live...
 
2014-07-10 07:32:19 PM  
Can we get a shot from about 100 yards away?
 
2014-07-10 07:33:14 PM  
Is that a high capacity magazine?
 
2014-07-10 07:33:14 PM  

whatdoyouexpect: You mean a flare gun?


A flare gun is re-loadable. This is closer to a handheld solid rocket booster with a terrible power to weight ratio.

/put it in the freezer overnight and see if it explodes the next day
 
2014-07-10 07:33:42 PM  

doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.


Many years ago there was a company that marketed an open-bolt Uzi or Mac clone (not sure which) that lacked a trigger. You'd pop in a magazine, pull back the charging handle, and let it fly. It would keep firing until the mag was empty. They argued that since there was no trigger it couldn't be "firing more than a single round by a single operation of the trigger" and therefore it wasn't technically an NFA regulated machine gun.

That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.

/CSB
 
2014-07-10 07:34:46 PM  
And all the schools in the state where put on lock down..... even though it's summer break.


/Welcome to the new USA.
 
2014-07-10 07:38:59 PM  
What's "awesome" will be the Video with the "Follow-Up" tag with a headline probably containing words such as "hold my beer" and "Darwin" and "homemade fireworks accident".
 
2014-07-10 07:39:03 PM  
So happy the WaPo remains a news organization with gravitas.
 
2014-07-10 07:43:27 PM  

JesseL: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

Many years ago there was a company that marketed an open-bolt Uzi or Mac sten clone (not sure which) that lacked a trigger. You'd pop in a magazine, pull back the charging handle, and let it fly. It would keep firing until the mag was empty. They argued that since there was no trigger it couldn't be "firing more than a single round by a single operation of the trigger" and therefore it wasn't technically an NFA regulated machine gun.

That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.

/CSB


ftfy
 
2014-07-10 07:43:50 PM  

JesseL: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

Many years ago there was a company that marketed an open-bolt Uzi or Mac clone (not sure which) that lacked a trigger. You'd pop in a magazine, pull back the charging handle, and let it fly. It would keep firing until the mag was empty. They argued that since there was no trigger it couldn't be "firing more than a single round by a single operation of the trigger" and therefore it wasn't technically an NFA regulated machine gun.

That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.

/CSB


Didn't a James Bond villain have a triggerless gun?  I seem to remember that.
 
2014-07-10 07:44:26 PM  
I still like the "motherfarking bootleg fireworks shiat" video better. Never gets old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRItYDKSqpQ
 
2014-07-10 07:46:16 PM  
I'm no expert,  but it appears to be a fully automatic AR-15 firecracker machine gun.
 
2014-07-10 07:47:20 PM  
Its only cool if he fires it off with the handle clenched between his butt cheeks.
 
2014-07-10 07:47:42 PM  

JesseL: That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.


I can't imagine it did, but a valiant try none the less.
 
2014-07-10 07:48:21 PM  

doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.


That's how we played "marines" as kids. God knows how no one was blinded or maimed.
 
2014-07-10 07:52:33 PM  

zedster: JesseL: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

Many years ago there was a company that marketed an open-bolt Uzi or Mac sten clone (not sure which) that lacked a trigger. You'd pop in a magazine, pull back the charging handle, and let it fly. It would keep firing until the mag was empty. They argued that since there was no trigger it couldn't be "firing more than a single round by a single operation of the trigger" and therefore it wasn't technically an NFA regulated machine gun.

That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.

/CSB

ftfy


Ah, thank you.
 
2014-07-10 07:58:58 PM  
Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?
 
2014-07-10 08:01:09 PM  
Saint's Row did it better.
 
2014-07-10 08:03:11 PM  
cinemademerde.com
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-07-10 08:05:23 PM  

ceebeecates4: whatdoyouexpect: You mean a flare gun?

A flare gun is re-loadable. This is closer to a handheld solid rocket booster with a terrible power to weight ratio.

/put it in the freezer overnight and see if it explodes the next day


Not a pyro-tech, what happens?
 
