I am posting this instructable to show you what my friends and I have come up with so far with blowguns and darts. We could really use some help, so if you have any ideas, feel free to post a comment OR personally message either Higgs Boson or me, freeza36. This instructable is a collabaration.
The problem is that no matter what we (my friends and I) do, our blowgun’s effective range is only around 40 feet absolute maximum. We need to look into all of the variables that may affect the blowgun’s distance and accuracy. I have found that a longer pipe will improve accuracy, but there is a point where it is just simply too long and is hard to use.
Step 1: The Blowguns Themselves
All of the ones that I use now are between 2 and 3 feet. The three foot blowgun is harder to transport than the two foot already, and many instructables call for a 4 foot or more piece of pipe. Will metal work better than pcv? Please comment.
Step 2: Nail Darts
These darts consist of a paper cone with a nail protruding out of the end. Small nails work the best. We do not, I repeat DO NOT, use these against people, and these have the best accuracy and distance of any dart that we have thought of so far. Use tape to secure the nail.
Step 3: Paperclip Stun Darts
These darts are constructed in the same way as nail darts, but they have a bent over paperclip instead of a nail for the tip. These are what we currently use in blowgun fights. The effective range is a maximum of 10 feet. They spiral out all the time.
Step 4: Wire Stun Darts
These darts are just like the paperclip darts, but they use a bent piece of coat-hanger wire as the tip. They hit harder, and leave welts. We prefer not to use these. The effective range is around 25 feet. They hurt. Alot.
Step 5: Plain ol' Paper Cones
Paper cones alone are not good darts at all. They spin out at about 2 feet, and are just plain horrible to use. The first darts we learned to make were these. The longer the cone the better. Good luck with these.....
Step 6: Marshmallow Darts
These darts are just plain paper darts with a stale mini marshmallow stuffed into the end. They work surprisingly well, and can shoot accurately (with luck and skill) about 35 feet. Another problem is that we ran out of marshmallows, and if they are too stale, they don't work.
Step 7: Reverse Screw Darts (aka Mr. Sniffles)
These darts are just what they sound like. Cut the tip off of a paper cone, and screw a screw in so that the flat part (the head) is on the tip of the dart. Use small screws, like you find holding together toys and such. If you use a full size screw, you are gonna get hit in the face and it is going to hurt. I hit my friend (Higgs Boson on instructables) in the face with one, which I nicknamed Mr. Sniffles. Leave a comment asking if it felt good. hahaha evil laugh.... (i did not have any small screws readily available. the only one pictured in the cone is a full sized screw)
Step 8: Nut Darts
To make this dart, take a paper cone and use a hot glue gun to fasten a nut around the tip of the dart. These do not have the tip needed to go into stuff, so they rely on blunt force.
Step 9: Special Darts
These darts take forever to make, and each one is unique. They can be made from old pens, sharpies, pvc, wood, or practically anything else. My friend and I tried using these for a while, but each one is different, and most are too heavy to fly long distance or be accurate at all. We also used old dartboard darts. Most of these special darts had nails in them also. Some of hese worked, and some didn't. The reason why we stopped using these is because m tend to lose darts fast, and these take a long time to produce, plus you have very limited materials. We made many more than just what are pictured, but im not sure where they are.
Step 10: Help!
Ok so Higgs, me, and our friend don't know how to improve this more. Please leave a comment or send a personal message to either Higgs Boson or I if you have an idea, question, or a comment. Thanks!