Introduction: S.W.A.T Flykiller

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This is a Special Weapons And Tactics device designed to eliminate insects with clinical precision.
100% accuracy due to precision laser targeting.
100% kill or stun due to overwhelming kinetic energy pulse.
THIS IS NOT A TOY (But it's damn good fun.)

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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To make the SWAT Flykiller, you will need :-
A long, thin piece of wood - I used a piece 3 foot by 3/4" x 1/2" (900mm x 10mm x 12mm). Size not critical, but it needs to be light and not too flexible.
A length of 2.5 or 3mm elastic shock cord. This is the thin elastic which runs through the middle of long fibreglass tent poles. You can get it from eBay or any camping shop. Mine was a 2 foot piece which came in the 'repair kit' for our tent.
A pocket laser pointer - any colour you like.
A short length of plastic tube to hold the laser pointer. Mine slides sweetly into a piece of 5/8" (15mm) tube from the DIY store.
One strong clothes peg (clothes pin) for the trigger.
A few small screws and a short piece of thicker wood for the handle.

Required tools are a hot-glue gun, cyanoacrylate (10 second) glue, saw, small file, screwdriver.

Step 2: Trigger, Handle and Laser Mount

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Cut the end of the wooden strip (barrel) so it's slightly sloping (pic 1), and file a rounded notch in the end (pic 2). The side with the notch is the top of the gun.

Use a small file to roughen up the jaws of the clothes peg and file away the front edge to increase the angle so it will grab the cord better (pic 3). Hot-glue the peg to the wood on top and at the other end to the notch.

Cut a piece of the plastic tube 3 1/2 inches long and hot-glue it to the bottom of the barrel 1 1/2" back from the sloping end (pic 4). It must be exactly in line with the barrel.

Hot-glue the handle to the underside of the barrel, 15" back from the notch end (pic 5).

The SWAT Flykiller should now look like pic 6, and sliding the laser pointer into the tube should press the stud and turn it on.

Step 3: Attaching the Elastic

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The elastic needs to be prepared by slightly flaring one end and dribbling superglue in to a length of half an inch or so (pic 1). This will stop it fraying, make it easier for the trigger to grab and have more impact when it hits.

Make up a clip from a piece of scrap plastic and 2 screws to fit to the barrel, just in front of the laser tube (pic 2). Clamp the elastic in the clip so there's 17" loose to the prepared end. Don't cut the excess off, but take it around another screw and lightly glue it to the barrel out of the way (pic 3).

Step 4: Testing and Calibration

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Slide the laser pointer into the tube and the operating stud should be pressed down, turning the laser on. Insert it so the stud is pointing either directly up or down. Take the elastic up through the notch, and grab it in the jaws of the clothes peg. If the elestic slips out of the peg, beef up the spring with an elastic band around it (pic 2). The weapon is now ready for testing . . .

Find a piece of flat polystyrene foam and make several small splodges on it with a marker pen. From a distance of around two feet, centre the laser dot on the splodge and fire by gently pressing the end of the peg. The elastic will hit with a satisfying 'THWACK' and you should see a dent in the polystyrene, or possibly the elastic will embed itself.

If the elastic consistently hits either left or right of the spot, you've probably not been careful enough gluing on the laser tube. If the elastic hits high or low, turn the pointer over so the stud is the other way up. If that's no better, you may have to unstick and re-glue the tube with a slight slant to it. (Mine was dead on first time.)

Once you can consistently hit the splodges dead-centre, it's time to go hunting . . .

Step 5: Notes

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I was recently camping with the family and after a tent-pole failure, discovered the spare shock cord elastic in the repair kit. I spent an enjoyable afternoon twanging and tormenting the kids with the Elastic of Doom {evil grin}.
Once back at home, I found the elastic still in my pocket, and as we had a few annoying flies buzzing around, found you could twang them quite effectively (but not too accurately) with the elastic. Later that evening I saw my laser pointer sitting on a shelf and the idea was born . . .

