Introduction: Make a Nail Shooter

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This will show you how to make a nail shooter out of a nail (whoa) and a rubber band.


Step 1: Get the Materials

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You will need:

pliers (2 will make it easier to bend the nails)
rubber band (doesnt have to be thick, thinner ones are easier to use) its up to you
a pile of nails (I use ones that are about and inch long)

Step 2: Bend the Nail(s)

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Bend the nails using the pliers. It makes it easier to hold if you bend it so there is more of the head end that is not bent. So its not quite center. Keep making them until you get bored or run out of nails. Whichever comes first.

Step 3: FIRE!!

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Hold the rubber band between your thumb and forefinger, hold the nail in the other hand, pull back and release. IT WILL TRAVEL VERY, VERY, VERY FAST. Find targets (preferably inanimate objects) to fire at. This one was shot at a wall.


billbobby (author)2010-04-04

 it would probably just be chance- maybe curved in the air and happened to stick the wall

chrisdinishak (author)2010-03-10

ya or pressed it in by hand. b/c the head end would stick in aswell

skimmo (author)2009-08-27

in year ten we made this and my freinds shoot them at my gut there not that dangrous you just have to cover your eyes with you palms, they do brake the skin but its not that hurts less then a paint ball

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-08-14

@$#& you FF6600 this is exactly what this site needs, so what if its dangerouse if no one ever took a risk we would never have any fun. Way to go bicyclelifestyle

speedcat13 (author)TheCheese99212006-08-14

Did you call him an orange? (hex key color for FF6600)

FF6600 (author)speedcat132006-08-15

yep... actually just the color... not the fruit

dombeef (author)FF66002009-04-23

The translation for it is "@$#& you ORANGE this is exactly what this site needs, so what if its dangerouse if no one ever took a risk we would never have any fun. Way to go bicyclelifestyle" lol!

godsoftheguitar (author)2008-10-17

How did you shoot the nail so that it would stick into the wall? I can shoot but I can't get it to stick into anything. Can you post a video a video showing how to shoot it so it will stick into your target? I will greatly appreciate it. thanks!

he probably shot a whole bunch until one just happened to stck into the wall...

Oxy-Acetylene (author)2006-10-23

Lmao, this sounds like an awesome thing to do
(I wrote about 5 paragraphs before but my computer had a blue screen)
Basically, Rubberband + hairclip (Less dangerous than a nail) = Hiphemur (Blood in the eyeball, and 50/50 chance of eye returning to normal.) It cost me 100 to go to the hospital for it, then 300 more to go to the eye specialist to make sure it was all sweet.
Just keep in mind, this was from the HAIRCLIP hitting my eyelid, at the top of my eye, not the eyeball... Nor with a nail. Have fun, but dudes... Just be careful.
I myself was one of those who thought it was just a load of Taurus Excretum to lose an eye... The pain is horrific, not to mention the muscles hurting like buggery with the light transitions...
*Captain Safety flies away*
Just have fun.

Marche (author)Oxy-Acetylene2008-07-19

My friend gave me the same injury with a pool toy. I couldn't code for 2 months D: I couldn't even watch TV because my eye could have bled out again... I feel your pain.

ouch.that would hurt.a lot.

hornbadoing (author)2008-07-14

i hat you i pulled it back and it cought on the rubber band an tuck in my neck

snipeyouout (author)2008-01-03

I shot it at a telephone pole from like 20 feet away a ndwhen I went to get it I couldnt pull it out

gnomination (author)snipeyouout2008-02-24

sounds like it should work then...

mickey shimitz (author)2006-11-05


thats a boring instructable it probably sucks

xXxNinja 069xXx (author)2007-10-20

killer idea o.o

Zetheros (author)2007-07-28

What if it backfires and sticks though your thumb?

inevitable_chaos (author)2006-12-31

For those confused at how to hold it. Put your fingers in an "L" shape. Then loop the rubber band around.

camscam (author)2006-08-16

damn you centure-bots! look this is obviously an adult oriented project site. you start limiting now there will be no end. He put a warning up, its up to parents to monitor the internet and raise thier children. not the internet's job monitor children. btw this thing is cool, I'm going to go home and make one!

thingygoboom (author)camscam2006-11-18

But even adults.... who rn't mature enough use things like this in offices... with wat is around them...

mikecheng (author)2006-10-20

how do u shoot it? can some1 post a shot of them shooting it b4 letting go of the nail? thanks.

neil (author)2006-10-20

#$% that was scary it richocheted (srry dnt know how to spell) of the wall and hooked me it was a laugh though but still silly!!!!

