Step 1: Watch the Video!
Step 2: What Is a Mini Matchstick Gun?
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
- Some wood glue
- A utility knife
- A simple clothespin (Just make sure it's the wooden kind with the metal spring.)
- Some scrap paper
- Wooden matches
- Wooden toothpicks
Step 4: Making the Mini Peg Gun
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.
Step 5: Gluing the Pieces Together
The flat sides of both pieces should be coated with a bit of wood glue, and pressed together.
I tried using a dab of wood glue on a scrap piece of paper, then carefully slid the pieces through it, giving them both an even coating.
Simply press the two sides together, wiping away any excess glue, and let it sit for a bit.
After about 5 to 10 minutes it should be just strong enough to attach the spring.
Step 6: Attach the Spring
The spring should easily hold itself in place.
Your peg gun is completely finished now and ready to use!
Step 7: Ammunition Options
If your barrel is too tight, you can dry drilling it out with at 9/64 drill bit, or whatever it takes to get your matchsticks to fit. However, keep in mind that the bigger the barrel, the more damaging it will be to the tip of the gun.
To load the pocket pistol, just insert a matchstick and continue pushing until the spring hook slips into the bottom notch.
The gun should cock itself automatically, and be instantly ready to fire.
If it doesn't, don't be discourage. Just tweak it and play around with it until it does. Every gun is a little different and has a bit of a different personality.
You can hold it just like a little pistol, and when you're ready to shoot, simply pull the trigger.
It's amazing to see, just how much power is stored in the spring. That's evident by how it slams forward in just a fraction of a second, blasting projectiles over 20 feet away.
Now this will work with toothpicks as well!
Just snap off one of the sharp ends to expose a broader surface.
From a distance of about 6 inches, there's just enough power to penetrate the skin of an apple. Of course, the closer you are, the deeper it penetrates.
Step 8: Simple Modifications
Well there's how to turn a humble clothespin into an amazing little desktop weapon.
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