WILL YOU GIVE THIS BEER IDEA A SHOT?
Leif Johnston, a local technology consultant, was sitting around on Father’s Day this year with his family wondering, “What can we shoot?”
Skeet tends to be messy, and glancing at their recycling bin he got an idea that would take on a life as a second business: beer cans.
The family began shooting cans launched from a slingshot and immediately troubleshooting the idea. How do we make the cans heavier? How can the slingshot become portable?
Redneck Skeet, a truck-mounted slingshot to launch empty beer cans, was born out of the afternoon of shooting. Empty cans are filled with water to give them more weight and then launched.
While the flight of skeet disks or pigeons is predictable, Johnston said the cans, which are often dented, are less so and prove a harder shot.
One recent test resulted in a can being launched 275 feet at more than 80 mph.
Johnston thinks there’s a market for the product. He said that when he introduces Redneck Skeet to people, their initial reaction of, “Are you kidding?” soon becomes, “That’s awesome!”
“Everything about it is about having fun,” he said.
The components are all made locally. Johnston has a local person to create the tubing for the mountable slingshot and a seamstress builds the pouches, which are designed specifically to release a can.
He said it also works as a real-life “Angry Birds” slingshot, and can be used to topple stacks of beer cartons.
Johnston is currently seeking $10,000 in Kickstarter funds to get the initial stock built.
Once he sells 1,000 slingshots, Johnston wants to find a corporate partnership. The “Duck Dynasty” family would be ideal, he said.
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