Picture of Cardboard .357 Magnum Prop
For your next showdown, short film, play or other production wow your friends and colleagues with a fancy-pants prop on the cheap!

Use unorthodox methods and found materials to create a surprisingly realistic replica of a powerful weapon: The Colt Python!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
For the prop we will need:

McDonalds Straw (type important)
Pen Light
Spray Paint
Baking/ Grilling Skewers
Balsa 1/16"

PVC Pipe Cutters
X-acto Knife
Cutting mat
White or wood glue
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Zappzipper made it!9 months ago

this was it so far ill post it on my profile when im done

I already made the frame and the cylinder but I don't know how to make the cylinder to roll over. Can you explain it ?

Oh yeah and if you want to make a working hammer and trigger check this out
from this to this.jpgin, out.jpg

sure look at the last part use a pen or a dowel

Can you explain better how you did this? I looked on the page, but couldn't figure it out...


Zappzipper9 months ago

omg thanks dude ima post pics later but hey message me if you ever wanna team up i kinda had a few diffrent ideas on mine if its ok with you?

Awesome. instructables. it's shining like steel.

that is a .44, but still that is a pretty good prop

chloelynn1 year ago
Great instrucable, I didn't follow the instructions perfectly, but it came out awesome looking.
TheZer1 year ago

I followed the link that 2pac posted and these instructions and it turned out great! And I plated it with tin-foil and nickel instead of spray-paint and to add some weight, it looks just like a Colt king cobra. Thanks for posting this! It really helped!

I know a guy with a real one
LvNo10002 years ago
Awesome looking prop; I'd love to build it sometime. I was very impressed with the compact and descriptive intro opposed to the normal intro which doesn't say what you will use it for and/or what the building of the project will be like.
carlsands3 years ago
gentlemen... this reminds me of the revover for the spy in tf2
good job on the scematics and the build it was clear and understand able 100 out of 10
builder673 years ago
This is just awesome....
Spycrab5 years ago
wow! This would go great with a spy costume from tf2, just reverse the paint job :-D
dear santa
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab5 years ago
Oslo; I suggest that you add an extra inch to the barrel and take the finger notches out of the grip. Your project excites me.
thanks, i'm getting to work right now probably going to make a few modifications like you say, but essentially the same thing.
Spycrab Spycrab5 years ago
also, i hope you win one of the prizes :D
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab5 years ago
Thanks for subscribing, thanks for the support, your project still excites me. Mentlegen.
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab5 years ago
You got blood on my suit. Excellent thinking.
Akask4 years ago
so should the "whole grip" that's in the middle only have the hammer, or do all three have it?
vjifcu4 years ago
I followed your instructions, and it turned out AWESOME!
I used cardboard for almost everything because I didn't have any balsa wood, I just used a regular pen and a dollar store pack of straws for the tube thingy the bullet comes out of =D. I used silver duct tape for the silver parts of the gun and I stretched a black balloon over the grip to make it be black, because I had no spray paint. I also used tape instead of glue just about everywhere. I just love how interchangeable the required parts were! Good job to you sir, and I look forward to using this gun as a prop in my next spy movie! =D
dommy4 years ago
Epic gun, but if your gonna carry it paint the end bit orange
Biggsy4 years ago
This is Brilliant welldone! Going to add this to my props group if you don't mind :D
Kirby14 years ago
Do you have to use a light pen or can you use a normal pen?:)
Kirby14 years ago
Why do you need to use a light pen? Does a normal pen work?
TruorFalse4 years ago
someone should download the pdf and email it too me. :)
NJL4JC4 years ago
Data6434 years ago
I love the Mythbusters where they see if the muzzle blast from this gun can cut off your finger. Confirmed : )
First thing i thought when i saw this was "ZOmg! that reminds me of the 357. for Half-Life 2!"
mcxznbv5 years ago
There are too many flaws in your design. the grip is much too small. the plan for the cylander is too flawe. the holke for the cylander must be cut before the layers are glued together, or it will rip, like mine. the parrern is too complex. and cardstock is not a good building material. please consider re-writing the instructions, they are confusing, and do not cover everything.
rorpen mcxznbv4 years ago
yeah but he made a good looking model and it doesn't have to look 100% like a .357
Kaiven mcxznbv5 years ago
I think the instructions were fine! In fact, I made my own version of this based mostly off of the Instructable... http://www.instructables.com/id/Colt-Python-357-Magnum-Model/
aj01-01 mcxznbv5 years ago
cardstock is an excellent building material
Kaiven aj01-015 years ago
Yes, yes it is. I used some on my newest model and it is AMAZING when you use it with wood glue.
junkfactory886 (author)  mcxznbv5 years ago
Well. If you would please compile a list of your complaints, personal message them to me and I will try to address them in a future edit.
chamster4 years ago
Can u shoot it?
Sithen chamster4 years ago
It's made of cardboard.... :D
KottonKandy5 years ago
AWSOME! *excuse me* BEYOND AWSOME! This is like DA BOMB. 5*s and a subscription for you!
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