Introduction: Powerful Pocket Crossbow! (No Rubber Bands or Cloths Pins!)

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I have constructed some Popsicle stick pocket crossbows out of some things lying around at home. I am contemplating a step-by-step instructable for everyone, however I'm worried some kid will make one and decide it was a good idea to shoot his sibling in the eye at home. These are extremely powerful for their size. (even a blunt ended bolt [basically the flat end of a nail] ripped the skin off of my leg and made me bleed.) with that being said, I am in no way responsible for what you do if you decide to try and re-create what I have here.

I used popsicle sticks and pieces of paper clips as the triggering mechanism, around a 4 inch piece of steel rake for the bow, and jewelers wire/crimps for the draw string. 

This is my first Instructable, if enough of you like it, I'll post how I made it in the coming weeks or so.

Thanks for viewing. :).


Noodle Lord (author)2016-11-10

were are the instructions?

YuetYoungA (author)2015-10-12


imgarimasingh (author)2014-12-26

great stuff.. !!!!!!!!!

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-04-30

this is the one I made today, the bolts are wire coat hanger peices

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-04-28

this is the one I made

Bloody Cleaver (author)2014-02-21

Plz make an instructable

Triggerhappy101 (author)2014-02-12

Dude that's cool, please show how to make it, i really in to pocket/mini crossbows at the mo.

Dromaeosaurus (author)2014-01-09

I love it. claim it isn't your responsibility if someone hurts themselves, and it's the guardians responsibility. I love the smallest one, it's very cute :).

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-01-01

I made one with a hacksaw blade it works awesomely and shoots 20ft

Killrwulf (author)2013-12-05

Plz make instructable

cyoun525 (author)2013-07-05

are you going to make it
plz make it

snowfalcon1 (author)2012-11-30

The latest crossbows from Snowfalcon laboratories:
∆ Delta 1.2
∆ Delta 2.1
∆ Delta 3.1

The ∆ Delta 2.1 uses a linear trigger assembly, the rest use a rotary one, like the ones pictured above.

elkhuntr (author)2012-07-22

please post the .able i wanna know how to make them

H1ST (author)2012-04-03

i havew also made a couple of these using the same design as yours however i made a few differences such as a small spring for the trigger mechanism, a metal clip to hold the bolts in position and i used junior hack saw blades as the bows, which work pretty well but i always think theyre going to give way and break

Slurpee801 (author)H1ST2012-04-18

Nice. I also have a metal clip up front, i'm not quite sure what you mean by holding them in position. That's the only metal clip I'm seeing. I was using a popsicle stick on top as my clip, at least at first. I ended up forming different ones out of metal wire and duct tape, they work well and look much better. Much like the ones on my toothpick crossbow. I didn't go with hack saw blades because well... They're for my hack saw. Ha ha. An old broken rake sufficed. Also I didn't see as much power in hack saw blades, they seem rather flimsy compared to the rake teeth. However, hacksaw blades are probably much easier to get a draw string on. So what are you worried about snapping? The draw string, or the bow itself? I haven't had any bows snap on mine, just the wire I use as my draw string. It took 3 months of abuse, but they eventually snapped in the middle.

iminthebathroom (author)2012-01-10

I think you should feel ok posting a step by step as there are many potentially dangerous instructables posted her, mine included. If anything if you post the correct way to do it safely and how to control the safety aspects you will most likely keep younger ones safer. How? because otherwise they will find sites that do offer shoddy instructions with little thought as to their repercussions. Make dangerous somewhat safe, the ones that poke their eyes out generally were destined to do that somehow anyway.

That's a good point. The only thing I keep asking myself is: Am I legally held responsible for what these kids do? Because I honestly have no clue as to what the laws are on that.

this seems moderately difficult if a kid could make one he wouldent shoot himself in the eye

I'm much more worried about them shooting some other living creature. I've had my much less powerful version of these that shoot toothpicks stick into my finger. These would easily penetrate skin, let alone someone's eye. I for one enjoyed shooting my friends with airsoft guns. We had wars all the time without eye protection. So, I can see kids making the same stupid mistakes I did. However, these aren't 6mm plastic bbs. They're Sharp pointed objects that fire at roughly 250+ feet per second.

