Introduction: Exercise Your Second Amendment Rights With Lip Balm Gun

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This instructable will show you how to construct a less-than-lethal, easily concealed, personal defense weapon. The design's only drawbacks are that it is a single shot weapon and it has the killing power of a marshmallow dropped from the height of two feet. You might be suprised by how far it shoots though. You'll lose the projectile before you know it!

I first learned of this technique back in fourth grade and no assault on my person has gone unavenged since.

Step 1: Required Materials

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The first thing to do is get yourself some lip balm. In my experience, Chap Stick works the best but feel free to experiment.

Step 2: Dispose of Balm

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For this weapon, the one thing you don't need is the actual product. Chapped lips are a small price to pay for personal security.

It takes an extremely long time to use up an entire tube of Chap Stick. Pictured is a suggested procedure to speed things up a bit.

Step 3: Balm Advance Knob Becomes Trigger

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With your fingers, teeth or pliers, pull the balm advance knob back from the tube. It should just pop off. There is a plastic plunger on the end of that threaded shaft. If it came loose when you fully advanced the balm to bite it off, you can just push the plunger down a bit and screw it back in. Lefty tighty, righty loosey in this rare instance.

The shaft should be screwed into the plunger just a few turns in order to allow the maximum throw on the plunger.

Step 4: Locked and Loaded

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Pull the knob all the way back, put on the cap and you're ready to shoot! Protective eyewear is strongly suggested. Amber or yellow tint is always best for shooting.

Sharply strike the plunger with your free hand in the manner shown below. Pressure builds in the tube and forcefully blows the cap off the end. Watch your aim!

Always practice gun safety. You should never hand somebody a loaded gun. For this reason, if anybody ever hands you a chap stick with the cap still on, punch them in the face.

Step 5: Demonstration

Here is a video of the gun in action. How did that dog get downrange? BAD DOG!


golfer12345 (author)2007-03-02

i wander what it tastes like??????

Phyrkrakr (author)golfer123452007-03-10

like candle wax...i mean, how would i know?

minerug (author)Phyrkrakr2008-02-19

the pink chapstick tastes like weird strawberries

Jetmaster360 (author)minerug2015-11-10

What do weird strawberries taste like and where do I get some

golfer12345 (author)minerug2008-02-19


Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-11

...if anybody ever hands you a chap stick with the cap still on, punch them in the face. has the killing power of a marshmallow dropped from the height of two feet.

I first learned of this technique back in fourth grade and no assault on my person has gone unavenged since.

Chapped lips are a small price to pay for personal security.


Lol, 5/5 stars for making me smile!

used a extra large glue stick for this project. everyone who attacks me sooner or later ends up with a one inch perfect circle shaped bruise somewhere on their body.

extra large glue stick ;D


I'm making something similar to this out of PVC piping and an air compressor... probably a bad idea, but who cares?

Hahaha. That's neat. What will it shoot?

I hope you won't be shooting it at people or animals though-that could be dangerous (and possibly illegal!).

mettaurlover (author)2009-01-27

i didn't have any lip balm, so i used a super size glue stick. improved the seal on the plunger, oiled the lid connection, as well as the trigger shaft, thing sting like a brick at twenty miles per hour. don't ask why i know what that feels like.

How do you know what a brick at 20mph feels like?

why do you know how it feels like? shoot yourself?

no; my sister stole it and shot me.

hahahahahhaha, i never got to try it, i dont wana waste a tube so i gotta finish it off first
good for me because i USE it now, helps out my naturaly dry lips =)

aah... you ever try the gluestick method or the wonderful prank of replacing the inside part with low-powered explosives, attaching match heads to the shaft, and coating the inside of the tube with sandpaper? the results are hilarious! although a bit dangerous...

nope, sounds like im gunna do it now.....
if any1 gives me a dangerous idea, i usually end up doing it,
ex: a pocket sized deadly crossbow

TyMan210 (author)2009-05-18

I used some of the stick to make a better seal. It now has the killing power of a marshmallow dropped from the height of 3.5 feet!

