Dubbed “The Most Dangerous Object In the Office” by Wired magazine, the Pocket Artillery Mini Cannon lived up to expectations against plastic cups, pieces of cardboard and any lilliput unfortunate enough to walk through the crossfire on the 30th parallel of the office during the great Battle of Java Bean.
The Little Rock-based Pocket Artillery makes cannons out of “surgical grade” stainless steel with a base of aircraft grade aluminum alloy. The CNC machined, muzzle loading, black powder cannon is simple enough to use. Just insert the fuse, pour in the powder, push in the BB and anyone have a light?
The Pocket Artillery Mini Cannons are available in red, blue, silver and black. (Photo: Pocket Artillery)
For maximum entertainment, the Mini Cannon needs black powder, a handful of BBs or .177 pellets, and a fuse 1/16-inch or 2mm in diameter. While I’m no expert in handloading or artillery, I had to resort to guesstimating the appropriate amount of powder needed to send the projectile hurling toward my coworker’s desk across the hall.
In my first attempt I used too much powder, which resulted in failure. The fuse burned, but did not ignite the powder because there was not enough air to support ignition — I think. My second attempt was ideal. The power behind the BB launched it out of the cannon after an exciting POW!
The Pocket Artillery Mini Cannon costs $29 plus shipping and is available at PocketArtillery.com.
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