2014-07-10 08:18:51 PM  
Somebody should have told him that fireworks look prettier IN THE SKY!
Why the hell was he pointing a fireworks gun, at a target?

Still, fun to watch though
 
2014-07-10 08:22:38 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?


NEVER, NEVER, NEVER tape a bunch of sparklers together (unless you are making a bomb).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOz7b_b6jv8

(around 8:40 in the video).
 
2014-07-10 08:33:48 PM  

hammettman: What's "awesome" will be the Video with the "Follow-Up" tag with a headline probably containing words such as "hold my beer" and "Darwin" and "homemade fireworks accident".


You're also forgetting "third degree burns," "multiple casualties," and "millions in damages."
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-07-10 08:53:06 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER tape a bunch of sparklers together (unless you are making a bomb).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOz7b_b6jv8

(around 8:40 in the video).


God....screwing around with that much percussion is just poking Darwin in the ribs.
 
2014-07-10 08:58:09 PM  
I love roman candles. Bar none my favorite firework.
 
2014-07-10 09:02:48 PM  
Reminded me of the buttlerocket guy...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYm-nm5LtU NSFW
 
2014-07-10 09:14:05 PM  

Fano: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

That's how we played "marines" as kids. God knows how no one was blinded or maimed.


I did too. Only for us it was magic missiles, and some of us had real swords.

I miss college.
 
2014-07-10 09:14:29 PM  

Stig O'Tracy: I still like the "motherfarking bootleg fireworks shiat" video better. Never gets old.


That made my day. Seriously. The subtitles were crucial.
 
2014-07-10 09:31:53 PM  
Should have flown a quadcopter over it.
There are cheapish ones with video cameras.
(Be sure to finalize the recording before the flaming shards hit the ground.)
 
2014-07-10 09:32:33 PM  

gja: Too Pretty For Prison: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER tape a bunch of sparklers together (unless you are making a bomb).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOz7b_b6jv8

(around 8:40 in the video).

God....screwing around with that much percussion is just poking Darwin in the ribs.


It's an extremely slow explosive.  Build em big enough and they don't even explode, they just fireball.
 
2014-07-10 09:35:51 PM  

Stig O'Tracy: I still like the "motherfarking bootleg fireworks shiat" video better. Never gets old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRItYDKSqpQ


hahahahaha that was awesome. thank you
 
2014-07-10 09:46:12 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?


I gave up on firework battles when it started escalating to Saturn missile batteries and crackering balls launched with a sling shot.
 
2014-07-10 09:48:11 PM  

Fano: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

That's how we played "marines" as kids. God knows how no one was blinded or maimed.


Roman candles are pretty safe for that sorta thing as long as you're wearing eye protection.  No one's gonna get maimed.  I've been involved in many roman candle wars (yeah, yeah, I know: hold my beer).  Been hit countless times.  Just feels like a small rock hitting you.  You'll want to wear an old t-shirt that you don't feel bad about throwing away, because you'll get some small burn marks.

The "fire" from a roman candle is very weak.  And I wasn't in charge of buying them, but I believe you need to buy the ones "without report" or something, which means no explosion.

Its fun.
 
2014-07-10 09:48:38 PM  

whatdoyouexpect: You mean a flare gun?


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fark you!!...Fark You!
 
2014-07-10 09:52:54 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?


Bottle rockets... that's not smart.  As a stupid kid with my stupid friends we had bottle rocket wars all the time.  Got one (live) lodged in the collar of my jean jacket (acid washed!  That's how boss I was) and I think my ear is still ringing 30 years later.

Roman candles are nothing as long as you have simple eye protection.
 
2014-07-10 09:54:26 PM  
I'm kind of surprised that nobody has mentioned anything about 'every 5th round being a tracer...'

/just kinda
//off to look at Stig's, that sounds better
 
2014-07-10 09:58:58 PM  
My favorite fireworks video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9OYr0JO3dY&feature=kp

Not quite as impressive but much more funny.
 
