This is a fun thing to play tricks on friends with or to play airsoft with! I am pretty much a sneaky person with a airsoft gun and a ghillie suit and to keep me from getting ambushed i thought "what about a claymore!". I didnt want to spend $130.00 on a normal airsoft claymore online so i decided to make one! All you need is a bit of patience and a creative mind! This claymore uses a tripwire so when a person steps on it or hits it it sends airsoft bbs flying out and hitting them. it doesnt use explosives so its pretty safe.
Step 1: Getting Ready
To start this project, you will need to get some pretty basic things. Heres what you need:
Cottonelle toilet tissue box
A small mousetrap
Four 6-inch nails (7 1/2 cm)
Spraypaint. colors vary depending on enviroment colour (green, brown, camo, olive drab, etc.)Wooden kebob skewer or pencil
Zip tie/cable tie
You will also need scissors, a hot glue gun, and a drill.
Step 2: Preparing the Box
Start by poking four holes on the side where the hinges are for the nails. Put them in pairs on each side as shown in the picture. Next, cut a rectangular hole close to the hinge side on the top of the box just big enough for the WOOD PART of the mousetrap to fit through. Then cut two 2 inch slits on each side of the rectangular hole you just cut leading to the other side of the box as shown in the picture. Finally, on the bottom of the box, cut a 2 by 2 inch hole starting on the end nearest the hinged part of the box. make a piece of cardboard a tiny bit bigger than the hole and put duct tape ONLY ON THE TOP so the cardboard flips up.
Step 3: The Tripwire
Take your kebob skewer or pencil and tie a pretty good length of fishing line onto it. Take the rubberband and wrap it around the knot so the fishing line wont slide off of the skewer. wrap it all up and keep it for later.
Step 4: The Mousetrap
This is the size of mousetrap you need. Drill a hole on each side on the part where the pin is. Then take your zip tie/cable tie and stick it through those holes and wrap it over and in the hammer part of the trap. Tighten it until you have it at this angle. WARNING! a mousetrap is dangerous and could brake your finger! kids, be very careful!
Step 5: Rigging the Tripwire
Drill a hole kind of in the top middle of the top of the box. Take your pencil or skewer with the fishing line on it and thread it through this hole then tie it on a hole on the plate thing where the bait for mice would be if we were using the mousetrap for its intended use. If your having trouble, look at the picture.
Step 6: Paperclip Box
Easiest step. Take scissors and cut one long side about the width of a quarter and tape it so it doesnt fall apart. Done. This box is for the bbs.
Step 7: Main Assembly
Cut a slit in the middle of each long side on the tiny box you just made. Glue the tiny box on the hammer part of the mousetrap to where the slits are right smack dab in the middle of the hammer square. These slits are for the pin to go through so the trap can lock in place. Hot glue the mousetrap onto the inside bottom of the box which is now the side the nails are on. make sure the tiny box on the mousetrap is facing the open side on the box as shown in the picture.
Step 8: Testing and How to Use
To test out your claymore, first you need to jab it into the ground. Then unroll the length of the fishing line and make sure it is tight, not too tight though or else the mousetrap wont work properly. Put some bbs in the tiny box and push back the mousetrap hammer and put the pin on to lock it down. You can do this next part two ways, one, walk thru the tripwire hitting your foot on the fishing line or two, pushing the fishing line with a stick. if it shoots to where it hits your thighs, then youre good. If it shoots lower, try tightening the zip tie a bit to make the angle different. Oh yeah, and the flip up cardboard thing we did on the back? That is for access to the back of the trap to set it and its also for any adjustments you may need to do on your claymore.
Step 9: Spraypainting!
Spraypaint the outer shell of your claymore the colour of your choice depending on your enviroment. Make sure the paint is Extra-Flat, Flat, or Satin. Anything else will reveal the claymore more. Example, if you live in a dry grassy enviroment you may want to paint it tan. Or if its a forest you may want to paint it brown or for bushes and grass a green or olive drab. Its up to you! I painted mine with KRYLON camouflage Ultra-Flat. If you dont use this, make sure the paint you do use bonds with plastic, or else it wont stick.