Introduction: Bic Crossbow

After playing around with the Bic bow and arrow, I came up with this little modification.

Step 1: Materials

Clothespin - Honestly any sort of clamp will do. The stronger it is, the longer you can make the shaft.

Pencil - Can be replaced for something longer. See above.

Tape

Bic bow and arrow - use a big thick rubber band, it makes things shoot a LOT farther.

Step 2: Bow and Arrow

this is how to make the bow and arrow. I wont get into those details here, so go make the bow and come back to step 3 after that.

Step 3: Finishing Up

Tape the clothespin (or clamp) to one end of the pencil. make sure the clamp end is facing towards the opposite end of the pencil.

Use more tape to attach the bow to the other end of the pencil. See pictures for details.

NOTE: if you wrap another rubber band around the cloths pin, you can make make the clamp stronger. if that doesn't make sense, just ignore this - its not essential. try it if you are having trouble getting the projectile locked in place.

Step 4: Loading/Firing

load the ink cartridge just like you do for the bow and pull it back so it clips into the cloths pin. aim, and fire!!

Load the ink cartridge just like you would with the original bow. Pull the rubber band and "arrow" back and clamp it in your clothespin (or whatever you decided to use).

To fire, just release the clamp, and watch it go!

Comments

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james4 made it!(author)2012-06-19

Am I the only one who has corrupted photos?(photos will not show)

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rubik122 made it!(author)2007-02-20

Can u put up a link to how to bild a pen bow?

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jaknife1102 made it!(author)2007-02-20

here is the link for the bow and arrow

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blonday made it!(author)2011-08-22

were wat link, can u make another link or explane how to make the bow and arow in a comment? thanks ;)

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blonday made it!(author)2011-08-22

hey can someone comment how to make the bow and arow cos my computer wont open the file thanks ;)

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dilbert227 made it!(author)2011-07-26

If you wish to prevent picture blur, use better lighting so your digital camera uses a sorter exposure. An instructable is only as good as its pictures.

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vishalapr made it!(author)2011-07-20

Hey this is really cool! Have a look at my catapult and crossbow I made with clothespins, thought maybe you would like it!

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crazytalkingtree made it!(author)2010-06-21

what if you dont have a clothespin what do you use then?

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k.bipin made it!(author)2011-07-13

If you don't have anything... then use YOUR HANDS to do it...... it works better....

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jaknife1102 made it!(author)2010-06-22

Use any sort of clamp, as long as it is strong enough to hold everything together.

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jeffbud98 made it!(author)2011-07-11

sooooooooooooooooooo awesome but wat is some other ammunition i could use

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k.bipin made it!(author)2011-07-13

just take some old pen refils... or ballpen refils.. sort of ...for ammunition...

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mr.origami made it!(author)2010-02-21

i almost got caught at school by the f***ing principal me and my friend made like ten of these and we had a war at school and when ever the teacher turned around we sarted shooting each other then my friend shot at me and as soon as it the crossbow the principal walked in announcing a lockdown and almost caught us

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facilitator476 made it!(author)2011-06-06

was the lockdown because a student was found dead in the hall with a pen-sized hole in his neck?

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jackcade made it!(author)2011-07-10

why

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ShadowAssassin17 made it!(author)2011-06-27

I think so

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bz2892 made it!(author)2011-03-29

this is too cool

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d3mond00d made it!(author)2011-03-22

Use the base from https://www.instructables.com/id/Hidden-Crossbow-version-20/#step1 and the pull string to fire, and this design, and then you can conceal it in a loose sleeve =P.

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dphung made it!(author)2011-03-22

What does it shoot??

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d3mond00d made it!(author)2011-03-22

The ink cartridge... Although skewers work too. XD

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Stripes003 made it!(author)2011-02-06

I built these all the time in elementary school. Big hit on the playground

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zrocker made it!(author)2009-06-04

this is frikin awzum! I used a razor blade, and the blade went through 1/2 inch thick ply wood! Ok, prepare yourself for this next part: this sounds pretty unbelievable but... well i was outside near the birdfeeder and a bird flew about 15ft away from me. I shot the razerblade crossbow, and it stuck in the frikin bird!!!!!! it flew away squaking!!!!!! (i nvr did get that razr blade back, though..)

