Tater Tot Gun

(like a spud gun, but smaller)

I've always wanted to shoot those little toy paratrooper guys high enough to make the parachute really work.

Note: Don't shoot at people! Don't shoot at animals, or other people's property. Follow gun safety rules! It is also a good idea to consult with your local authorities about legal uses of home-made weapons. Consider yourself disclaimed...

We don't need no stinkin' SPUD GUNS!

I recently was introduced to the concept of "Spud Guns", by seeing a video of the BFPG-9000, a Mach-1 capable potato gun. However, even as amusing as it is, I don't want to shoot deadly spuds. I'd rather have something I can carry around and even shoot indoors.

I did a bit of browsing around the various spudgun sites online, and decided I had to have an air-powered spudgun. There are a lot of good designs out there. But I didn't want something massive and powerful.

Enter... the Tater-Tot Gun

... I started building pneumatic handguns. They are built from PVC plumbing, and powered by a bike pump. It has turned out to be more fun than you can beat with a stick.

The barrels are 1/2-inch PVC, so you can fire anything you can fit inside. Some of the ammo which has been fun so far...

  • Kleenex
  • Paper Towel with a tape shell
  • Paint Balls
  • Lots of paint balls (mortar?)
  • Duct Tape rolls
  • Short Wooden Dowels
  • Confetti
  • Ground Bloom firecrackers (unlit)
  • Popped Popcorn
  • ... and those little Paratrooper guys. :)
My favorite things to shoot are soft objects like paper towel. It keeps me from hurting myself, and I can use it indoors at almost any PSI. However, it is still dangerous to shoot at people or pets; even if you're just shooting kleenex.

Gun Designs

So, want to find out more about these airguns?

Read the theory page if you are new to airguns (explanations about how they work).

Or, skip straight to the gun designs:


There are different pictures on each page, but here are a few which didn't fit elsewhere:
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