When I was fourteen I became an arms dealer, of sorts
PROMPT #5: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
When I was fourteen I became an arms dealer, of sorts.
While other kids played video games, I inadvertently started a business. It began when my overprotective mother refused to let me and my brother have the Nerf guns that were so popular at the time. After much “discussion,” I finally convinced my mother get me the foam dart gun I longed for.
Unfortunately, as anyone who has picked up a Nerf gun can tell you, they are disappointing because they are horribly underpowered. But disappointment can be the mother of invention. Unbeknownst to me, the eleven-dollar toy gun that hardly shot across my room would inspire my love of designing, building, and ultimately selling my creations.
It didn't take long until I was wielding a screwdriver, tearing apart the shell of the frustrating little toy. I soon discovered why my plastic gun was so lackluster. The internal plunger-like piston was configured with dead space that wasted the vast majority of the tiny gun’s potential force: the plunger was not optimized for the barrel. My motivation became to improve the gun’s design. Using the basic volume and pressure formulas that I researched on the Internet, I was able to lengthen the plunger stroke for maximum compression, which, after a bit...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1751 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10813 literature essays, 2704 sample college application essays, 672 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in