Kamma (author)2006-10-15

This is a very old toy Asian boys played in the old days; mostly with folded paper "bullets” Asked any older Japanese or Chinese guys about it. Typically they were played by boys 3rd grade to sixth grades. Some boys do use the method described here but never a nail. A cut soft steel wire bend to a perfect U shape. It is about 1/4" by 3/8" or less. The gage is close to that of a jumbo paper clip .The lighter weight and well balanced shape gave maximum speed and distance. Just remember any thing sends projectiles away is a potential eye hazard. Don’t do anything stupid and un-safe.

stupidkid2000 (author)2006-09-28

I just bent a nail for use, and I have a suggeston. It can be rather had to bend a nail using pliers if the nail is thick. What I did was I used a monkey wrench to grip the nail and then used a hammer to bend it. It was easy stuff.

stupidkid2000 (author)2006-09-28

LOL I'm 13 too! I am confused as to how you hold it, though. How do you get the part of the rubber band that is strethced between your fingers from getting in the way? PS. I was gonna write an instructable very simmilar to this but I guess I should just post it here. I do this exact same thing, only I do it with food skewers (for kabobs) instead of nails. I gotta try this, though.

School Weapons Maker (author)2006-09-21

Definently not something kids should play with...I'm 13 and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

netboss (author)2006-09-15

I saw this project before. It was someone's doctoral thesis project at Ole Miss.

The Mad Pancake (author)2006-09-03

One thing... I seriously doubt that anyone "too young" would have the access to the materials used to bend a METAL nail... and even if they did, couldn't they use their power for good.

Anyone who wants to limit peoples rights to view information on the internet is a STATIST =(

KC_kingcobra (author)2006-08-31

this is really great i could use this if anyone tries to f*** with me.

dcshoeco33 (author)2006-08-16

lol i just figured out how to shoot it

FF6600 (author)2006-08-15

aaaaaahhh.... i know it's hard to teach children, but i give my best... if you take the risk for the damage you make onto you... fine sounds reasonable... BUT IF ->YOU<- HURT SOMEONE ELSE, DO YOU TAKE THE RESPONSABILITY!?! HEH?!? OR YOU JUST SAY: "oh sorrrrry i didn't mean to hurt you... are you allright?" THIS STUFF IS FOR THROWING -->AWAY<--, AWAY FROM YOU!!! MAYBE AGAINST SOMEONE ELSE!

Beelzebub (author)2006-08-15

Pretty much a dumb instructable. Bend nail, Fling it with a rubberband...

FF6600 (author)2006-08-15

go on take the risk... might you loose a thumb... or maybe an eye... or both... or maybe if you make it good, a brain falls accidently into your empty head.

foamyguy (author)2006-08-15

Im not going to get into the fun / risk conversation. But judgig solely as an instructable. This isn't that great. The name "Make a nail shooter" Implies you will be making a device to shoot nails. But in reality you are just making sling shot ammo thats pointy. Interesting Idea I supose but, seems like it could've been expanded more before posting. You might be able to find a weaker version of these, but barbed if you look in fishhook section at the store. I bet there are some bent in a manner that would allow them to work like this as well.

dcshoeco33 (author)2006-08-14

im confused on how you hold and shoot it

No offence, but if you cant figure out how to hold and shoot it, then you probably shouldnt make it.

FF6600 (author)bicyclelifestyle2006-08-15

before you do anything... wait until THECHEESE has tested it... he has few lifes to spare.

FF6600 (author)2006-08-14

oke then... take the risk and put your ass in the line of fire...ah and don't forget to have fun :D

TheCheese9921 (author)FF66002006-08-14

why do i care you only live once

FF6600 (author)TheCheese99212006-08-14

HAHAHAAA! that's better than tv!

austin (author)2006-08-14

meh its pretty much just making a hornet out of a nail, it not really that dangerous and they doont travel that fast. id probably wear eye protection just because ITs kind unpredictable.

FF6600 (author)2006-08-14

please... do us all a favor and don't post such stuff... it's freakin #!$£*!!! dangerous! and your warning is for a child invisible! so please.... don't post such instructions. cheers charles

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