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New Nail Gun to Hit the Market?

comments (3) July 7th, 2009 in Blogs
Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, producer

Click To Enlarge Photo: David Wiggins

Alright, I'll be honest—I had absolutely no idea what to make of this photograph when I first saw it. Created by one "David Wiggins," this DeWalt-themed nail gun is said to be able to "drive a 6d nail through a 2x4 at 200 yards."

For those of you interested in "long distance building," however, this isn't what it seems. It's apparently nothing more than a cosmetic touch-up to a real firearm. Some folks simply have too much time on their hands. It raises a question regarding construction nomenclature, however. "Nail gun" or "pneumatic nailer?" The term "pneumatic nailer" has—as far as I can recall—never come out of my mouth. That said, it was recently pointed out to me that times are changing, and the pneumatic term is gaining in popularity. So, which do you prefer? Take the poll. 

For more information on real nail guns, have a look at our Tool Guide.

For more on the maintenance and proper use of pneumatic nailers, have a look at Framing With Nail Guns.


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Comments (3)

MikeGuertin MikeGuertin writes: I've written dozens of reviews and surveys of pneumatic, battery, gas combustion and powder actuated nailers and the biggest struggle is to resist using the term 'nail gun.' Magazine editors always want to use the term because it's how most people (pros and non-pros) refer to the tools. In the pro community, it's no big deal but once you get into the worlds of non-pros and litigation lawyers 'gun' becomes a problem. They just can't seem to separate what they see in movies from the real-world.

I make it a point to always use terms like "framing nailer", "finish nailer" rather than the awkward 'pneumatic nailer' when speaking and writing. Sometimes I have to insert 'pneumatic' or 'battery powered' or 'gas' to distinguish between the different types - but that's context specific.
Posted: 12:10 pm on July 11th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: EXCELLENT point!

On a side note - for one reason or another, I've never been able to get used to the sound produced by the fuel cell guns. They work quite well but the sound seems a bit "weasey" to me.

So then, the new term should be??
Posted: 9:05 am on July 9th

IamtheWalrus IamtheWalrus writes: why would "pneumatic gun" be gaining in poularity while nail guns that aren't technically pneumatic(electric,gas cylinder)are gaining ground?
Posted: 10:44 pm on July 8th

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