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Team Urban Siege Fall 2015 Plans

Many people have been asking us what our plans our this fall with regards to launching pumpkins. Our confirmed schedule is listed at the top of the home page. As noted there, the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin is NOT a distance competition this year. The field at Dover International Speedway is simply entirely too small. In fact, at this time we are not sure exactly WHAT, if any, competition it will be this year. There has been talk of a "call your distance" competition, with closest to their called distance winning, but this has not been finalized. There are also a number of distance competitions popping up around the US this fall, which will see attendance from a lot of the teams that normally compete in Delaware. We would be attending one of those if our schedules allowed, but unfortunately it doesn't look like that will happen.

So, what does this mean? It means that for yet another year, we will not see the full potential of NASAW realized. We had that near-perfect shot at the 2013 WCPC in Delaware, which was clearly mis-measured (a 300mph shot with a perfect trajectory does not travel a mere 1900-odd feet). But we will have to wait another year to see if we can break 1/2-mile or more. But that is just official distances! We will be testing and tuning throughout the fall, and while we likely won't be fully-loaded for any of these test/tune/demos, you can be assured we will still be launching far! NASAW is built to shoot 2000-foot and more, and we do our best to crack that barrier with each and every shot we take! Your first opportunity is this weekend at Wickham Farms. Stop on by Saturday and watch us shoot! We will likely also be at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY on October 18, as in previous years, but that is not confirmed yet. When it is, we will post it on the listing on the home page here. And of course we will be in Delaware (hopefully), shooting lots of pumpkins!

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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!