Obviously, these are dangerous, probably illegal, and a ton of fun.
EDITING NOTES: I first published this back when I was pretty new to the site, and just got around to editing it up to my current standards as best I could. Forgive the picture quality, my first camera was pretty low quality and I had no idea how to use it correctly. This project isn't too practical, but still a fun way to spend a few hours.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Push pins (not thumbtacks, use the kind in the picture)
- Fast drying adhesive (I used hot glue, but CA glue or hobby glue would work fine too)
- Cap gun caps (mine came in rings so I had to cut them out)
- Power drill with a chuck that will securely hold the push pin by its point
- Wire cutters
- File- you might want to use a larger one for roughing and a smaller one for finishing
- Razor knife
- Cheap spring powered Airsoft gun (I mean it, use a crappy one. These darts are very roughly made and can easily damage the inside of an airsoft barrel, or destroy the hop-up system.)
- Wire brush to clean file teeth
Step 2: Set up
Note- This will not work with all drills. If your chuck cannot tightly hold the pin, then try wrapping the pin tip in tape before sticking it in the chuck.
Step 3: Turning the dart
Once the pin seems to be the right size, test fit in in the Airsoft barrel. You want it so it will slide in easily if pushed, but will slide freely in the barrel
Step 4: Finished pointy dart
Step 5: Explosive dart (explosively FUN)
Go get your caps, and cut one out. Make sure to cleanly trim the cap from the sprue.
Go get your glue gun, and put a tiny blob on and around the pin stub. Quickly, before the glue dries/cools, stick the cap on the glue, with the the stub of the pin going up inside the cap. Center it and hold it for a few seconds to insure a good bond. For reference, look at the pictures.
DO NOT WORRY, THE HOT GLUE WILL NOT SET OFF THE CAP. I HAVE TRIED TO DO THIS, AND IT SIMPLY WON'T HAPPEN.
Step 6: Loading... please wait...
Grab something long that will fit down the Airsoft barrel, to use as a ramrod. I used the handle of one of my paintbrushes.
Put the dart in the barrel, pin/cap side facing outward. Using the ramrod, push the dart gently down the barrel until it stops. Do not force the dart in farther once it stops, that will seriously jam up your gun internals.
That's how you load it- pretty simple.
Step 7: Firing
Put on some safety glasses, for safety's sake. The pointy darts aren't as much as problem because they stick in things, but the explosive darts ricochet like crazy and have a great knack for shattering things.
Cock your gun, point at safe target, and fire. The pointy darts almost always fly straight, but the explosive darts will sometimes hit at a strange angle, tumble, or not explode (some tweaking required).
If you loaded:
- Pointy darts: The dart will fly out, and, with a satisfying POP, impale itself in the target.
- Explosive darts: The dart will fly out, and hit the target. If all goes well, there will be a loud CRACK!, you will see a flash of flame, and the empty dart will zing away in some random direction.
Final image shows the dart stuck in my workshop wall about 10 feet away.
Step 8: Find, re-cap, reload, and rejoice.
Using brightly colored push pins for your darts greatly facilitates finding them and re-using them. I used clear pins and lost all my darts in about ten minutes.
Step 9: Safety-second to last
Under no circumstances should this ammo be fired at people or anything other than an unimportant wall or designated target.
Eye protection is highly encouraged, especially if you are using explosive darts, as their explosion tends to send the dart body off in some random direction.
That said, have fun!
Step 10: Discussion
- As mentioned before, use colored darts.
- Don't shoot them outside, they are plastic and will pollute.
- Only use cheap spring guns for this. The 15$ spring pistols from Wal-Mart are perfect for this.
- If you take the explosive out of several caps and pack it all into one cap, then apply that cap to the dart, the explosive power can be increased several times.
- Sharpening the darts with a nail file works great.
- Depending on the range of the gun used, I would say these have a maximum range of about 50 feet if the dart is well made and the air is still.
- These are also perfectly viable in 6mm blowguns.
- For more fun, use the darts for a game of darts with a regular dart board.
- The explosive darts seem to have a great ability to shatter glass. This effect is seen on everything from plate glass to beer bottles.