Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(WSAZ West Virginia)   The cannon only shot about 3 feet, so the obvious answer is to double the amount of gun powder right? WRONG   ( wsaz.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Cannon, Coroner, Franklin Valley Road, Injury, Jackson County Sheriff, Sheriff, Yard, Gun  
•       •       •

7884 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Apr 2017 at 9:52 PM (31 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



44 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2017-04-15 05:43:28 PM  
Obviously, there wasn't a handloader in the group.
Double the powder? Fark me!
 
2017-04-15 06:13:36 PM  
Mythbusters.
 
2017-04-15 06:24:01 PM  
Meanwhile at the KSC launchpad....
 
2017-04-15 08:45:14 PM  

BalugaJoe: Mythbusters.


Damn you!
 
2017-04-15 09:58:23 PM  
The homeowner tells deputies some family members were standing outside when it happened and a piece of the cannon landed about 15 feet from where they were standing in the yard.

I'd be willing to bet it didn't.
 
2017-04-15 10:00:29 PM  
I suspect that they substituted smokeless powder for black powder. Black powder shouldn't do this.
 
2017-04-15 10:01:14 PM  
I'm glad the person holding his beer wasn't injured too
 
2017-04-15 10:04:08 PM  
I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts
 
2017-04-15 10:04:08 PM  
Wanted for questioning:

r.ddmcdn.comView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 10:07:53 PM  
Is this another North Korea thread?
 
2017-04-15 10:09:15 PM  
That's the kind of hillbilly physics calculation I grew up on in West by God Virginia.
 
2017-04-15 10:09:26 PM  
The North Korean missile failure already got a thread, subby.
 
2017-04-15 10:13:39 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 10:15:45 PM  
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid "Train explosion scene"
Youtube i9flhhwkTTA
 
2017-04-15 10:17:58 PM  
cdn.meme.amView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 10:18:16 PM  
when the cannon exploded a metal piece of it flew about 500 to 800 yards into the roof of another home.

Wrong sunny? No, technically it was right to double the powder. A piece did travel the intended distance, just not as the test was designed.
 
2017-04-15 10:18:21 PM  
I'd like to hear Fark's resident blackpowder expert and get his take. Dittybopper, thoughts?
 
2017-04-15 10:22:10 PM  

loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts


Yeah. Probably packing gunpowder into a PVC pipe.  And by double, they probably meant quadrupled.
 
2017-04-15 10:24:32 PM  

loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of
I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts


In black powder cannon circles, "golf ball" (nominally 1.7" bore) is a popular caliber as the first step above 1" bore.

When you buy cheap golf balls for ammo, you discover that some are smaller (e.g. British balls are undersized); if you don't use appropriate wadding, you get the results these guys got on their first shot.   The remedy is to adjust your wadding, not adding more powder.
 
2017-04-15 10:29:26 PM  

ChicagoKev: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of
I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

In black powder cannon circles, "golf ball" (nominally 1.7" bore) is a popular caliber as the first step above 1" bore.

When you buy cheap golf balls for ammo, you discover that some are smaller (e.g. British balls are undersized); if you don't use appropriate wadding, you get the results these guys got on their first shot.   The remedy is to adjust your wadding, not adding more powder.


Yeah, but some people simply use more powder and never have to worry about shooting their wad.
 
2017-04-15 10:31:54 PM  
Sounds like someone did the math here first...

"Whacha rekin, Billy? 'Bout what was before and 'bout that much more?"
"I rekin, Bobby. How much were that before?"
"I'da say about that much, Billy."
*pours an unmeasured amount of powder in the dog bowl that is used for powder measurement*
"Allrighy then! Lets do it!"
"WHOOOOOOOO"
*boom*

Kids, when playing with these things, be careful. And being careful means knowing what you are doing...
 
2017-04-15 10:32:37 PM  
But...golf balls aren't generally used for cannon ordnance

I guess they learned why. Learning is fun
 
2017-04-15 10:33:39 PM  

ChicagoKev: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of
I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

In black powder cannon circles, "golf ball" (nominally 1.7" bore) is a popular caliber as the first step above 1" bore.

When you buy cheap golf balls for ammo, you discover that some are smaller (e.g. British balls are undersized); if you don't use appropriate wadding, you get the results these guys got on their first shot.   The remedy is to adjust your wadding, not adding more powder.


Ohhhhh

See, learning is fun
 
2017-04-15 10:33:49 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 10:49:08 PM  

Rann Xerox: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/i9flhhwkTTA - 480x270]


Came for this, leaving satisfied. God, I love that movie.
"I can't swim!"
 
