Smokey The Bear Approved

The Shooter fire extinguisher makes all those years of Nerf gun practice worth while. Simply put it’s a light weight gun loaded with CO2 cartridges. There’s a laser guidance system to help you aim and an alarm button to let others know there’s a fire-a-comin! This has a coolness factor of 10 but how much do you wanna bet people would shoot these off just because it’s sadistically fun?

Designer: Eunjung Kim, Yangwoo Kim & Junyi Heo

89 Comments

  • fb says:

    is it cool? yeah
    is it ergonomically designed? i don’t know…
    but will it be easier than the traditional extinguisher? oh yeah.

  • zippyflounder says:

    Ok, lets think this trough a bit (i recomend it before firing up that marker/tablet) your going to lob little canisters of COMPRESSED GAS at the fire, where it will open up and smother the fire. There is a big problem here, note the gas is compressed, that means a KERBOOM when the canister ruptures this is NOT GOOD as it will just fling flaming bits all over the place thus spreading your fire not putting it out. Ok so you say “its got a smart opening and wont go KERBOOM, fine, so it dribbles out a little bit and does nothing, over heats and go’s KERBOOM. The reason that CO2 fire fighting gizmo’s have that big cone on them (and its not for the look) is to spread a blanket of the gass over the fire at low enough velocities to not spread it and to form that blanket. Ok school is out, just a hint before offering new solutions, look at the old ones and try to Gronk why they are that way.

    • Jon. says:

      If you actually look at the picture though, the rear end comes off, and I'm willing to bet you there is a narrower point on the back end of it, just like a miniature co2 canister, they're designed to release from a certain point if it gets too hot or the pressure builds. So, how about you think about it before you go and misspell words all over the place.

    • quizonn@yahoo.com says:

      It doesn't explode, dingbat. It needs to simply open on impact like a little egg.

    • quizonn@yahoo.com says:

      It doesn't explode, dingbat. It needs to simply open on impact like a little egg.

  • IphtashuFitz says:

    OK, say there’s a fire in the middle of a long hallway. You grab this thing from the wall and shoot. How do you know how far the pellets will fire? What’s to prevent the pellets from going long (past the fire) or short (in front of the fire). What do you do then? Run up to the fire, grab a pellet that missed, and fire again?

    • DustyButt says:

      If you bothered to look at the picture you’d see it has a collar dial to control range.

      • IphtashuFitz says:

        So I see a fire. In a panic I grab this thing and shoot a few rounds. They go long. Then I realize there’s this dial thingy on it. On the picture you can see it looks like settings for 6 meters, 10 meters, etc. So how far from the fire am I? I set it for 10 meters and shoot a couple more but they bounce off a chair or desk near the fire and go wide so I shoot a few more that go long. Then I set it for 6 meters but those don’t reach the fire, so I set the dial somewhere between 6 & 10 and try again. Get the picture?

        I’d trained with “regular” co2 and dry chemical fire extinguishers. If I see a real fire I’m much more comfortable grabbing one of them and approaching the fire to try to put it out. Even if I hadn’t trained with “old fashioned” fire extinguishers I’d feel a lot more comfortable using one of them over this thing since this puts on added pressure of having to be some sort of a marksman to use it correctly.

        • Gann says:

          They could have a temperature trigger to ‘detonate’ when they get close enough to a fire. Better yet, they should use a jet of the compressed co2 to propel/guide themselves to the heatsource before popping.

          • IphtashuFitz says:

            Interesting ideas, but I don’t think they’d be feasible. The problem with temperature triggers is they can be fragile and/or require time to trigger. The automatic sprinkler systems in most buildings operate by one of two methods. One type contains a small glass “pill” with liquid inside. The heat causes the liquid to rapidly expand, breaking the glass, allowing a spring-loaded valve to open. A glass-based system like that would likely be too fragile to shoot from a gun. The other approach is a piece of light metal in place of the glass pill that the heat from a fire would melt. The metal has to be in the proximity of high heat for a few seconds to melt, and that’s probably longer than the time one of these projectiles would be flying through a small fire (and assumes the person is able to accurately shoot it into the hottest part of the fire and not just an edge of the fire). As for self-guided pellets, they’d likely cost so much that only the wealthy could afford these sorts of things. The cost of adding a heat seeker (that doesn’t mistake a fire in a trashcan with a nearby halogen lamp) and guidance system to each pellet would likely be very expensive.

        • Daniel Craig Thompson says:

          It has a laser to measure distance on the bottom, like a veiw finder used today for hunting. Then you would just dial it to the distance it told you. This design may actually work, the only think that wasn't thought of it looks like is how exactly the capsules will work. But being an engineering student, sometime you just have to start testing things before you actually find something that works exactly for what you want.

    • iamntbatman says:

      …You should a second pellet. You haven’t played a lot of Quake, have you?

