Adam Savage Recreates a Ping-Pong Shooter He Made is High School

In this fun “One Day Build,” Adam tells the story of a ping-pong gun that he made in high school, how it was the first build he got effusive compliments on, and how upset he was when all of the models he’d built in school got tossed in the trash (he was so upset, he even looked into suing the school).

Now, 38 years later, Adam tries to recreate the ping-pong gun that he made. Like the original, the firing mechanism is built on a mechanical grocery store pricing gun from the 1970s.

He talks about what a sense-memory the sound and action of the pricing machine evokes in him. As someone who worked a summer in a small grocery store and did a lot of pricing, I know exactly what he’s talking about. Positively Proustian.


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