Picture of Pointy and Explosive Airsoft Darts From Push Pins
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This Instructable shows you how to make pointed or explosive 6mm darts out of household materials.

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

Picture of Materials and Tools
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  • 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
What is an airsoft dart
ilpug (author)  YouNeverKnowItUntil5 months ago

Does this Instructable not explain it?

gemoney1 year ago
does it work in any other type of airsoft guns
ilpug (author)  gemoney1 year ago
I would only use it in cheap guns because it can damage the barrel and destroy the hop-up. i'll add some info about that at some point, thanks for the update
rjcullis2 years ago
Good stuff I will give it a try
ebaneser2 years ago
Add weight to the front of the exploding dart to make it fly straight
Aron3133 years ago
Make a video of it!!
ilpug (author)  Aron3133 years ago
I really need to reassemble the thing before I do that... I suppose I could, but I need a Youtube account to embed from.

Let me work on it, it may happen.
Aron313 ilpug3 years ago
ok Thanks
freeza363 years ago
spcolsson4 years ago
i need to make ammo like this for my potato cannons.......
ilpug (author)  spcolsson4 years ago
well, i would reccomend taking hte empty tubes that caulking comes in, and modifying them. with only a few wraps of tape they will fit snugly in a 2 inch barrel, and can be made to fly straight quite easily.
I believe lathing refers to wood
ilpug (author)  airsoftbeast404 years ago
it commonly does, however, metal lathes are also common in some industries. i just said it might be lathing because you are using a tool to shape a spinning object. its just semantics anyway.
Awesome. I might do this on one of those boring summer days =)
laneman134 years ago
ilpug (author)  laneman134 years ago
thank you