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Thundercolt

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Rmccamey

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Hold my beer and watch this...

I am sitting here reminded of the time some years back …. my nephew had made one of these potato cannons for a school project and was showing it off at the family Easter get together. His Dad and uncle decided they would try to play baseball with It… as I filmed them with them with my phone camera in slow motion (that feature was a novelty at that time). The resulting video was of my one brother-in-law launching this rocket at my other brother-in-law holding a baseball bat as the projectile manages to strike him in the one place he wished it didn’t…. Followed by the reaction of absolute elation and joy on the face of the older brother when he realized he hit his younger brother in the family jewels…. All caught in slow motion.
 

StoryPNW

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Oregon
I am sitting here reminded of the time some years back …. my nephew had made one of these potato cannons for a school project and was showing it off at the family Easter get together. His Dad and uncle decided they would try to play baseball with It… as I filmed them with them with my phone camera in slow motion (that feature was a novelty at that time). The resulting video was of my one brother-in-law launching this rocket at my other brother-in-law holding a baseball bat as the projectile manages to strike him in the one place he wished it didn’t…. Followed by the reaction of absolute elation and joy on the face of the older brother when he realized he hit his younger brother in the family jewels…. All caught in slow motion.
My friends and I used to build them combustion style, used starting fluid and an igniter, man could the launch a chunk of potato! Those were the good old days. Makes me kinda want to build one again.
 
Pikers all (actually I LOVE potato cannons);)......Imagine if you will having access to these and all we could load them with...which we did (under scientifically produced "experiments" ONLY;)). We found out a LOT about such things as basic elements & metals and how they burn different colors, as well as proper metal projectiles made in different metals and the effects on trajectory/distance as well as penetration of wood barns and limestone pits. I will say a earth filled 20oz soda bottle in a 4pdr sounds awesome traveling through a full standing cornfield....:)

Bronze Model 1841 6 PDR.
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And

Model 1841 Mountain Howitzer
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and an especially interesting "experiment" with a 1841 Coehorn Mortar, (wrong grain charge used and Mortar Shot went wild:oops: :rolleyes:)

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We have had access to many others as well.......GREAT youthful and adult memories!;)
 
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VoodooSan

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783
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Caldwell, ID
I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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down south
I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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Man, I like that band! Good luck with the conditioning. It's really a good one!
 
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I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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Well done Mark

That is one serious hat!!
 

wsmontana

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Montana
I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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Love that hat and band! Great find Mark!

And watch out Weird Al! :cool:
 

Steve1857

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Denmark
I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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Love it, Mark.

I hope the leather treatment works. If not, the price of a new snakeskin band would definitely be worth spending to keep that Stetson looking as it should.
 

T Jones

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Central Ohio
I like big hats and I cannot lie
My posse members can’t deny
When a cowboy walks in with a five inch brim
And a crown that reaches the sky, I get sprung


Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. :D

My latest score off the bay is a late 70s to early 80s Stetson Big Country, in Acorn, with a 5” brim and a crown that’s 5” at the front bash, and 6” on the side. Opened up, the full crown, uncreased, is 7”. I’m REALLY hoping some Bickmore Exotic Leather treatment will enable me to save the band, otherwise I’m gonna end up spending more on a new piece of snake, than I did on the hat. This will see duty as a Cowboy Action Shooting hat, probably within the next month.

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Wow! Lucky you! Seven inch crown. Five inch brim. That's a whole lotta hat! I gotta get one of those! I'm already floating around some ideas on what I'd do with one!

Nice catch!
 

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