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I've always had an underlying interest in pneumatic air powered devices. It started with blowguns, but I eventually graduated to a higher performance airgun. Ever since then I've been developing new and exciting air powered devices that are unique and fun to mess around with.

Before we start, I'd like to explain some safety issues here. Number one: don't shoot anything at anyone or anything living. I don't use any of these devices in terrorist acts, nor to threaten or harm any organic life form or anybody's property. All shooting should be done in a controlled environment. Better yet, don't shoot at anything. Just make whatever and stare at it. Or don't make it at all. Yeah, this is actually all informational. Nothing here actually exists. Computer animation and men in suits. That's what I'll tell 'em!

Many of these darts were designed because I sought to break out of your traditional nail dart, explosive dart, etc. I want to show the other people who share my interests that a little bit of ingenuity can prove really awesome if put to the right use. So sit back and grab a drink, there's a lot of really, really cool stuff to read through here.

Let's start with my airgun. It's cheap, easily made, modded and added to. I use standard 1/2" PVC. No use for expensive and harder to get high-pressure stuff when you're only shooting at 20psi. I do NOT want to hear crap about my non-pressure rated schedule 40 PVC, I KNOW the risks!!! My gun has a standard ball-valve trigger and is pressurized with a small hand pump that is now attached to my gun, unlike in this first picture. I am able to change barrels and barrel attachments using the joint at the base of my barrel. The tubing coming from the pump to my gun was obtained from a LEGO set that used air hydraulic pumps. It can be ordered online over the LEGO website for a nominal fee. I use sports-ball filling valves that fit perfectly in the tubing to attach to my pump. The spray-painted section of my gun was salvaged from a derelict marshmallow gun that apparently I thought it was a good idea to use primer and glue on. Any more questions about my gun or anything in this Instructible should be PMed to me.
This is one of my favorite instructables. So many applications for airsoft. Going to make some!
You people have WAY too much time on your hands....
Sovereignty4 years ago
CAn your thumb actually bend back at 90 degrees or is that a camera illusion also? Great info despite --in spite of-- the freakish ability with your opposing appendage.
cowgomoo6 years ago
NO NO NO you got it all wrong! the thing is your using pvc. try galvenized steel. your using a bike pump. use a compressor. i got my 14 gallon 2 hp ingressol rand. also just get a key chain light. i shoved mine in an apple because of barrel size problems. use a brass ball valve ( sure theyre expensive, but well worth it )
pvc is is cheaper and easier to work with if you have not got a ton of tools
threaded pipe is fairly easy to work with
Good stuff... I loved your Xplosive air valve.. now.. to stop the compressed air from blowing the bb's out of the mag, close the end of the mag tube (temporarily). That way the pressure inside the mag will equalize and the bb's should feed ok (either through gravity or a little spring assist)
twisted7 years ago
Pvc endcaps shootting off at over 10 psi can blind you. please, seriously buy schedual 40 PRESSURE rated PVC its like 27 cents for a foot of this stuff at home depot. Trust me, ive made MANY airguns. I love em. BTW pop bottles, like the one you are using, screw into garden hose ends..... (hint hint) AND can hold up to 100psi without to make problems!!! YAY 10cent air tank!!!! Goood luck! "Your gunna shoot you eye out!" lols. ~Twisted
hi do you still mod nerf guns
JAKE8566 years ago
what is it because i dont feel like reading it . all i saw was a bright light
temp JAKE8566 years ago
codongolev6 years ago
heh... once I tried to make a pneumatic mini cannon in engineering class. the solenoid valve opened too slow though. we made our own compressor and everything. we actually had three compressors hooked to one tank.
PKTraceur6 years ago
Nice gun! I like you clip, however could you add HOW to make it? Aslo, a suggestion on the air tank, use 3 inch schedule 80 or 40 PVC.
How did you make your gun to unload a set amount of air, then stop? Is it a certain valve, or did you just use all the air? Did you use a release valve and just press it quickly?
How do the shotgun shells work? Is it one end is covered, the other end is loosely covered by mag. paper, and when shot the force from the air hitting the closed sided forces it out of the barrel, then forcing the lighter, airsoft bb's out?
Firebert010 (author)  PKTraceur6 years ago
That's about right. I'm looking to design a better version of the dart, one that doesn't have the drawbacks this one does.
Perhaps a reducing coupler on the front to stop the shel fromm being removed, and a breecher near the front? I have a one inch diam. barrel, and am still deciding to cut it off and add a 1/2 coupler then some 1/2 PVC tubing. Tips?
i'm going to use it to trigger my miniature thermite charges; the entity that hit the line would have about two seconds to get away before they are blasted with a material so hot it can burn through steel:) it's wonderfully evil:}
Firebert010 (author)  mettaurlover6 years ago
It's also likely to be dangerous. I'd advise against it.
so? i'm good with electronics and safety. and i'm also just a little bit crazy.
Kaiven6 years ago
Could you make a shotgun clip by using balsa wood or cardboard or plastic cd cases and just having them stack up like what you have for the ball bearing clip?
Kaiven7 years ago
WOW! I guess great minds think alike! your exploding dart is SOO much like mine! And I love dart variations, not just sharp versions, but stuff like this. I need to test the shotgun one sometime, but I'm out of Airsoft BBs.
Mattrox Kaiven6 years ago
corn works 2
Pumpkin$6 years ago
clip idea: try using a hop up instead, and upgrade your air chamber to a milk carton reinforced with some duct tape

yay duct tape!

and your first video has nothing on it it's audio only lol I think i see a small line in one frame (very low)

ex. make some metal darts out of soldered sheet metal, they'll fly great!


great ible' 5+

well, this is pretty good, but they're just ideas that have been floating around, that no one wants to make an 'ible on. -good job though!...
Firebert010 (author)  AnarchistAsian7 years ago
All ideas are completely original, and required time and research to compile. You won't find specialty ammo compiled in this detailed format anywhere else on the web.
well, some are ones that lot's of people have come up with before, but good job.