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I have seen many designs for carapults could one be made for airsoft?
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What the hell is a "carapult"?
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A device designed to launch automobiles great distances.
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That is correct. The United States Federal Government has allocated billions of dollars funding alternative fuel research. As to date, the most efficient method of powering a car is the theoretical "carapult". It has absolutly zero CO or CO2 emisions, unless the opperator has been eating Skyline.
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I'd like to see the child safety seat for that one...
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I'd like to see the child safety seat for that one...
Lol, safety? since when?
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The only thing catapults are good for are hurling poultry, bovine, trojan rabits, and other silly things in order to taunt the English.
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I don't see how a catapult could be a good, efficient weapon for airsoft. I mean, what would you use to catapult? Not BBs, that doesn't leave you with much. If I have to use some sort of ground weapon, I think i'll stick with a mortar.
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i dont know it was just an idea
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I BLOW MY NOSE AT YOU, YOU ENGLISHH SSSGGGNIICKET, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberrys! now go away or i will taunt you a second time! LOL

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Instead of spending your R+D fund designing a catapult, devise an airsoft rail-gun.
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Perhaps, if we build a giant wooden badger.
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I BLOW MY NOSE AT YOU, YOU ENGLISHH SSSGGGNIICKET, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberrys! now go away or i will taunt you a second time! LOL

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Seeing as everyone here loves monty python has anyone ever seen the broadway play that is based on it called Spamalot?
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I'm sure most of us can think of several airsoft guns they'd like to catapult.
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I don't see how a catapult could be a good, efficient weapon for airsoft. I mean, what would you use to catapult? Not BBs, that doesn't leave you with much. If I have to use some sort of ground weapon, I think i'll stick with a mortar.
Why *not* BBs? Lob 1,000 BBs on a high arc, and call it a cluster-bomb.
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Is it the visual appearance of the launcher in question that you're objecting to, or the means of launching?

If you're objecting to the latter, then I can only assume you object just as much to AEGs, so I'll assume it's the former, and since I've seen regular mention of nerf footballs being used as tank or artillery rounds, it seems like an odd distinction to draw.

The visual appearance can be disguised in any number of ways (depending of course on the type of catapult used) to make it look like field artillery, a missile launcher, or something else mil-sim-ish.

The catastrophic-failure modes of catapults are much less likely to induce shrapnel than the catastrophic-failure modes of equivalent air-cannons. They're also easier, and cheaper to build, and don't fall afoul of most laws designed to reduce/eliminate 'spud-gun' incidents/injuries.

Tossing 1000 .2g BBs (less than .5 pounds) in a sabot round 100-300 yards in a high arc would be pretty easy with a torsion/traction/gravity catapult that can be built in a garage, and transported in a pick-up. A ballista (probably the easiest to disguise as modern equipment) can even be created with a stand marked with multiple angles of elevation and draw lengths, enabling accurate fire from those distances, just do a couple calibration shots before play actually starts, and you can call in artillery fire, potentially even with the 'artillery pieces' sitting outside the actual play area, much like *real* artillery is typically kept out of the actual battle-zone.

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The content of this thread makes me go "WEEEEE".

Lobbing BB's with a catapult is pointless. It'd be completely innacurate. Not to mention, most places we play in are wooded areas. All this talk of catapults and air strikes...they won't work. If we're in a wooded area, the BB's will hit the tree-tops before even going into the air. Then they have to get back down in through the tree-tops By that time, the BB's on target will be a considerably minimal ammount compared to 1,000. Probably around 200; 20% of the BB's launched. And in open areas like the field at springfield, wind will affect them, and probably quite a bit.

BB's aren't extremely cheap, either. There are more efficient and effective ways of using them. Save up your money and get a smoke 'nade.

We might as well throw BB's, in my opinion.

EDIT:....Who in the world would want to transport a ballista?
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I don't know about the BBs aren't all that cheap comment. Can anybody think of a better use for the .12g Walmart BBs? That'd come out to about $2 a shot or less. Cheap enough to make it potentially interesting in an open-area game.

The trees are the real issue when playing in a woodland setting, but most of the BBs would still hit the ground unless you're talking so much top-cover that you can't see the sun.

As for the spread, it'd really come down to the design of the sabot. Nerf folks use sabot rounds to do similar things, and I've seen some of them do pretty accurate targeting, and their ammo is even more effected by wind than ours.

I'm not saying it wouldn't take some serious experimentation, but I'm not convinced it couldn't be done.

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I know a few people who *do* transport a ballista on a fairly regular basis. They don't have to be *big* to be effective. Something that fits in a pick-up bed can throw a 1 pound combat round upwards of 300 feet. These people have maximum ranges they can shoot due to safety regulations, so these aren't built for maximum power.

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