Jetmaster360 (author)TyMan2102015-11-10

And what kind of killing power is that?

Slayerfan666 (author)2011-02-17

Mine tastes like wax and tingles, am I supposed to swallow it?

Um... I don't think so, no...

ThaAWESOMEducttapeguy (author)2011-06-05

Ya don't have ta eat it,DUH!

popcorn4lunch (author)2011-03-07

lol, ew :)

lycoris3 (author)2008-10-28

to add to the lethal thing, use toothpicks by drilling a hole in the cap and let 'er rip! havent tried it myself but i will in the near future. Beware little annoying bullies!!! revenge is coming to you!! oh, for having the toothpicks on right, you could use the twist thingy and carve a little dent in it to hold the toothpick better. Ahh, great minds think alike don't we?

absolute zero (author)lycoris32009-03-02

you mind?????? HELL NAW!!!!!!!!!jk

lycoris3 (author)absolute zero2010-06-14

wonderful! another weirdo like myself who thinks of such things as plotting!

pokerstud001 (author)2010-05-02

So...we're supposed to eat it?

Jacko13 (author)2009-12-03

wow...thats- uh... weird...

evilpyro (author)2009-11-27

the red one tastes the best but how should i know

ohyea (author)2008-12-21

what did it taste like?

Sandisk1duo (author)ohyea2009-07-05

like chapstick

softballchicky#7 (author)2009-04-12

Um........ Thats weird. I'm just going to break mine off now........ WOTHOUT my teeth, thank you.

R4Man18 (author)2008-09-30

You want to make it straight up lethal just get some 1 inch rigid (about 2 foot long strapped to your back or leg) and a nice 3 inch slug. Use pretty much the same method to strike the pin and u are set.

absolute zero (author)R4Man182009-03-02

or get a large stick an beat the **** out of ppls with it(my method)

gluless (author)2009-02-11

Lol..I'm new to instructables and this kind of instructable is just one example of why I LOVE THIS SITE!! Oh the memories of seventh grade science class and mayhem in the back of the room, lol. Hilarious i'ble! Thank you for the smiles.

Mr. Chips (author)2007-05-12

This is cool. It went farther with the water in it. Thanks

dezire (author)Mr. Chips2007-05-28

Just as a 'mod' to this Instructable,you could also use and Elmer Mini Glue Stick in substitute to a chap stick. ~DEZIRE @(>_<)@

shaclonts (author)dezire2007-11-30

i tried an elmers glue stick but it didn't work

mettaurlover (author)shaclonts2009-01-27

did you try an extra large 1-inch diameter glue stick?

geoffypi (author)2008-12-22

lol! but why amber glasses

mettaurlover (author)geoffypi2009-01-27

yeah, why? red provides better contrast.

Pancakeslayer (author)2008-12-07

i think my favorite part of this instructable was how serious the video was, a little unnecessary to have an empty thing of chap stick in your pocket that shoots about 10 feet, it seems that a thing with the chap stick could would be more handy, and i guess it could protect you from any microbial biological enemies

mashedpotato13 (author)2008-08-12

The taste depends on what flavor is the lipstick.

that 2nd step works for me, cuz i stole like 11 cahpsticks form school, and they taste like spearmint ftw! lolz

johndoe5595 (author)2008-03-28

I'm gonna try drilling a hole, putting the outside of a pen and sealing it into the hole. then filling it with bee-bees. hopefully it will work. if anyone would like to try it, tell me how it works. and great Instructable by the way, it's awesome.

iamthemargerineman (author)2008-03-15


Jr Hacking kid (author)2007-11-27

y dosent mine soot no more after 15 shots becuz we were playing around my house

death 927 (author)2007-11-17

it is a good hidden weapon for school utencle wars.

death 927 (author)2007-11-17

it fun to shoot at people and they go ow what the heck was that.

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