The "Big 10 Inch" is a pumpkin cannon, so-named according to military custom for its bore. The "Big" refers to the fact that its barrel is 100 feet long! It's an air cannon - that is, it operates on compressed air. And, it's not just any air cannon. Pumpkin throwing (also referred to as "punkin chunkin") is becoming quite popular -- there are at least a dozen events each fall that attract all sorts of "chunkers", catapults, trebuchets, contraptions and machines.
"How far?" you ask. Most people think that the length of a football field would be impressive and guess two football fields to confidently overestimate. Would you believe: we hurl a 10-lb. pumpkin SIX TIMES THAT -- OVER 4000 FEET! And, stay tuned...We've got a few improvements in mind for the coming year. We've actually chunked a pumpkin over a mile (5280 feet)!
The modifications we've made should make the Big 10 Inch the cannon to beat. We're looking forward to going head-to-head with the other members of the "4000 foot club" at this year's world championships - The Big 10 Inch and a dozen other cannons that have all launched a pumpkin over 4000 feet.
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Video ripping a car at Damariscotta, Me '10
Rear door goes flying. - 3.75 MB
Front post rocking. - 6.5 MB
2012 WCPC Results
This year we turned in a respectable 5th place out of 23 adult air cannons. It's otherwise mediocre and far below our standard performance. We had great pumpkins this year. So did everyone else. LaEstrella pumpkins have become the standard. The continual headwind and cold temperatures knocked all cannons' shots down. So what else is new?
BTI breaks one mile barrier:
On 9/9/10 in Moab, UT, The Big 10 Inch launched a 9 lb 12 oz LaEstrella pumpkin 5545.42 ft, thats 1.05 mile (1.690 km). Thin air (a mile high), a perfect pumpkin, favorable conditions and The Big 10 Inch did the rest. Actually we shot 2 pumpkins more than a mile that day. We're the first Pumpkin Chunker in history to break a mile. View the Guiness World RecordTM for "farthest distance to fire a pumpkin" here. The one mile story is told here.
The Big 10 Inch team would like to acknowledge our sponsors, who have made possible bringing The Big 10 Inch to you. We're proud to be sponsored by:
* Kompressed Air of Del., New Castle, DE, supplies our air compressor and keeps it in top performance. For all your air compressors, accessories and service needs call K*A*D at 302-322-4900. KAD's web site.
* Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA, provides the lubricant for our flying gourds and soaring spirits. These makers of hand-crafted beers have beverages to satisfy any taste. We especially enjoy their HopDevil IPA ourselves. Visit Victory's web site to find a retailer near you.
* Wistar Equipment Inc, Carney's Point, NJ, furnishes our 40 kW generator. They have the heavy equipment rental, sales and service to meet your needs. See Wistar's web site or call 800-969-2471.
Having mentioned compressed air, here's a word about SAFETY. The Big 10 Inch is a compressed air cannon. We use no explosives or combustibles to accelerate pumpkins down the length of our 100-foot barrel to speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour. Even so, air compressed to hundreds of pounds per square inch (psi) deserves considerable respect. If you're tempted to build your own pumpkin-hurling device, please keep safety in mind, and seek the advice of trained professionals, as needed. We have engineers and scientists on our team who have helped to build a powerful, but safe machine.
Contacts and comments: bigten [at] big10inch [dot] org. Use Pumpkin as the first word in the Subject line so we can filter out spam.
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