is Backyard Ballistics?
a new book by engineer William Gurstelle.
Ordinary folks can construct
13 awesome ballistic devices in their
garage or basement workshops using
inexpensive household or hardware
store materials and this step-by-step
Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs
show how to build projects ranging
from the simple match-powered rocket
to the more complex scale model, table-top
catapult to the offbeat tennis ball
cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety,
the book also gives tips on troubleshooting,
explains the physics behind the projects,
and profiles scientists and extraordinary
experimenters such as Alfred Nobel,
Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton.
book will be indispensable for the
legions of backyard toy-rocket
launchers and fireworks fanatics
wish every day was the fourth of July.
All information is
presented without any guarantee
of safety, usability, or
appropriateness for any purpose.
Use of the ideas and information
in Backyard Ballistics and
this website is strictly
at the risk of the user.
Again, the materials
and projects could be considered
dangerous and all projects
and information are presented
strictly for informational
purposes. Use solely at your
What people are saying:
El Segundo, CA / March
Things that go "Boom" in
the Night! What a wonderful
boys book—boys from
9 to 90 will get a bang
out of these projects…Read
from Appleton, WI / January
KaBOOM!!! This is a
great resource book for
pyromaniacs who want to
expand their horizons…Read