Collapsible Pocket Crossbow

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I got bored one day in school so I took out some pens, scissors, and duct tape and did this in about an hour. This is the first crossbow I've seen that's collapsible.
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Step 1: Materials

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To build the crossbow, you need- Supplies- •3 Normal Disposable Pens with tubes •1 or more Pilot G2 ink cartridges (at least one empty) 1 is fine, the others are for ammo. •a couple of rubber bands- you only need one, but you need to see which one fits best. Tools- •Good Scissors (for cutting pen in half) •Hot Glue Gun (recommended)/Super Glue/Duct Tape •Small Scissors/Screwdriver/Drill (something to drill holes in the pen tube with)

Step 2: Cutting The Pens

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So first you need to dismantle all of the disposable pens, and just keep the tubes. You can keep the ink cartridges if you want to use them as ammo later. You are going to cut one of them in half in the middle. Then, take the empty Pilot G2 cartridge and cut it off right under the yellow goo. It gets everywhere so don't cut the part with the goo.

Step 3: Making The Ammo Track

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Take one of your pen tubes and cut it lengthwise down to about a centimeter from the end on both sides. SIDES not ends. Then cut away one side to open it to put in ammo.

Step 4: Drilling The Hole

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You are going to take the third (base) disposable pen tube and drill a hole in it wide enough to fit the cut piece of G2 cartridge. It has to be tight enough to hold it in place, but loose enough to pull it out when you want to collapse it. You can use a drill, scissors, a screwdriver or something else sharp.
jackcolt3164 months ago
how do you shoot it?
zephyr145 months ago
What leatherman do u have I wanna get the new wave do u think its a good idea?
daveemajor7 months ago
Can you make a video?
johnyboy1178 months ago
i got the same leatherman
RossTheGreat (author) 10 months ago
No I built this one at home the one I built at school I had to use only those folding scissors.
shotgunshane10 months ago
Wow your school lets you bring multi tools to school! I want to go there!
cdalton411 months ago
I love it awesome
RossTheGreat (author) 11 months ago
I just entered crossbow in Epilog Laser and I doubt I'm gonna win but I'd be freakin excited if I won runner-up.
RossTheGreat (author) 11 months ago
Dan seriously stop spamming comments.
sorry for spamming and being a Dan but top contest?
lol hiz
shut up
RossTheGreat (author) 11 months ago
Dan don't spam comments.
Ross wanna do try to win a contest tell me which one u want to do tomorrow
and u showed it to me so I should know
good job
hi Ross its me Ryan I MEAN DAN!
craftmachine11 months ago
I'm going to try that!
c3ralki1l3r11 months ago
If i didnt want it collapsible could i not use a g2 pen :P
nerfrocketeer12 months ago
Great job! Really clean and professional! Perfect for Nerf!

RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
dunnos- you have an amazing profile pic. C&H FTW!
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
I don't know how to upload videos. Instructable, anyone?
You can upload it to youtube and use the link to embed it in your instructable.

Nice pen!
dunnos dunnos12 months ago
crossbow* of course... heheh
Ringer163312 months ago
how far does it shoot? You should upload a video.
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
Also- StoryAddict- I'm gonna look at that double-crossbow...
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
Depends on the rubber band. I got around fifteen feet at an angle with a pretty weak one.
i used to make this kind of thing once(i built a self-reloading crossbow based on a museum exhibit i saw(pitt rivers oxford/ipswich natural history)) that is quite a neat design, compact and elegant.but what about power and range?
nish28sharma12 months ago
Recently used on my girlfriend sitting on the first bench in my math class
nish28sharma12 months ago
Recently used on my girlfriend sitting on the first bench in my math class
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
Would you believe me if I told you this was my first instructable?
GDADZGSONS12 months ago
Great job!
Mrdewdew12 months ago
Great! This looks awesome, cant wait to try it!
StoryAddict12 months ago
Great job! Can't wait to build my own. Now if only I could figure out how to build the double-crossbow Gretel wields in "Witch Hunters."
Robin32912 months ago
Your glasses case is cooler than mine D:
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
Thanks. This is what happens when I get bored after tests.
RossTheGreat (author) 12 months ago
Comments and reviews welcome!
ilpug12 months ago
This is one of the cleaner pen shooter builds on the site. Well presented, good directions and pictures, and the final product looks good, as opposed to most of the terrible ones I've seen.

Well done.

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