2017-04-15 10:53:22 PM  

baronbloodbath: I'd like to hear Fark's resident blackpowder expert and get his take. Dittybopper, thoughts?


Once they stop the bleeding in his right leg, I'm sure he'll give us an update.
 
2017-04-15 10:58:00 PM  
i.imgflip.comView Full Size


I'm not sure how many grains a cannonball is, but I'm fairly certain that ignoring the documentation is... Not wise.


img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 11:01:10 PM  
There's a cannon in Pasadena my father used to pass on his way to school. They loaded it and fired out all the trash people had been shoving down down the barrel after they repacked it. This was the 50's so i guess stupidity wasn't as prevalent.
 
2017-04-15 11:17:39 PM  

ChicagoKev: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of
I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

In black powder cannon circles, "golf ball" (nominally 1.7" bore) is a popular caliber as the first step above 1" bore.

When you buy cheap golf balls for ammo, you discover that some are smaller (e.g. British balls are undersized); if you don't use appropriate wadding, you get the results these guys got on their first shot.   The remedy is to adjust your wadding, not adding more powder.


Yeah, I'm betting they didn't pack the wad on their first shot properly, or didn't even know it needed wadding.
 
2017-04-15 11:19:15 PM  

smunns: There's a cannon in Pasadena my father used to pass on his way to school. They loaded it and fired out all the trash people had been shoving down down the barrel after they repacked it. This was the 50's so i guess stupidity wasn't as prevalent.


In the 50's there were probably more people around who had actual experience firing gun powder artillery without falling back on Youtube potato gun videos.
 
2017-04-15 11:30:45 PM  

BlueBox: I'm glad the person holding his beer wasn't injured too


img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-04-15 11:31:19 PM  
Actually any amount of gunpowder (smokeless powder) is the wrong amount.  Those are black powder cannons and gun powder will turn them into shrapnel.
 
2017-04-15 11:41:17 PM  
Sponsored by Budweiser.
 
2017-04-15 11:51:01 PM  

loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts


a golf ball will shoot really far out of a piece of 3" PVC with a bead seating tire tool like this ( http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200451163_200451163?​ )  Do not try at home/work very dangerous.
 
2017-04-16 12:03:02 AM  

loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts


you know how we know you didn't even glance at the article?

//it was a civil war cannon
 
2017-04-16 12:11:45 AM  
--Leonard of Quirm shakes his head and shares a knowing glance with Bloody Stupid Johnson...
 
2017-04-16 12:21:16 AM  

doubleextra: I suspect that they substituted smokeless powder for black powder. Black powder shouldn't do this.


If you don't ram the ball on the powder and leave an air space this'll happen with black powder.
 
2017-04-16 12:58:04 AM  
Thought this was going to be about the biggest little Dennis Rodman fan.

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-04-16 01:23:02 AM  
It always worked in Artillery. If you added enough powder, you could blast right through the mountain.
 
2017-04-16 08:42:24 AM  

Daemonik: ChicagoKev: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of
I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

In black powder cannon circles, "golf ball" (nominally 1.7" bore) is a popular caliber as the first step above 1" bore.

When you buy cheap golf balls for ammo, you discover that some are smaller (e.g. British balls are undersized); if you don't use appropriate wadding, you get the results these guys got on their first shot.   The remedy is to adjust your wadding, not adding more powder.

Yeah, I'm betting they didn't pack the wad on their first shot properly, or didn't even know it needed wadding.


wadding? we don't need no stinkin' wadding. 100 grain wt of FFg and my golfball mortar has a range of ~100 yards with 60 degrees elevation, and no wadding. But for just a report, i use white bread for wadding, no fires and biodegradable.
 
2017-04-16 08:51:53 AM  

CzarChasm: --Leonard of Quirm shakes his head and shares a knowing glance with Bloody Stupid Johnson...


troba
 
2017-04-16 09:32:30 AM  

ski9600: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

a golf ball will shoot really far out of a piece of 3" PVC with a bead seating tire tool like this ( http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200451163_200451163? ​)  Do not try at home/work very dangerous.


I've always wanted to fill the neck of one of those with flour and blow it off at a bonfire.

I'm still here, so therefore I have yet to do it.
 
2017-04-16 11:24:27 AM  
Should have used Top Flite ball.
 
2017-04-16 07:03:42 PM  

IamAwake: loonatic112358: I'd like to see pre-explosion photos of their "cannon" they were shooting golf balls out of

I'm betting it's really a spud gun of sorts

you know how we know you didn't even glance at the article?

//it was a civil war cannon

and you only glanced at the photo?? that was unrelated to the article?

 
Displayed 44 of 44 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report