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Gauss Gun, physics, science Forum
Our popular Gauss Gun product generates a great deal of comments and speculation. This forum is to facilate that and other topics of physics and science.
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Home Made "Magno" Launcher
by chronoenigma on Sun, Dec 2nd, 2001 06:01:08 UTC
How would one shoot somthing say, as small as a bb threw somthing like a drinking straw?

Electromagnatize a spring inside the straw with a magnatized bb at the bottom of the coil forcing the bb to travel, spiraling along the "spring threads", and gaining speed and then out the end??

    Re: Home Made
    by tomh on Sun, Dec 2nd, 2001 11:00:02 UTC
    Our gauss gun plans acutally use a soda straw to shoot a BB. So, I might as well not say anymore or we would end up just giving the plans away for free! However, I'm not aware of this other method you describe with a spring.

      Re: Home Made
      by evev on Sat, Dec 7th, 2002 09:00:05 UTC
      a soda straw not usable for real coil gun. I try it. Coil hotting. Straw melted. You can see pfotos of my coil gun with bronze foil burrel on site:
      Click Here


    Re: Home Made
    by Hobson on Sat, Dec 8th, 2001 04:02:03 UTC
    I imagine this straw gauss gun is made one of two ways:
    Linear coil
    Linear pull-push phases

    In a coil gun, there are stages of coils that are made into electromagnets, which pull the projectile in oscillations.(on long enough to pull, then off while the next coil is turned on).
    Coil guns can be breech loaded or muzzle loaded, I suppose.

    In a push-pull, which are muzzle loaded I assume, a series of electromagnets with intermediate non-magnetic items build up speed by smacking into one another till power is built up on the loaded projectile, which fires(normal magnets can be used, depending on design).

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