Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Town Monday: Second Amendment


Second Amendment is the biggest, baddest punkin chunkin gun... and it's part of Livingston County.

The gun was constructed by S & G Erectors in Howell Michigan. The crew is from Howell, Lakeland, Whitmore Lake as well as other places both in and out of Michigan. The gun shoots little hard punkins. Second Amendment won the World Championship in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

I have actually driven by when the Second Amendment was in a local field shooting. Unfortunately, I couldn't stop and stare... I mean, watch.

What is punkin chunkin? The goal is to hurl a little hard pumpkin as far as possible by mechanical means. Those means include slingshots, trebuchets, catapults and pneumatic air cannons like the Second Amendment. The punkins for competition are specially grown and aren't any good for eating.

Travis Erwin is still displaced after a fire took out his entire house, but the My Town Monday torch is being held aloft over at e-Cuneiform scratchings. Check out some other places.

9 comments:

Sepiru Chris said...

Wow.

Holy howitzers, Batman!

And we need to protect the second amendment? From who?

Bo Fexler, I knew PIs routinely packed heat, but this beasty is extreme. I bet this does not just throw pumpkins, but that it makes pumpkin pie.

Clair,

I have you up. Thanks for contributing your MTM to the world.

To fully spread credit as far as it can be spread (useful I think in a credit crunch), I note that Junosmom of Lifetime Learnings is also helping support Travis' project whilst he is temporarily not available.

Tschuess,
Chris

Mary said...

They have contests in our state each fall where different high schools build similar contraptions to see whose machine will toss their pumpkin the farthest.

Mary

Barrie said...

"The pumpkins for competition are specially grown..."
How interesting!

debra said...

There is a town not far from mine that holds pumpkin tossing contests. Last year someone had a concussion after being hit in the head vy a flying pumpkin!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Sure isn't there for its good looks.

Sepiru Chris said...

Bo (and amanuensis Clair),

I finally remembered what this reminded of. Meccano erector sets when I was a kid.

I look forward to your next MTM, Bo.

Tschuess,
Chris

Travis Erwin said...

Those punkin chunkers have always intrigued me.

Clair Dickson said...

Thanks all for coming by. One of the fun things about MTM is the research I get to do. I don't know everything about my county... and I didn't know the punkin chunkin punkins were specially grown either. =)

Barbara Martin said...

This is completely new to me. I have never heard of such a machine or activity.