2014-07-10 10:06:30 PM  

Mr.Bobo: My favorite fireworks video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9OYr0JO3dY&feature=kp

Not quite as impressive but much more funny.


Is "but" how all the kids are spelling "butt," now?


 Why would I want to know this?
 
2014-07-10 10:10:07 PM  

downstairs: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?

Bottle rockets... that's not smart.  As a stupid kid with my stupid friends we had bottle rocket wars all the time.  Got one (live) lodged in the collar of my jean jacket (acid washed!  That's how boss I was) and I think my ear is still ringing 30 years later.

Roman candles are nothing as long as you have simple eye protection.


Same thing here, but mine turned down and went to the center of my back before exploding.

Jacket came through fine but it burned the fark out of my shirt.

And my back.
 
2014-07-10 10:23:31 PM  

GonzoNihilist: I'm no expert,  but it appears to be a fully automatic AR-15 firecracker machine gun.


The news said it was an AK-47.
 
2014-07-10 10:24:35 PM  

Craw Fu: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?

I gave up on firework battles when it started escalating to Saturn missile batteries and crackering balls launched with a sling shot.


M80s and a wrist rocket were always good times.
 
2014-07-10 10:26:18 PM  
I know I wasn't the only one waiting for that roman candle strap-on to go kablooey.

/prefers sparkler bombs and bleach/aluminum pressure bombs for making noise
 
2014-07-10 10:28:14 PM  

SDRR: M80s and a wrist rocket were always good times.


We used snap-n-pops that we unwrapped, re-wrapped into larger bangers using toilet paper, and wrist rockets.
 
2014-07-10 10:30:51 PM  

scanman61: downstairs: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?

Bottle rockets... that's not smart.  As a stupid kid with my stupid friends we had bottle rocket wars all the time.  Got one (live) lodged in the collar of my jean jacket (acid washed!  That's how boss I was) and I think my ear is still ringing 30 years later.

Roman candles are nothing as long as you have simple eye protection.

Same thing here, but mine turned down and went to the center of my back before exploding.

Jacket came through fine but it burned the fark out of my shirt.

And my back.


Yeah, bottle rockets are real explosives.  Yeah, not deadly, but kinda stupid to fark around with in terms of playing "war" or "marines" or whatever you may have called it as a kid.

Roman candles look cool, but are really nothing dangerous.  I've probably been hit 100+ times.  Never a scar, just ruined some shirts I was going to turn into rags anyway.  You don't even get a burn mark, just some ash.
 
2014-07-10 10:44:00 PM  

JesseL: doglover: That's not a fully automatic gun, that's several roman candles taped together with a handle.

Fully automatic implies he has some control over it.

Many years ago there was a company that marketed an open-bolt Uzi or Mac clone (not sure which) that lacked a trigger. You'd pop in a magazine, pull back the charging handle, and let it fly. It would keep firing until the mag was empty. They argued that since there was no trigger it couldn't be "firing more than a single round by a single operation of the trigger" and therefore it wasn't technically an NFA regulated machine gun.

That reasoning didn't get them very far with the ATF and the courts.

/CSB


My guess would be that since it was directly bolt-operated, they would consider the bolt the trigger.
 
2014-07-10 11:14:08 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Come on, what kid hasn't had a fireworks battle with a bunch of Roman candles and bottle rockets taped together?


A few of my buddies had a shop class together where they made a crude handle with metal tubes mounted on top as handheld bottle rocket launchers. The genius part was fitting half of a tennis ball on the front so you didn't get any sparks on your hands.

We had an epic midnight battle free for all that winter at a park. We quit when one of the bottle rockets found its way into one guy's coat pocket. To this day, watching that kid spin around with trying to get his coat off with sparks shooting out, and then BANG, and goose down softly floating to the ground is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
 
2014-07-10 11:21:03 PM  
Seriously, the hero tag on fark is being ass farked on a regular basis. No hero here, just a moran. I was hoping it would blow up and turn him into a pale pink mist. Nothing as stupid as building something like that and spinning around in circles exposing your friends to the fireballs.
 
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