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JAY-G made it!(author)2011-01-22

how do u make this

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Supercoke made it!(author)2011-01-16

win, like duck hunt in real life

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isaac%21 made it!(author)2009-07-22

nice

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sadrabbits made it!(author)2009-06-22

lolol!

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ndog56 made it!(author)2010-11-09

sup guys click on this to make a bow arrow

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Supercoke made it!(author)2011-01-16

fail link

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Mr.Unknown made it!(author)2010-12-02

i built this and used a binder clip and put it farther back. i also fired a skewer and it went through a towel i have in my backyard as a target

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Mario34 made it!(author)2010-11-11

this is very nice for rat hunting just use a sharp thing lololololol

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ndog56 made it!(author)2010-11-09

dude next make the bow and arrow in the instructable it is alot easir

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account3r2 made it!(author)2010-10-31

clothspin with strong rubberband= ultamate clothspin!!! bwahaha

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Arts_and_Dots made it!(author)2010-10-27

neat! I made one only I used pvc pipeing but it still turned out cool ;3

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darknet7 made it!(author)2010-10-04

Cool

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Rimwulf made it!(author)2010-07-30

How about instead of using pens for ammo use bamboo skewers and cut them down.You can make a BB gun that can do the same thing or better I got it from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aObEq2kEINk#t=02m04s

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PopeLeonidus made it!(author)2010-04-23

I found this project on a different website, so I tried it myself, creating Russel McBacksington.  It was alright.  I added duct tape stabilizers which went from the crossbar to the clothes pin.  That didn't do much, just looked cool.  There was a height difference from the barrel to the clothes pin, though.

So, I worked on Rodger Babbington, Russels older stepbrother.  Rodger has a raised crossbar and clothes pin, eliminating the height difference.  I wrapped athletic tape around the pinching part of the clothes pin, reducing misfires.  I also added my own personal touch, a handle with a quill attached.  It is absolutely EPIC.

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-KungPow- made it!(author)2010-02-24

 awesome stuff man. ima try it.

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cubyrop3 made it!(author)2010-01-22

 very, very cool. thanx for posting

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kablamo made it!(author)2009-04-05

kikass!!!

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venom1539 made it!(author)2009-12-16

if you want to stab what you said check out my instructable.

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Colonel88 made it!(author)2009-12-13

Instead of pencil put ruler and instead of  clothespin put black binder clip.

Ruler is moar stable and binder means it is 100% from office supplies.

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chaosmagus made it!(author)2009-10-15

I made something like this, i didn't have a clothespin, soI improvized a hook that pulled up when I pulled on the end. Greatfun, I shot all my pencils at my classmates.

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MotorMan2 made it!(author)2009-06-11

On step 2 the pic didn't show up you sure you put one.

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gdtripp made it!(author)2009-10-02

click on the words "this it the model i used to make the cross bow." it'll take you to the bic bow and arrow instructable :)

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Blood+Wolf made it!(author)2009-09-24

where is the pic I need to see the model in order to build it.

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phanjonathanm made it!(author)2009-08-21

dude lol i had none of the right equiptment...
i used no clamp thingy ittl be finger,
a sharpened pencil(up 2 papermate),
athing where u pull the pen out,
and a broken rubberband and it works fine
good job =D

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Sgt+Fenix made it!(author)2009-06-12

I made this; if you add different rubber bands you can get it to shoot extreme distances(for a pen crossbow) i got mine to shoot 100+ feet

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Beyondalllimits made it!(author)2009-04-20

i used an Mid sized office clamp instead of the clothing pin its stronger, and it stays closer to the pencil. the only problem is that its pretty wide, and hard to tape down

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6joshuaherring6 made it!(author)2009-03-16

LOL i made one at school coz everyone was throwing pencils so i made a crossbow that shot pencils point first. i won in one shot. it embeded itself into the plaster and everyone crapped themselves . to make them more powerful you can use a longer barrel and the royal mail red elastic bands. in the end i converted to fireing bbs and shotgun pellets through tin cans.

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red-king made it!(author)2008-11-18

this is like a macgyver type thing lol.

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