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by Skywalker
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:25 pm
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Shock absorber spring rifle?

I bet a motorcycle or automotive shock absorber could be turned into a wicked spring rifle... might be on the dangerous side tho! Inspired by seeing one in the dumpster the other day.
by Skywalker
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:11 am
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Supersonic baseball cannon on 'Smarter Every Day'

They built a balanced piston valve. Very heavy-duty steel, they've run it as high as 500psi. The barrel is evacuated before the shot. There's a nice shadowgraph image of the shock wave from the supersonic baseball. Discussion of the concept: https://youtu.be/E60G3ba4TUA?t=296 The shock waves start h...
by Skywalker
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:04 pm
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Single-pump hybrid concept

I like @hectmarr 's work on these autonomous hybrids. I'm thinking about a design for a single-pump, high-mix hybrid. It seems to me that going for multiple pumps is a waste, since the resistance of the first few strokes is low, so one's arm is getting a lot of exercise just going back and forth. [a...
by Skywalker
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:45 am
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Re: Single-pump hybrid concept

A few more thoughts: I looks like Hector's little pistol has 16mL chamber, or ~1 cubic inch. I feel a bit silly for planning a rifle around a chamber with half that volume. So, I eked out a bit more performance by extending the lever arm to 24," the attachment point to 6.5," and increasing the cylin...