but if a kid tried making one on his own it could be more dangerous

What's your point? You're kinda switching sides here. Are you telling me kids will be safe if they could make one, or they could be a danger to themselves or others if they attempted to make one?

i mean that kids may try making one without the proper knolidge and hurt themselves

i see both sides to this but i have seen a lot more dangerous stuff on this site alone. like some of the creations by bitterberry9 will go straight through skin but he put it on saying that he is not held responsible for any of the damage they use with his weapons

Slurpee801 (author)meaner67882012-02-18

Plus no one really seems to like this project anyway. Which I understand, the materials for the bow are impractical. Not many people are going to want to cut the teeth off their rake, or go out of their way to buy jewelers wire, crimps, and a pair of crimpers just to make one thing.

However, if anyone is curious if string works.. It works pretty well. I used outdoor string specifically used for coats and made it much like real crossbow strings are made, but the force needed to pull it back, it broke a few days later. (probably because I put super glue on it) I decided on wire because it's much easier, and less time consuming to replace.

Slurpee801 (author)meaner67882012-02-18

I totally agree. But even though I'm saying I'm not responsible doesn't mean I'm not legally held responsible. I just don't know. I can't seem to find any laws on this. So as of now this is my only issue. I'll probably post a how to on my keychain crossbow, because it's much safer, but until I find out what I need to know this will probably stay as it is. :P.

Taimur (author)2012-01-14

Hey there!
Just curious.. didn't you made a crossbow just like this ones but all in small steel parts?? with 2 type of projectiles a piercing metal arrow and a blunt metal "arrow" ??

because i saw a video about it some months ago and the concept looks exactly the same

regards Taimur

Slurpee801 (author)Taimur2012-01-16

No, I didn't make the crossbow made of pure silver and gold. I don't remember the jewelers name, but all I can tell you is a jeweler made that piece. There were actually 3 different bolts he made: a sharp ended one, a blunt ended one, and a flaming one (Which was basically a sparkler). However, he did inspire me to make these. When I saw his crossbow, I wanted one. Unfortunately there was no way I was going to get a hold of his, or one as powerful as his. So I decided to make my own. Being low on silver and gold scraps, I made mine out of cheaper materials - Popsicle sticks. :). I can proudly say, my pocket crossbows fire with the same force seen in his video. I haven't tested the drawback force in pounds needed to pull my drawstring back. But I would have to say at least 5 pounds.

Isn't the concept of every crossbow the same? A bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock (not always wooden, we'll just say a stock) with grooves in the stock to guide the projectile.

Taimur (author)Slurpee8012012-01-16

Didn't remember it was made with rare metals... lol
Anyway You made a great job and I will be making one with the same principle, my only problem was thinking about the bow material I never thought I would have a good material that would bring enough tension to the wire.

about You doing such an instructable of it... I dont advise, You give already enough information to make one. There are a lot of information out there about doing an crossbow and this one is quite powerful for is size.
It is quite dangerous depending on the thickness of the bow..

Slurpee801 (author)Taimur2012-01-28

Well I used one of the teeth off of an old rake, and cut it down to size with a somewhat large wire cutter. Probably not the safest, but it was all I had. The ones on this page aren't confusing. Just 3 pictures gives you enough information to build one. Crossbows are pretty basic.

I do concur with you, though. I don't believe these are very safe if a child gets a hold of one. I'm currently working on a smaller version of these that shoot toothpicks, these smash the toothpicks to bits once they reach the wall. I have a prototype, and it works very well, I just haven't gotten around to posting it on here yet.

To those of you who do end up reading this, the toothpick shooting crossbow stores in a case roughly the size of a tube of chap stick. The only pocket crossbow that safely fits in your pocket without breaking, or poking you with anything. However, it does pierce skin. (I shot myself in the finger trying to shoot an apple, it went in about 1/8th of an inch) With that said, I won't be posting a how-to instructable. Just pictures of it. But on the bright side, it has the same trigger mechanism as these do. Just a different bow, and a rig to hold 3 bolts on one side, and a bow on the other side for storing it in your pocket. I'll have it posted in a few days.

cobalt420 (author)2011-12-31

hey Can you make a how to ible.



stevo-pwns (author)2011-12-31

Dude you HAVE to post how-to instructables for these!!!! they look really cool!!!

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