Introduction: Steampunk Radium Pistol
Second Prize in the
Wicked Lasers Contest
I created this "radium" (laser) pistol from an old circa 1940 hand drill that I refinished, a 200mW 532nm green laser/LED flashlight, and a sound board from a broken laser gun toy. The extended handle is made from a madrona tree that fell in my yard, this wood cracks like you wouldn't believe and is extremely difficult to work with, but it has a beautiful, dense grain which I clear coated with a satin finish. Getting the chuck out of this drill was a nightmare, but with some heat and extreme force it finally broke loose. The laser/flashlight is fitted with its battery compartment removed and a brass fitting with external power wires installed to hold it in place (where the chuck used to be.) I had to do some serious milling with a dremel to get this arrangement together. There is also an internal sleeve that activates the push buttons for the LED's and laser (or both at the same time) by simply twisting the nozzle. I also replaced all the original screws with brass ones and fitted a brass lanyard ring to the base of the handle in place of it's original power cord. It may look like I touched up the beam in the pictures but it was actually a bit foggy out when I took them. I did smoke a cigar in the greenhouse to enhance the effect for those shots though. It runs off of three AA batteries that are in the main housing where the motor used to be.
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