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Picture of Mini Matchstick Gun - The Clothespin Pocket Pistol
In this project we're taking boring old clothespins, and up-cycling them into powerful matchstick & toothpick shooters, that will stick into apples, and lob firey darts over 20 feet.
 
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Step 1: Watch the Video!



This project was inspired by instructables author "Samarai" and his awesome tutorial on making a Clothespin Gun

Step 2: What Is a Mini Matchstick Gun?

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A Matchstick Gun is essential to your collection of desktop weaponry.  

This little pocket pistol will shoot a matchstick with power, blast toothpicks into fruit, and lob fiery darts. 

The best parts is, it can be made fairly easily and for almost nothing!

Step 3: What You'll Need

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All we need for this project is;
  • Some wood glue
  • A utility knife
  • A simple clothespin (Just make sure it's the wooden kind with the metal spring.)
Some additional items that might make your experience better will be;
  • Some scrap paper
  • Wooden matches
  • Wooden toothpicks

Step 4: Making The Mini Peg Gun

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To make the peg gun, you'll first need to remove the spring, and place the two wooden pieces, back to back, so the notches line up near the center.

Next, make a marking on the top piece about half an inch from the hole, and an angled marking on the bottom.  (see the picture for reference)

Just for convenience, I went ahead and filled in all the areas that need to be chiseled out with blue pen.  So grab your utility knife and carefully carve out all the areas marked in blue. 

The long channels made in the center of the pieces are going to act as our gun barrel, so play with them until a wooden matchstick can slide in and out loosely when the two pieces are pressed together.

The angled marking, marks the place where you'll need to cut a small notch.  This notch needs to angle back to hold the spring in place when you replace it.

When your pieces are carved and placed back to back, they should look like what you see in the picture.
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happy_Psycho7 months ago
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How can it be a rip off? I was making these 50 to 55 years ago.

He doesn't need permission. As long as he has modified and changed the design, it is enough to call it his own. Instructables is for improving upon others ideas. Most inspiration out here are not new original ideas, but improving on something that they have seen. Whether it is in an instructable or book.

This is not improving, it is plagiarism. He copied it all down!

you are just ruining other peoples day. please stop

Chill bro. He got his INSPIRATION from a guy who does instructables not the book so chill please

Dude, chill

Exactly

i do have experience with this kid of thing. it is true that without changing it, it is plagerism, but there is tons of people who complain about this, and most of the time, it is just by people who are just jealous, or just want to ruin other peoples day. also, how do you know it is the books design? my dad and grandfather made these in their day, so you have no proof that the book created them

gemoney2 months ago
Can I make the gun fire over 50+ feet
goaskal7 months ago

Forgive me for being an old fogey but all I see is a dangerous weapon that could easily cause injury or property damage, even under 'normal' use. Pointed projectiles that can blast into fruit can as easily blind a person or animal. Flaming matches can easily cause a fire when they land, especially if they go off target. Publishing plans like this where ANYONE of any age can see them is asking for trouble.

MSHAG goaskal3 months ago

someone, quick! contact the army so we can get one of these into every soldier's hands.

mimijojo747 MSHAG3 months ago

lol

You could use it in the snow and when they fall into the snow they would be easily distinguished. And, if you don't have snow, fire onto a concrete surface away from flammable objects.

aebe goaskal7 months ago

" Old and in the way , that's what I heard them say " ............. :)

Yet , I left California , unburntdown .

You can't have a BB gun. You will put your eye out. Yawn. I'm 69, have heard variations of that stuff since about 1950, when I got my first Red Rider. Think of it as a Darwin moment. The weak perish, the strong survive, and good riddance to the weak.

mimijojo7473 months ago

I made this thing

it shoots really well I even made a metal shot out of a used rivet!

craftboyandhisprojects made it!3 months ago

I made this

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cedrock made it!3 months ago

pretty nice

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siegeking made it!4 months ago

it shoots epically !!!! Thanks for the ible !!!!!

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Selfmademan made it!4 months ago

a bit tricky to cut the parts out of the clip. mine doesn't really shoot far, maybe round about 2 metres. and it doesn't hit hard, I don't got one of my ammo in a apple. but all in all a nice toy or evening-project

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yoyoyo98014 months ago

Late comment, again, can I make it shoot something else

Scamerman Run made it!5 months ago

I made a miniature :D

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lantonelli made it!5 months ago

Nice instructable.....but I used more then a knife :-P

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swim115 months ago
Cool
MaDeuce7 months ago

Use a white-tipped strike-anywhere kitchen match for ammo. Load the match so that the tip is inside of the pistol. This is the opposite of the orientation shown in the photos. When the pistol is fired, the spring strikes the tip, both lighting the match and launching it at the same time. Used to make these as a kid 40+ years ago...

i heard a story that some kids made a shooter like how you described it and started a fire and burned down a house, no offence, but this is an original idea

DPeleg MaDeuce7 months ago

THAT. SOUNDS. AWESOME.

owen57025 months ago

can u use super glue

owen57025 months ago
Can u use super glue
owen57025 months ago
Awsome
Aziehr985 months ago

This sounds like a fun project. I am gonna make two of them when I get home from school today. Thanks for the fun idea.

ydanay made it!6 months ago
My knifes weren't sharp enough, so I used the nail file on my pocket knife, which worked great!
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ljohann made it!6 months ago

love it!

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ydanay6 months ago
Then you can start shooting toothpicks at your apple swans. :)

Great, what a Original Idea !!!

Chrizzle136 months ago
Cool
ElCubano6 months ago
Is this... Legal?
stretch25457 months ago
It was fun to make! I made one this evening
stretch25457 months ago

very impressive and intuitive Grant! this is a "Have to do"!

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