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Cardboard .357 Magnum Prop

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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!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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For the prop we will need:

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

Tools
Pliers
PVC Pipe Cutters
X-acto Knife
Scissors
Sandpaper
Cutting mat
White or wood glue

Step 2: Grip- Step 1

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First, we must make the grip, minus the cylinder.
Download the included jpg of the grip. Click on the i in the upper left of the image, select 'original size' and right click 'save image as' and save it to your computer. Then open the file and print onto cardstock for the best results to cut out the small parts.
Then make 3 cardboard copies of the whole grip.
Then cut down your template to just the grip grip. Make 2 of those.
Laminate them together in the order:
Grip grip---Whole grip---Whole grip---Whole grip---Grip grip.
Compress under a book or weight and let sit for several hours.
Sorry, no pictures, started documenting a little late ;(

Step 3: Grip- Step 2

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Once the grip is dry, cut out the hole on the template.
This will be the hole for the cylinder.
Then squeeze the fore and aft edges of the grip grip to round them.

Step 4: Barrel- Step 1

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Take apart the pen light by cutting off the non-light bulb end of the light.
Remove the innards and save them for a future project.
A pair of pliers my be necessary to coax the innards out.

Step 5: Barrel- Step 2

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Now, cut the pen light to 4.5".
Cut the straw to the same length, pick an end and plug it with cardboard and glue.
Cut a 1/4" gouge in the unplugged end.
Glue them together.
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that is a .44, but still that is a pretty good prop

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
http://science.howstuffworks.com/revolver2.htm
from this to this.jpgin, out.jpg

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

Thanks!

chloelynn6 months ago
Great instrucable, I didn't follow the instructions perfectly, but it came out awesome looking.
TheZer6 months 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
LvNo10001 year 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.
carlsands2 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
builder672 years ago
This is just awesome....
Spycrab4 years ago
wow! This would go great with a spy costume from tf2, just reverse the paint job :-D
dear santa
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab4 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.
gentlemen
Spycrab Spycrab4 years ago
also, i hope you win one of the prizes :D
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab4 years ago
Thanks for subscribing, thanks for the support, your project still excites me. Mentlegen.
junkfactory886 (author)  Spycrab4 years ago
You got blood on my suit. Excellent thinking.
Akask2 years ago
so should the "whole grip" that's in the middle only have the hammer, or do all three have it?
vjifcu3 years ago
Nice!
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
dommy3 years ago
Epic gun, but if your gonna carry it paint the end bit orange
Biggsy3 years ago
This is Brilliant welldone! Going to add this to my props group if you don't mind :D
Kirby13 years ago
Do you have to use a light pen or can you use a normal pen?:)
Kirby13 years ago
Why do you need to use a light pen? Does a normal pen work?
TruorFalse3 years ago
someone should download the pdf and email it too me. :)
NJL4JC3 years ago
Cool.
Data6433 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!"
mcxznbv4 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 mcxznbv3 years ago
yeah but he made a good looking model and it doesn't have to look 100% like a .357
Kaiven mcxznbv4 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 mcxznbv4 years ago
cardstock is an excellent building material
Kaiven aj01-014 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)  mcxznbv4 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.
chamster3 years ago
Can u shoot it?
Sithen chamster3 years ago
It's made of cardboard.... :D
KottonKandy4 years ago
AWSOME! *excuse me* BEYOND AWSOME! This is like DA BOMB. 5*s and a subscription for you!
mcxznbv4 years ago
how t oyou make hte indentations in the cylander? i cant make one if this isnt explained.
junkfactory886 (author)  mcxznbv4 years ago
The hexagonal tube structure is covered with the 3 1/2" sheet of cardstock, which had been nicked an inch in from where the space between the cylinder was marked on the aforementioned sheet of cardstock. Then, the slits are covered with six of the "Cylinder pieces" I put in the schematics.
ahh thanks heaps, I didnt notice the cylinder pieces
korvix4 years ago
thx alot for the guide
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