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Ahhhh, the joy of projectiles.
With so many types, and so many varieties of each type, everybody has to enjoy at least one type. There are bullets, arrows, darts and more. Today, though, we'll be discussing one of the easiest to make- the dart (the dart in this Instructable can be both thrown by hand and shot from a blow-gun).

THIS INSTRUCTABLE IS INTENDED MERELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; THE AUTHOR TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE MISUSE OF THE INFORMATION HEREIN.

Step 1: Get Your Stuff (Materials)

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You won't need much to make the dart(s), in fact, you probably already have everything you need, which would be:

- A Wire Hanger (like one from the dry cleaner)

- A Pair of Scissors (that cuts relatively well)

- A Pair of Electrician's Pliers (hefty ones that can cut thick gauge wire)

-A Roll of Duct Tape (with at least 6 inches of usable tape left on it)
 
bcavaciuti2 years ago
Great ible gonna do this when the weather gets a bit better probly make them now :D i made some with nails but these will be a lot more powerful also im gonna try bicycle spokes which should be fun...you could try making broad heads by flattening the end with a hammer though i advise hardening them and using against slightly softer targets (soft wood cardboard rabbits ect) they are better for hunting as they cut a whole bigger than the shaft and cut while inside causing the insides to mush a bit killing the animal as it runs quicker so more humanely
Cervantes2 years ago
I'm gonna try making some cones as described.
The wire hanger darts I've made hit and penetrate my fence from about 40 feet. I gotta use pliers to retrieve darts that go into trees.
jimwi3 years ago
I have been using one of these for about 35 years or more. First seen it in a Charles Bronson movie, one of the Death Wishes I think. Any way like to use bike spokes as they are strait and strong and for the cone I like over head projector film, just tape the spoke in the corner of a piece film 100mm square (about) on a slite angle ,rap and pull to a cone ,tape and trim to neat fit have fun. You can very good with one of these.
9w2xyz3 years ago
to get wire straight, you could. ( using thinner wire, stressed to almost its yield point)

1. Stake one end to a pole.
2. Clamp in cordless drill.
3. Drill, when one end snaps off, retie.
4. Drill in opposite direction.
5. Cut to length.
6. et cetera. I like using galvanized wire.