Potato Guns

December 12 2015

Potato Gun with Package

This item has been discontinued and is no longer for sale. If you have a great memory of it or would like us to bring it back, leave a comment on this post and let us know.

Memories of the Potato Gun

This is a classic novelty item with a package that can't be improved upon. It was in the first catalog we put out! We know because we tried and failed. While ecologically friendly, shooting wet potato all over your house results in a starchy mess! Perfect for playing Starchy and Hutch with your potato pals!

Gibson with Potato Gun
Original Potato Gun Description

Fantastic! Ingenious! Amazing! Place the tip of the barrel into a potato (or zucchini). Withdraw and fire! Shoots harmless spud pellets. Safe to use. Classic design, in full color box with complete instructions for use and care. This is the deluxe, boxed edition. Sorry, potato not included. 


Web Description
Although some historians theorize that the Irish potato famine was set into motion by the Potato Gun, this ballistic wonder was originally introduced in the Great Vegetable Wars of 1788. The soldiers of starch stuck the tip of the gun into a raw potato, broke off a small pellet, and pulled the trigger to fire the carbohydrate cannon. They were able to get hundreds of shots from a single potato, which gave them a definite edge in warfare. This red and black gun measures 6 1/2 inch and is made of durable plastic. Potato not included.
Potato Gun Showdown Archie McPhee
Potato Gun Showdown - Our Attempt to Sell Two Potato Guns at a Time
Spud Missle
Finally, there is a civilized way to settle conflict in the workplace. Give each employee a Potato Gun and let them work out their differences with an old-fashioned showdown! Each package holds two of the same high-quality 6 1/2" hard plastic spud guns that you know and love - one in the original red color and the other in a new bright blue.
Potato Gun in Potato


  • Denny : May 06, 2019
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    Why would you stop selling spud guns
    One of the most fascinating things in your store
    Please bring them back

  • Rob mcgibbon: September 04, 2018
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    I’m a extremely young 49er and I really need toys like this to remember my childhood.these so called guns were the toys my Mom told my brother and I we could shoot each other with.we also had the Star Trek guns with quarter size discs that were all over the place and jamming up the vacuum so those went missing.please bring them back.I’m tired of cracking myself in the head with my Yoyo in the head trying to shoot the Thanks

  • westomoon: February 09, 2018
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    I was just recommending spud guns to some friends of mine who need to defend their house in a non-injurious by attention-getting way. I’m crushed that you’ve discontinued them!

    My nephews’ lives would have been so much poorer without spud guns and punching nuns..

  • Suzanne Hall: November 21, 2017
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    I have been buying potato guns since your first catalogue. Do I need to buy more?!? This is a CLASSIC! Don’t make me put a hex on you….

  • potato gun enthusiest: July 13, 2017
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    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????WHY WOULD YOU STOP SELLING POTATO GUNS???????????

  • george: July 02, 2017
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    If you have a few lying around I would gladly take them off your hands.

    My mom got me a bunch of those and they are good things.

    Keep me in your thoughts, George

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