I did wonder if this could be developed into a commercial product but found that someone has patented a device which uses the same elastic method to kill flies (but doesn't have my innovation of the laser targeting).

The elastic lasts about 100 twangs. You need to cut it back by a couple of inches, then loosen and pull more through the clamp.

Flies seem totally oblivious to red or green laser light shining on them.

I was going to do more pics and a video of this in action but I dropped my laser pointer on a concrete floor and broke it. New laser time, methinks.


bears0 (author)2010-12-24

get a burning laser and burn them from a really long range

MatthewEnderle (author)bears02011-12-29

but they fly off when heat changes significantly... i've tried... then I got the gassing stuff.

Hi, what do you mean by "gassing stuff", what's that?

codydean (author)bears02011-01-07

AHHHH, my leg is on fire.

bombmaker2 (author)2009-02-18


Modarius (author)bombmaker22009-08-19

Atom bomb? MUHAHAHA

Thundertydus (author)Modarius2009-09-28

Cobalt Bomb Beat That

bombmaker2 (author)Thundertydus2009-09-29

id prefer to gas em' CHLORINE GAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thundertydus (author)bombmaker22009-12-14

Cobalt bomb wins, NO MATTER WHAT!
It literally sets AIR on FIRE!

bendog38 (author)Thundertydus2011-05-02

Must. Figure. Out. How to build that!

bombmaker2 (author)Modarius2009-08-19


Totti11 (author)2010-09-19

its cool

dragonsniper (author)2009-07-14

mine requires a rocket launcher

mine requires a sentry gun and a flamethrower.

M134 Enough Said

mine requires you stop righting

Mine requires you to not reply to eight month old comments that are in a reply string to my comment.

pompom728 (author)mettaurlover2010-09-18

mine requires you to not re-reply to eight month old coments that are in a reply string to your comment

mettaurlover (author)pompom7282010-09-19

You have no say in this.

Quest for Questions (author)2010-07-26

this is an old instructable and just wondered if you gotta video of it

Porkchop683 (author)2010-07-18

When I was in the Navy, we used a yard stick and industrial sized rubber bands to hunt down and kill various fling insects on the barge in the shipyard. My best shot was five-feet.

Qtrowl (author)2010-07-14

Why don't you just use a rubber band gun?

old_code (author)2010-07-11

Great target, I mean - fly, photo (with description of part). Accurate; their lunch could be dog poo, or peanut butter, or that scab on your leg. Nasty, dirty beasts.

BlackSunCrafts (author)2009-11-19

 we made these as kids in the mid 70's and called them Peg Guns. we used them to annoy the seagulls that attacked my friends aviary and after about a fortnight of stingy elastics the seagulls decided the aviary was more trouble than it was worth.
The main ammo was plain elastic bands that the postman left lying around, but the rougher kids would add metal peg springs to the elastic and some injuries led to the banning by all parents.

Jakester987 (author)2009-09-14

dude thats awesome

mettaurlover (author)2009-08-26

If I am correct, flies are color blind. Therefore, they must think that the light is just the sun or whatever the largest light source is. This all lasts about half a second before they are shot.

Hardwyre (author)2009-06-02


jacknero (author)2009-04-01

OMG, I played with it around 60-70s...

Aklash, The hunchback (author)2009-01-25

good idea but my favorite method of fly killing involves an airsoft gun

wait i came up with a better idea, Can you say "SHOTGUN!"?

i like the way you think

Hiyadudez (author)2008-09-25

can u usea couple of elastic bands instead of the shock cord?

Wafflicious (author)Hiyadudez2008-12-04

yes but not as powerful

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2008-10-23

I make things like this and came up with an idea about a month ago, melt some led pellets and dip the end of the cord in it. can kill or leave quarter size welts

AndyGadget (author)2008-09-25

They would need to be pretty stretchy bands. You can stretch the shock-cord to twice its length, and it twangs forward just over its length (due to momentum). It may well work with a long, thick elastic band. I've found that thin shock cord works better than thick and rubber bands are thinner still . . .

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