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After playing around with the Bic bow and arrow, I came up with this little modification.
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Step 1: Materials

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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.


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

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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!
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james42 years ago
Am I the only one who has corrupted photos?(photos will not show)
rubik1228 years ago
Can u put up a link to how to bild a pen bow?
jaknife1102 (author)  rubik1228 years ago
here is the link for the bow and arrow
were wat link, can u make another link or explane how to make the bow and arow in a comment? thanks ;)
blonday3 years ago
hey can someone comment how to make the bow and arow cos my computer wont open the file thanks ;)
dilbert2273 years ago
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.
vishalapr3 years ago
Hey this is really cool! Have a look at my catapult and crossbow I made with clothespins, thought maybe you would like it!
what if you dont have a clothespin what do you use then?
If you don't have anything... then use YOUR HANDS to do it...... it works better....
jaknife1102 (author)  crazytalkingtree4 years ago
Use any sort of clamp, as long as it is strong enough to hold everything together.
jeffbud983 years ago
sooooooooooooooooooo awesome but wat is some other ammunition i could use
just take some old pen refils... or ballpen refils.. sort of ...for ammunition...
mr.origami5 years ago
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
was the lockdown because a student was found dead in the hall with a pen-sized hole in his neck?
I think so
bz28924 years ago
this is too cool
d3mond00d4 years ago
Use the base from and the pull string to fire, and this design, and then you can conceal it in a loose sleeve =P.
dphung4 years ago
What does it shoot??
The ink cartridge... Although skewers work too. XD
Stripes0034 years ago
I built these all the time in elementary school. Big hit on the playground
zrocker5 years ago
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..)
JAY-G zrocker4 years ago
how do u make this
win, like duck hunt in real life
isaac! zrocker5 years ago
ndog564 years ago
sup guys click on this to make a bow arrow
fail link
Mr.Unknown4 years ago
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
Mario344 years ago
this is very nice for rat hunting just use a sharp thing lololololol
ndog564 years ago
dude next make the bow and arrow in the instructable it is alot easir
account3r24 years ago
clothspin with strong rubberband= ultamate clothspin!!! bwahaha
neat! I made one only I used pvc pipeing but it still turned out cool ;3
darknet74 years ago
Rimwulf4 years ago
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:
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.
-KungPow-5 years ago
 awesome stuff man. ima try it.
cubyrop35 years ago
 very, very cool. thanx for posting
kablamo6 years ago
if you want to stab what you said check out my instructable.
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