A simple match gun from a clothespin.
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Step 1: What you need

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This small guide will show you how to make the simplest and most elegant clothespin match gun ever!

What you need:
1: Clothespin
2: Rubber band

Tool: Knife

Step 2: The first cut

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Cut away a small part. I like to just cut a small notch on each side and then break and trim with a knife.

Step 3: The second and last cut

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The rounded cut originally for the spring must be "squared."

Step 4: Assembly

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Mount the spring as first image show. Sorry about the focus.
Then attach the other part with the rubber band.

Step 5: Loading and safety

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You load by lifting the top, small part over the spring and push it forward until the spring is caught in the notch. Then just press the top part backwards and the gun is ready when a match is mounted.

Remember to wear protective eyewear just like the contributor!

Step 6: Video

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person%2 years ago
thats cool
it'd be even better if it lights when it shoots :)
james43 years ago
Cool, I will defiantly make this.
I used Strike Any Where Matches :D
ondejens4 years ago
This is exact the same my dad taught me when I was a kid!
Fun to see that other people know it as well. :)
kylekosan234 years ago
this is on youtube a vid like it and you can achally use it to shoot airsoft bebes instead of maches
I think you got that from mini weapons of mass descuction
SirNoodlehe5 years ago
kool, thanks
knex_mepalm5 years ago
 I put one of those match lighter things for safety matches under it and when it shot it shot a flaming ball...awesome...definetly..making another one tomorrow!
CaseBoy5 years ago
 i made 1 but I used "creatures of the sea manatee" or super tiny rubber bands for braces and it works amazing!!!!
Now I know what to do with my massive pile of braces elastic bands!
sheepborg5 years ago
I made one that was almost exactly the same... I used some strike anywhere matches and put it in the opposite way and it flings a now flaming match ant people! :D
sorry, i meant to say "at the target"
CameronSS8 years ago
My dad used to make these when he was in school. Yes, when he was IN school. He said that he used the Strike Anywhere matches, and that they would occasionally light themselves on impact with concrete.
I lied...I talked to my Dad, and he said that you managed to circumvent his copyright. He did it the other way, and by using a Strike Anywhere match, the impact of the spring would light it. He also sold them to classmates, who then shot soybeans at his teacher (they where all farm kids). He really shouldn't tell me these things.
your dads works better:)
I know what they are I just didn't know they could be fired out of these

arveasheim (author)  CameronSS8 years ago
Nice gun. But the neatest thing with my gun is the loading. It is smooth and just lik a ordinary gun. Arve
Actually, thet load exactly the same, they're just assembled differently.
arveasheims is pull-back
paulm Kaiven7 years ago
the advantage of cameronSS's gun is that it holds the match quite well and makes full contact with the head of the strike anywhere match = perfect result
does the trigger/spring build up pressure agaist the rounded part where the spring coil went or do you have to just pull the trigger really fast?
arveasheim (author)  manmelvin8 years ago
The spring builds up pressure, you just have to release it ...
you should post it :P
lol i made the gun and sold few to my friends a couple days ago!
how do u shoot this gun, cameron?
See the trigger hanging down on the bottom? Pull it.
Jupitane6 years ago
OMG that is flipping aweome.. i just made it!
holy shoot really? that is frickin amazing but besides, i made my own, it is kinda hard to get it t work. im sure it will come with time
superhornt5 years ago
i made 2 today- they are awsome! these are way better than penguns that shoot the same ammo- homemade bb's(glops of hat glue or anything else I can use for pellets) i managed to add a handle, but i can't get any sights. (the top would make any sights useless) these are perfect for the classroom- small,yet with a good range(around 5-10 ft). also, they are just strog enough to annoy people and not hurt them(don't want to get suspended for hurting someone)
superhornt5 years ago
I will try to make one soon- i think i can add a handle and maybe sights, too!
ratnator887 years ago
hmmmm good instructable but i have an idea instead of using strike anywhere matches why dont you just light the match on fire and then shoot it. it should work shouldnt it
if u did that the whole gun would probably catch on fire seeing as it's a wood clothespin.
it would blow out when you fired
foxtrot46976 years ago
saweet it worked
tailboy6 years ago
i wonder what would happen if you lit the match then fired it!
It would go out. Sorry to ruin your fun lol!
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