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Do you photography? And do you love firearms? Well, here's a project that combines both of your hobbies! (sort of)

Here's a cheap and easy instructable that would you stabilize your camera with the help of a buttstock to help you with low light photography!
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Step 1: Tool and materials

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- Ruler or any other measuring device
- Metal file
- Hack saw
- Drill
- Drill Bits


- A tripod ( The tripod WILL BE UNUSABLE after this project. So use one that is broken or one that you don't mind giving up for this project)
- PVC pipe with the external diameter of 27mm
- Butt stock ( I'm using a Magpul one here. You don't have to get the real one, just get a replica from an air soft shop. )
- Screws
 = 5 X Countersunk screw ( Be sure that the head of the screw is smaller then 8mm )
 = 2 X Round head screw

Step 2: Dissecting the tripod

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Step 1

Using the hacksaw, saw off the entire length of the thinnest tripod leg. Be sure to have at least 24cm or more. ( I removed the whole entire lengeth. You can do your own adjustments if you like yours to be longer)

Step 2

Remove the camera mount. 

Step 3: Drilling Time!

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Follow the dimensions given and use you drill and add a few holes into the tripod leg.

Take note that the tripod leg is rather flimsy. so if you do not want to press to hard on the drill. I used smaller drill bits to make pilot holes so that the drill does not run about and it also lessens the pressure needed for the bit to cut.

After drilling, screw in the counter sunk screws in to the bar on to the PVC pipe. You do not need to drill the pipe as it's easy for the screw to penetrate the pipe and it also gives a tighter hold.

Take the shot! Shoot! Shoot! I love guerrilla photography.
Wow great idea. Thank you
arpoky2 years ago
LOL JK. This is a great idea.
wbsbadboy2 years ago
It looks like the sighting aperture is a bit off to the right. Doesnt that make it a bit uncomfortable to sight streight through it?
Just my thoughts, but wouldnt it be easier (and save the tripod mount) if you used a 1/4" bolt with some washers and a nut to tighten with up through the PVC and just mount the camera to that?
I agree with BLEVINE. You do have good taste in equipment.
flammingfart (author)  wbsbadboy2 years ago
Hi Smitty!, yeah the mount is offset a little to the right but that can be easily fixed by adding a few nuts in between the pipe and the camera mount shifting it to the left a little and the reason i used the mount is so that i can tilt the camera 90 degrees to the left using the mount if i ever need to. Many thanks for taking a look! :D
evo8032 years ago
There is a commercially available item called " Bushawk" it has been made for years and has a buit in trigger. I have used and seen one and they work very well for in flight shots with 300mm f2.8 lenses and bigger. I have little concern that these would be seen as a firearm .
Silence2 years ago
Gives a new meaning to "shooting" some pics :P
I've got a spare nerf stock around here somewhere... hmmmm
nsavaria2 years ago
Trigger mod is next right
gdawgtuk2 years ago
I would suggest not trying to take an actual photograph of the president with that gun stock camera. I would have serious worries about someone actually being shot out of misunderstanding...
imrobot2 years ago
Hook up a Camera Remote and you could build a trigger!
Boomer12 years ago
I read about this years ago in a Hardy Boys book. But I've never seen anyone actually make one. Great looking job.
DootGat2 years ago
so ....a nikon f ... with an L lens .....you sir have very good taste
M3G2 years ago
Nice! I was trying to figure out how to make something like this, thanks for posting!
glitch882 years ago
great idea ! i would attach a broomstick to the lens, and a grip to the bottom with shutter switch/trigger. don't go too far though, if it's too tactical it might start killing people on it's own
flammingfart (author)  glitch882 years ago
PEW PEW PEW!!!.... *shutter click* :D
wlshafor2 years ago
Great tutorial!
flammingfart (author)  wlshafor2 years ago
Many thanks!