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


ratnator88 made it! (author)2008-06-13

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

xXLMCXx made it! (author)xXLMCXx2015-11-15

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)

johndoe5595 made it! (author)johndoe55952008-06-13

if u did that the whole gun would probably catch on fire seeing as it's a wood clothespin.

struckbyanarrow made it! (author)struckbyanarrow2009-08-14


srhadaham made it! (author)srhadaham2008-11-19

it would blow out when you fired

person% made it! (author)2012-12-13

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

james4 made it! (author)2012-06-27

Cool, I will defiantly make this.

âchâpman10 made it! (author)2011-12-04

I used Strike Any Where Matches :D

ondejens made it! (author)2011-07-21

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

kylekosan23 made it! (author)2011-07-11

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

Air_Assassin made it! (author)2011-02-05

I think you got that from mini weapons of mass descuction

SirNoodlehe made it! (author)2010-04-25

kool, thanks

knex_mepalm made it! (author)2010-02-17

 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!

CaseBoy made it! (author)2009-12-05

 i made 1 but I used "creatures of the sea manatee" or super tiny rubber bands for braces and it works amazing!!!!

JavaNut13 made it! (author)JavaNut132010-01-09

Now I know what to do with my massive pile of braces elastic bands!

sheepborg made it! (author)2009-09-21

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

sheepborg made it! (author)sheepborg2009-09-21

sorry, i meant to say "at the target"

xZCodmaNZx made it! (author)xZCodmaNZx2009-11-12


CameronSS made it! (author)2007-03-25

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.

CameronSS made it! (author)CameronSS2007-03-26

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.

legoman made it! (author)legoman2008-03-19

your dads works better:)

RedneckAsian made it! (author)RedneckAsian2009-10-28


CameronSS made it! (author)CameronSS2009-10-28
RedneckAsian made it! (author)RedneckAsian2009-11-03

I know what they are I just didn't know they could be fired out of these

arveasheim made it! (author)arveasheim2007-03-27

Nice gun. But the neatest thing with my gun is the loading. It is smooth and just lik a ordinary gun. Arve

CameronSS made it! (author)CameronSS2007-03-27

Actually, thet load exactly the same, they're just assembled differently.

Kaiven made it! (author)Kaiven2008-04-30

arveasheims is pull-back

paulm made it! (author)paulm2008-05-23

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

manmelvin made it! (author)manmelvin2007-05-03

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 made it! (author)arveasheim2007-05-04

The spring builds up pressure, you just have to release it ...

Kaiven made it! (author)Kaiven2008-04-30

you should post it :P

plasmaspy made it! (author)plasmaspy2008-03-07

lol i made the gun and sold few to my friends a couple days ago!

budmc77 made it! (author)budmc772008-01-02

how do u shoot this gun, cameron?

CameronSS made it! (author)CameronSS2008-01-02

See the trigger hanging down on the bottom? Pull it.

Jupitane made it! (author)2009-04-14

OMG that is flipping aweome.. i just made it!

mcxznbv made it! (author)mcxznbv2009-09-14

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

superhornt made it! (author)2009-08-29

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)

superhornt made it! (author)2009-08-28

I will try to make one soon- i think i can add a handle and maybe sights, too!

foxtrot4697 made it! (author)2009-07-03

saweet it worked

tailboy made it! (author)2009-06-15

i wonder what would happen if you lit the match then fired it!

poparoo4 made it! (author)poparoo42009-06-26

It would go out. Sorry to ruin your fun lol!

pikathebudgie1234 made it! (author)2008-12-28

my house is now 3 days old now i can shoot this at mrs.mongomery my school's guidance counsoler caus ei'm scared,afraid and shy of her!!!! gimme gimme gimme instructions!!!

junits15 made it! (author)junits152008-12-30

wait your guidance councelor live on the same street as you? me to! 0_o

pikathebudgie1234 made it! (author)pikathebudgie12342009-01-21

you got any weapons or any ideas???

RedneckAsian made it! (author)RedneckAsian2009-01-21

u should follow this life lesson when scared...BREAK OUT THE FRICKIN' FIRE ARROWS

1spartan95 made it! (author)1spartan952009-05-12

True that brotha!

Jupitane made it! (author)Jupitane2009-04-14

well said!

junits15 made it! (author)junits152009-01-22

SMOKE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!

Father Christmas made it! (author)Father Christmas2009-02-27

better yet, hollow out and egg, fill it with KNO3/Sugar mixture, stick a fuse and then egg the house with a smoke bomb egg thing.

Jupitane made it! (author)2009-04-16

I'm designing my own. =D

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