So, I stopped in at the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association‘s conference, to catch up with some folks and shoot some guns recently. The afternoon of shooting, hosted by the fabulous Ozark Shooters Sports Complex in Walnut Shade (just down the road from Evening Shade, really), also held another activity: a spudgun shoot to raise funds for the organization.
I’ve heard my sons talk about shooting spudguns; in fact, I used to act as range safety officer off our back deck for them (See photo below). Frat Boy brought home a spudgun once that he built and let Baby Boy shoot it off the deck into the woods of Possum Holler, behind our place.
But, I had never shot a spudgun, till this day. Mark McDowell, Head Spud Stuffer and Hair Sprayer, ran the show. You paid five dollars for two tater tries. You shot at a box located about, oh, 25 yards downrange.
Tater ammo has no set course after leaving the barrel. It can go right, go left, go up, go down.
The closest I witnessed anyone get a piece of potato close to the cardboard target box was Mark Thomas, of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. He said he’d never shot a tater at anything, either.
The spudgun, aka spudzooka, operates on air pressure and a propellant (such as hairspray) to launch the spud downrange.
I think most folks just build their own contraptions out of PVC. However, there is a Spudgun Technology Center online, the Internet’s “premiere website” for these types of devices. The “Stimulator” is on special, for $45.
What a great idea for a fundraiser at your shooting range. After all, you’re already employing safety measures, anyway. I wouldn’t recommend conducting a fundraiser of this type anywhere BUT a shooting range!