Introduction: Fire Extinguisher Air Gun

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to build an air gun from just a fire extinguisher and a few other small parts. The spring and o-ring inside the fire extinguisher valve will outlast the Air Coupler.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES OR DEATHS RESULTING FROM BUILDING OR USING THIS DEVICE. ALL RISKS ARE YOURS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Update: The valve started leaking, so I machined an adapter to fit in the tank so I can use a QEV, ball valve or whatever to fire.

Step 1: Tools and Parts

Tools:

Adjustable Wrench

Bench vise

1/4 inch NPT die

Light machine oil

12 volt car air compressor

Parts:

First Alert Standard Fire Extinguisher

1/4 inch female NPT air coupler

Two 1/4 inch NPT female air plugs

1/4 by 12 inch NPT nipple

1/4 inch by 1/8 inch bell reducer

1/4 inch by 25 foot coil air hose

Air Tank Valve

Teflon Tape

Small O-ring

Poop

Step 2: Extinguisher Prep

Discharge the fire extinguisher anywhere you like. Then, remove the valve from the tank. Dump out the remaining powder. Remove the nozzle from the valve.

Step 3: Tapping

Picture of Tapping

Clamp the Nozzle in the vise, threaded side down. Using light machine oil for lubrication, tap the plain end with the die.

Step 4: Air Hose and Barrel.

Connect the female air plug to one end of the air hose. The bell reducer goes on the other end, and on the remaining end of the reducer, connect the tank valve. Connect the other female air coupler to the nipple to make the barrel.

Step 5: Shooting

Hook up a car air compressor to the tank valve, hold down the trigger on the fire extingisher and pump to 20-200 psi. You can shoot foil balls, BBs wrapped in foil, or .22 ammunition with a ball of wet toilet paper behind it. Steel balls are also a good choice.

Comments

the modder (author)2017-08-03

superjulimaximo just now add a barrel on to the end there u go an air gun=)

superjulimaximo made it! (author)2014-12-30

Why did you add the female quick connect? Didn't you know the discharge valve will also stop air flow going into the tank? Two valves doing the same thing seems like a waste. Also, why not just use a male quick connect? It probably would have threaded right into your valve (like mine did) and most air hoses already have a female end on the working end of the hose, so it would have just connected up to the male fitting on your tank. Convenient. Then, you hold the discharge valve open while filling it (more control over how much pressure you build), disconnect the hose from your tank and hook up your barrel. Presto. Mine even has a 250 PSI rated Schrader valve for on-the-go filling with a hand pump. Oh well, at least you tried. Don't knock other designs if you can't take some abuse yourself.

MetalworkingMaster123 (author)2014-10-11

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seamster (author)2014-10-06

Interesting!

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