email@example.com (T.) wrote in message
That depends on a number of factors. It is entriely possible to
penetrate the skin with a BB-Gun, especially one you made yourself.
But I expect you'll be careful. An option used by a friend was
a real gun with plastic bullets that had only a primer, no
powder. Evidently they were inteded for indoor target practice
vs paper targets.
On 13 Dec 2003 09:01:53 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Fred the Red
I've done a lot of basement target shooting with my .38 and
primer-powered wax "bullets".
I just drill out the primer hole larer than normal (and these cases
are NEVER to be used with powder again!), seat a primer, then press
the open mouth of the case into about 1/2 inch of wax.
I get pretty good accuracy out to about 25 feet, and the barrel
self-cleans the next time you fire a regular round through it, though
you want to check for "duds" possibly obstructing the barrell after
each basement session is over.
Collect the wax bullets, melt 'em down, and use 'em again.
Please remove the spamtrap to email me.
The question isn't "are there weapons of mass destruction?",
the question is "who has them now?"
I used to have a BB machine gun many years ago. It was butt simple
with only 1 moving part and used a can of R12 for the power source.
The mfg did offer an adapter to use compressed air but in the '70's
R12 was cheap and you didn't need any steenkin' hose.
The thing worked quite well and never jammed. It would spew
BBs at about 4-5 per second rate and had a range of about 50'.
The range would drop off quickly during a long burst as the R12
can got cold and its pressure dropped. This shouldn't be an issue
with a pressurized air feed and the range could be greater depending
on how high a pressure you design the thing for.
The core unit was basically a hollow chamber that could take x lbs
of pressure and had 3 ports.
1. The BB fill port with a screw on cap.
2. The BB exit port, a tube attached at the top which channeled
the BB's to the barrel. There was a slight funnel shaped entrance
to this tube, the widest part was small enough that 2 BBs would
3. The freon/air entry. This was a dip tube which extended to the
bottom of the chamber.
In operation the entering gas from the dip tube stirred up the BB's
into a cloud and they then entered the exit tube. The trigger was
connected to a valve on the gas feed tube.
This should be enough info to get your creative juices flowing.
Hope this helps.
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