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How to make a quick and easy clothespin gun

A small clothespin gun that is easy to make and is very powerfull with very few and easy to find items. Can (depending on clothespin) can sometimes shoot through paper. note: can actualy cause some one to bleed/shoot eye out. Shooting sharp objects is not recomened. =)
 
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Step 1: Whats needed:

there are a few things needed as said before:
wooden clothespin (plastic will NOT work). These can be bought in a pack of 50 for a few dollars
knife or bottle opener
small rubber band or any rubber band. Like clothespins can be bought in large quantiies cheaply
pair of tweezers (not needed but recomended for repairs/adjustments)

Step 3: Attach Trigger

Now this is were it gets a little tricky. What you are pretty much doing is puting the metal back on one on the other side. Most clothespins on the metal part have a short part and long part, make sure that the short part is on the flat or outside and the long on the bumbed or inside of the clothes pin. Once again it is easier to slide it on but to kind of open it. The spring like part must be going towards the the pointed end and the long part wont be in a slot.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

The last, simplest, and most important in making this shoot is the top or cocking mechanism
First place the other close pin as shown
Second put ruber band on and loop it once or twice so it holds it in place but is not extremely tight
just too easy...

Step 7: Repairs and Adjustments

As being a "cheap" gun, it need few and easy repairs/adjustments. One is if the shooting part of the metal is crooked just a little it may make the gun shoot side ways. The easiest way to fix it is to take tweezers and bend it till it is straight. The other one is were what holds the shooting part back gets worn, it starts shooting randomly or not holding at all. So simple repeat step 4 a little till it is fixed. Last one that is not shown is that the spring may become weak. So simply replace it, because you cant realy fix it...
baba42 years ago
make a vid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i dont know why but on step 6 when i pull the trigger back it just bends the spring, i have tried it 5 times and it still doesnt work.
i give up !
phazergazer3 years ago
 works great!!
hamby404 years ago
this has no power and is more complicated than most
vog4 years ago
this sucks
I've looked on youtube and some other websites for other ones but this is definitely the best it is awesome!
toror44 years ago
hey nice weapon how did u come up with it i made my brother vry...and hes older than me can u make more catapults I LOVE THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
camoninja4 years ago
how the hell do I fire it
delerith (author)  camoninja4 years ago
go to the intro part, the second pic has the trigger labeled, just pull it
plumber_bob4 years ago
We used to build these when I was a kid. We would shot strike anywhere type matches up in the air and watch them light when they hit the sidewalk or pavement. I'd forgotten all about until now. Thanks for the refresher!
delerith (author) 5 years ago
thanks no problem
Jupitane5 years ago
Cool, awesome, this is wwwaaayyy simpler than the other ones... Thank you!
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