Clothespin Match Gun

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Introduction: Clothespin Match Gun

A simple match gun from a clothespin.

Step 1: What You Need

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

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

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

Step 4: Assembly

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

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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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

I actually tried to light it and then shoot it, but the flame will just go out immediately. It will not catch the clothespin on fire if it is wood (that's the kind I used)

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

thats cool
it'd be even better if it lights when it shoots :)

Cool, I will defiantly make this.

I used Strike Any Where Matches :D

This is exact the same my dad taught me when I was a kid!
Fun to see that other people know it as well. :)

this is on youtube a vid like it and you can achally use it to shoot airsoft bebes instead of maches