Picture of Halo Sniper Rifle
To accessorize my Son's Halo costume:


I built a sniper rifle. It is made from cardboard, scrap wood, PVC pipe couplers and a telescoping pool skimmer pole - available for about $12 online (I had one left over from a blow-up pool we no longer had). It is 48" long and has a module to add a rifle shot sound. It took about six hours to build.

Step 1: Body and barrels

Picture of Body and barrels
I used a scale drawing and other reference pictures I found on the internet to get the general shape and size of the weapon. The 48" length was determined to be the best size for my Son's height. I drew a grid on the side view of the diagram and used it to transfer the silhouette to the cardboard. I made two sides and glued the inner and middle tubes and scraps of a wooden handle to add support to the structure.

The telescoping handle had three sections. The inner was used for the lower barrel. The inner section extends out to be the 'appropriate' length and the remaining length simply adds support to the gun within the cardboard.

Side detail was added with another layer of cardboard as shown in the fourth picture. Strips of cardboard were then glued between the two sides to finish the gun's structure.

The last picture shows some extra detail and how it looks with primer on it.
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Wait, it makes noise?!?!? THIS IS BEAST
gunshow2 years ago
goffymew563 years ago
can you make me a halo odst helmet i am only 12 and i hate trying to do pepakura and i dont have hot glue gun
CODKING5 years ago
id pay 50 dollers
hey man give me 150 and i can make you an entire suit e-mail me at
hey dude i'd like a kid size one. for my son. so maybe because its so small (even though he's 11) you could lower the price
I'm sorry. I've never heard of this "Doller" currency. I think you mean Dollar. Nub.
O haha HA funny.......

not really
with almost any gun
But its more fun to build it youself. When you accomplish that you can build anything from what youve learned about cardbard construction
starfox3844 years ago
30 bucks for one you dont even have to make
e-mail me at gidart@grandecom.net
no offense but the hole point of tutorial is to be creative ........ but i hope tou sell it ;)
what about http://www.instructables.com/id/Halo-Assault-Rifle or http://www.instructables.com/id/Customizable-PVC-Halo-Sword/#
xbox1kid5 years ago
cool halo sniper
it would be cool if it could fire paintball or airsoft
add this How to Make a Mini Cannon from a BBQ Lighter
tinker2344 years ago
wow gona make this add fiberglass sorry stupid keys
supershot14 years ago
really awesome man keep up the good work :}
Meroki4 years ago

I have a UTG style AWP airsoft sniper, do you think you could build the Halo sniper to work as a frame for that sniper?
bubba j Meroki4 years ago
IDK but if you do i wouldnt use cardboard as a frame
Meroki bubba j4 years ago
What about using the papercraft/aqua resin approach?
bubba j Meroki4 years ago
i'd try a fiberglass aproach
Meroki bubba j4 years ago
Okay, But fibreglass how?

What would you use for a base frame?
dehlome4 years ago
Lowney4 years ago
This is awesome. That is all.
Moo_cow4 years ago
why didn't you just record the actual sound of the sniper from halo?
rickgyver (author)  Moo_cow4 years ago
I tried but it didn't sound very good.
manojkk4 years ago
builder9685 years ago
I'm trying this this year, but, knowing, my dad, I'll have to do everything but drive to Home Depot and RadioShack.
Bullet30935 years ago
Hi, i was thinking about building this in my spare time, i am obsessive about halo. Would you be able to tell me how you got the measurements all right? I would really like to make this, and my dad is going to b helping me. Cheers.
well if u wanna get it to a real scale a spartan is 2.08 meters high or like 6.8 so get a pic of one holdin the rifle get it into scale and thats ur height just match it up and your set or if you wanna get cray grow that pic till he is 2.08 meters and then ruler it up but it should be half of him its not a small gun it should be hard to walk around with cu they made spartan so tall but hey thats if you wanna make it look right lol :P im still workin on my armor
rickgyver (author)  Bullet30935 years ago
The best thing to do is print a good side view picture of the gun and draw a grid on the picture like graph paper. For instance make each grid square 1cm. Determine the full-size length you want for the finished product. If the length of the gun on the picture is say 30cm and the full-size length is to be 1.8m then get a piece of cardboard that is 1.8m long and draw a grid on it where each square is 6cm. You can then use each square from the paper to draw the outline of the gun on the cardboard. This will get the proportions correct. I hope this helped. If you need more information please write back. Good luck. Rick.
Thanks for your help Rick. I was curious, was the full size-length of your rifle? I am about 160cm and i don't want it to be too big so that i can't lift it. I only ask so as i can get an idea on what would be a decent size for me to build. Cheers, Jake.
rickgyver (author)  Bullet30935 years ago
I think the life-size rifle is over 200cm. The one I made for my Son was about 120cm. He is about 150cm. Since it is made out of cardboard mainly, just a couple of short pieces of wood in the handles for strength and aluminum tubing for the barrels it is quite light - less than 2kg. Hope that helps.

Here's a funny article about Bungie studios and their full-size replica:

Hey Rick, Thanks for the info, and the i thought the article was quite humerous. I will definitely use the tip on the grid squares, Thanks heaps for that. Jake.
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rick you should go on 405th infantry division. the link is here http://405th.com/forums/index.php?act=idx
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