Introduction: Mechanical Pencil Staple Shooter

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This instructable will show you how to turn a cheap mechanical pencil into a staple shooter. The shooter shoots closed staples about 30 feet. It's really cheap and easy to make.

This probably won't do any damage, it's just meant to annoy people, but anyway...

DISCLAMER: I am not responsible for any injury or damage caused by this to yourself or other people. I am also not responsible for any trouble that you get in with any parents, faculty members, co-workers, bosses, or any other people covered under loco parentis or have authority over you. I am not responsible for anything that is caused by this. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Beware!

And remember, do not fire at face or eyes.

Step 1: Materials

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Materials you need:

-A 0.7 mm mechanical pencil (preferably with 2 prongs to push out lead.)
-scissors and or pliers
-tape (optional)

Step 2: Removing the Cap

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To remove the cap, you can do 2 different things.

1. If it is a good quality pencil just screw the tip off to see the lead loader.

2. If it's a very cheap pencil, which actually work better in the end, you use the scissors to wedge the cap on the tip off.

Now you can see the lead loader. If it has 2 prongs, go to the next step, if it has 3, you need to start over with a new pencil.

Step 3: How to Load and Fire the Staples

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To load and fire staples, get a stapled staple. Stick it in the lead loader by pulling back the ring that secures the lead and running a folded edge of the staple through the lead loader and have the staple run along the grooves in the lead loader.

To fire, pull back the button that you use to lengthen the lead and the ring should push the staple out propelling it toward your helpless unsuspecting target.

Step 4: Optional Stuff

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To make loading easier you can tape the ring to the pencil so it does not move. It isn't as stealthy but it makes loading much easier.

You can also modify the staple using the pliers and scissors. You can cut it in half or do anything as long as it has a folded edge.

The ideal target is the hair or neck because they won't know what hit them and they might find staples in their hair later and say, "Curse you _______!"

Step 5: Feedback Please

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This is my first instructable so I would like comments telling me how well I did right and what I did wrong. Thanks.


aakashsunkari (author)2014-07-23

I shot my friend in the eye with this... He went to the hospital... I laughed! (Just Kidding, why would I do that?) VERY VERY COOL.

ladieslilman98 (author)2010-10-06

dat tight bro im in 7th and all that i get shot with led my turn now nice instructable. XD

stinkycheese23 (author)2009-03-29

Cool beans

dodo91 (author)stinkycheese232010-09-29

NO! U CAN NOT TAKE MY PHRASE!! lolz jk dont get so upset!
i did this in third grade.

mobabur94 (author)2010-08-10

cool i wanna try it

Reble1 (author)2010-07-26

dude me and my friends would do this in 5th grade currently in 8th and we would also cut off the prongs and use the pencil to either launch the part that you put the led in at the ceiling or we would use just the outer part to fire spitballs at each other

grundisimo (author)2010-03-31

It works better if the end(the one that hits stuff) is straight.

grundisimo (author)grundisimo2010-03-31

I did this lots in my spanish class last year.

EaglesSoar09 (author)2009-11-24

This is the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Icepick (author)2009-09-24

With this staple pencil Im gonna be king of the classroom!

metroid_crafter (author)2009-05-18

This is awesome! I built one, took it to school, and "attacked" friends with it. No one got hurt, thanks to the shooter not having much power.

naruto4567 (author)2009-02-24

can u show me how to do the staple bend that looks like an arrow head dude??????????

benboy221 (author)naruto45672009-05-02

its not really hard. just take a regular staple and the bend the staple in half with each leg on the opposite side, make sure there is a little hole in the middle

ultrauber (author)2008-06-01

Here's a comment. This is a pretty cool idea. It's one of those things that doesn't seem like it should work, but it does.

n8man (author)ultrauber2008-06-01


ultrauber (author)n8man2008-06-01

That was fast.

n8man (author)ultrauber2008-06-01

Like the bomb?

ultrauber (author)n8man2008-06-02

Hehe. That's tight.

kibbler (author)ultrauber2009-04-09

That's what she said.

Iridium7 (author)ultrauber2009-02-14

thats what she said

that was really fast... haha

bigfootduck (author)2009-03-06

OMG! I've been shooting these in my classes for like 2 years now, but I just found this instructable! what a coincidence....

kibbler (author)bigfootduck2009-04-09

Yeah, me too.

naruto4567 (author)2009-02-13

oh nvm I see!!!!!!!!!!

naruto4567 (author)2009-02-13

dude can u tell me what a prong is?

The Porsche Fan (author)2009-01-24

I might have to try this sometime

4819 (author)2008-10-27

Very good. We used these in 7th grade math, and just found your instructable today. Currently in high school. You dont need pliers for the bic pencil you used; just hve a really good grip and pull the tip off. Also, mini staplers are a good material to add to the list; this is your "ammo," as we called it. I even got a giant box of 4000 staples... :)

foxtrot4697 (author)2008-07-26

why are they gone???(comments)

n8man (author)foxtrot46972008-07-26

Do_Not_Turn_Off_The_Power had a question, I answered it, they deleted their comments so I deleted mine.

foxtrot4697 (author)n8man2008-08-30


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