  • Shalin says:

    Fire extinguisher + grenade launcher = WOW, COOL, WATCH OUT!…

    I saw this and was amazed like a 12 year old being given a crazy, tricked out R/C dune buggy!

    This is a very interesting study on the purpose, use, and design of fire extinguishers.

    As a former (volunteer) firefighter, I would looove to be back at the fire station right now with news of this grenade launcher style extinguisher. There’s a few pros/cons to consider:

    PROS:
    *Waaay cool / aesthetically pleasing
    *clever design where you can use two hands to handle/steady the device
    *probably simple to “reload” and reuse

    CONS:
    *Marksmanship does not come standard (laser aiming only does soo much, kickback needs to be accounted for)
    *may be intimidating to use for many
    *may be too fun to use for many (waste of probably pricey CO2 bullets)
    *practice/training of using device may waste too many CO2 bullets
    *mass producing these things probably more inefficient than a standard extinguisher
    *power source may need to be replaced more often (I’m not sure how this thing is powered)
    *CO2 bullet rubber coating and pressurization is fine balance to not burst when launched and have an effective blast radius on impact

    Still – I think this may be great for a vehicle fire (car, RV, boat, etc.). It’s probably a poor idea for a kitchen fire, however.

    And I’d be remiss if I didn’t provide a link on “standard” fire extinguisher use:
    http://www.fire-extinguisher101.com/
    http://www.firepreventionweek.org/

    Best wishes,
    Shalin

  • Shiella says:

    Great concept. I think this one is more safe than the previous models. We don’t have to be closer with the fire.

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  • Semaj Cater says:

    This Is so cool, when well it be avaible

  • AHMUTFOAD says:

    How can I buy this??

  • kyle says:

    i had this idea myself while back, but i thought of more like an stinger or rpg with co2 instead of gunpowder, that way all you have to do is point it at the ground in the fire and watch it go kaboom.

    (i think that this might be a better way of doing it cause you can hit the hot spots of a fire quickly so that it looses alot of its umph but im not sure, can someone with expirience on fighting fires please enlighten me?)

    • Josh says:

      There is already a device similar to this, but is thrown into the fire,(similar to a grenade but without the bang) its called the FIT 5

  • hedsaw says:

    Anyone else thinking what a kid would do if they got their hands on one of these?

    It would be CO2 warfare!

  • Impact says:

    I don’t like the fact that you have to adjust the distance, just place a laserdistancemeter in it and there you go.

  • Patron says:

    Cor! I want to see these in a video-game! Then, if I was bad I could pop grenades in there instead; if I was good I could put out fires and knock out bad people with the pellets (rather than blowing them up).

    other than that, though, this design may be a bit infeasible (as the firefighters pointed out).

    doesn’t mean I don’t want one ;]

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  • Kyra says:

    Did Valve design this?

  • People would hit (or even worse, target) anything but the fire.

  • People would hit (or even worse, target) anything but the fire.

  • Jesse says:

    How are you going to fit compressed gas in a RUBBER shell? There MIGHT be enough gas in one of those shells to extinguish a match or a candle, but an actual fire? Maybe some day in the future when we have rubber that’s as strong as steel, this will be plausible. I do like the idea of tossing a C02 bomb into a fire, though. That part is sound.

  • Jesse says:

    How are you going to fit compressed gas in a RUBBER shell? There MIGHT be enough gas in one of those shells to extinguish a match or a candle, but an actual fire? Maybe some day in the future when we have rubber that’s as strong as steel, this will be plausible. I do like the idea of tossing a C02 bomb into a fire, though. That part is sound.

  • wally says:

    this is simply a bad idea that looks cool…

  • wally says:

    this is simply a bad idea that looks cool…

  • Moa says:

    Make one firing n2o, it's a nice form of crowd control, turning anger into mass giggles. I'd go to a riot!

  • Moa says:

    Make one firing n2o, it's a nice form of crowd control, turning anger into mass giggles. I'd go to a riot!

  • john says:

    Thought provoking? Yes.
    Feasible? sure.
    Practical? probably not.

  • john says:

    Thought provoking? Yes.
    Feasible? sure.
    Practical? probably not.

  • JD says:

    Interesting idea, but are people really that good at judging distance?

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  • Johnny says:

    Very cool design. I definitely know of a few kids (and firefighting adults) who would love to get their hands on something like this.

    As long as the accuracy is great this would help a lot. Although I do wonder if you’d be able to put other materials into the canisters. Water for example? Also how would these be inspected and have maintenance done on them?

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  • Ahmed says:

    I think if that will put to use all over the world, safety department will start to train their security personal and some of their employers to use and aim this new tool.

    I think it will be so effective cause it will end the fire from the ground up.

    The question is can firefighters use it on a bigger fires??

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