Introduction: Make a Simple Match Gun

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I have been very interested lately in homemade warfare. I have made lots of cool and powerful crossbows, but i felt like making something much smaller. It is small, powerful, and shoots pretty far. Not only does it look cool, but you can just slip it right into your pocket!

Step 1: Gather Materials

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This is a very simple pocket gun. All you need is two clothespins, super glue(instant drying spray is optional), a file, some sandpaper, and a lot of free time!

The picture shows another view of my match gun. I took the springy thing off for this one.

Step 2: Get Started

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First you will need to disassemble your clothespins. You can discard one of the metal things, but you have to keep one. (you will also need of knife of something sharp) Get all of your other materials ready.

Step 3: Making the Body

i will show you a video of another peg gun i have seen. It shows you how to make a good body. Then i will tell you how to make the banana clip and the handle(they are for looks). it turns out i don't know how to put on video, so just go to youtube and find the video called "how to make a peg gun" and use that one for the body.

Step 4: Making the Handle and Clip

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now you have only one clothespin left. cut one half of the clothespin into two parts. then file and sand it down until it curves a little. Then glue it in the center on the bottom(like the picture shows). then take the other full part of the clothespin and cut it in half like the other one. glue the two parts together and attach to the gun


pyromaniac123456789 (author)2013-10-03

You could cover the barrel in the match striking cardboard you find on the box of safety matches so it catches on fire as it launches but the wind might blow it out

pyromaniac123456789 (author)2013-10-03

Nice gun but quite hard to cock...

chrizw123 (author)2011-03-02

this looks like an ak74u

james4 (author)chrizw1232012-06-27

Excuse my nerdiness, but there isn't such thing as an Ak-74U it's actually called and AKS-74U :3.

TheInventor1997 (author)2010-06-12

when i made it, the spring is too tough to cock

Then get some weaker clothespins!

heheheq (author)2010-07-13

You know that match? Light it on fire then shoot. It's pretty damn awesome :D. Also, take a needle, stat it THROUGH a match, so it sticks out in the back and front. Then light the match on fire and shoot-results? A very hot needle with a burning match around it melting through Styrofoam.

IdealL (author)heheheq2011-04-07

Why not just bend it a little bit so it's easier to cock?

crazyman1221 (author)2008-04-16

To bad it takes to much time or I would have made one. If you could make sum and sell them. That would be nice.

he could make casts of them and just buy the springs and mass produce them

greymatter21 (author)2010-05-25

it would realy look like an ak47 if u made a stalk and had a longer barrel;D

applefritters (author)2010-05-19

if you flip the body, you could put the trigger near the handle.

Apple_4_life (author)2010-03-13

be more specific and show pics on what you did to help people know what to do over all 3.5-5 (due to vagueness)

Colonel88 (author)2009-12-13

Pretty bad instructions.

Jupitane (author)2009-04-14

It kinda looks like an MP-40! Paint it black!

Wafflicious (author)Jupitane2009-11-10

thats a good song

The Jamalam (author)2009-06-28

If you put it in the other way round and fire it, will the friction cause it to set alight? =)

mettaurlover (author)The Jamalam2009-07-26

it'll light both the match and the gun on fire.

airsoft man (author)mettaurlover2009-08-29


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(seabear) (author)mettaurlover2009-07-26

no it wont... unless you soaked the gun in turps or gasoline, cos' the match wont stay on the gun long enough to light the gun.

mettaurlover (author)(seabear)2009-07-27

quite possible... though it may end up lighting it or at the very least making it very hot.

(seabear) (author)mettaurlover2009-07-28

fair enough

surferioz (author)2009-08-04

i tried this it is really hard can somebody help me. i tried to make a tooth pick launcher and it didnt work so i am going to try this. and by the way i cant tell which video on youtube to watch i looked at a lot of hem and none of them have the same design u have somebody help

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cupojoe999 (author)2009-06-26

i cant get mine to shoot i get it to look like yours with out the handle or banana clip but when i push the spring down it completely ovoids the tooth pick i put in it it also dose not shoot matches, they cant make it out of the barrel. any one have some advise (besides "make the hole bigger" i have tried to make it bigger and it just gets worse)

rockercjm (author)2008-06-12

I made a bunch and painted them camo. They don't take all that long to build. Plus the camo mine took about 40 minutes each. I am also selling them. Great instructable btw.

potato wings (author)rockercjm2008-11-19

hey rockercjm if you are selling them i'll buy one of you but what country do you lie in.

rockercjm (author)potato wings2009-06-18

Sorry i havent logged in in a REALLY long time. I sold all the ones i made to my friends and i don't have the time to make anymore.

zascecs (author)rockercjm2009-05-12

Ummm., look at his license.. It says NON-COMMERCIAL! He could sue you...

rockercjm (author)zascecs2009-06-18

Not really.

IgnorantZebra (author)2009-06-15

How do you do this with safety matches? Could you line the barrel with the striking surface? CT320

chau_brothers (author)2009-05-25

i don't have any matches but i do have toothpicks can they be used as ammo?

samarai (author)chau_brothers2009-06-15


chau_brothers (author)2009-05-26

so if i can make the barrel smaller i can shoot toothpicks? P.S. if you know the answer, please reply

samarai (author)chau_brothers2009-06-15

you can do it with the same size. it will just fit a little bit looser. if you have it too tight it won't fire smoothly

chau_brothers (author)2009-05-26

i don't know if i am watching the the right video how do i know??? please help

chau_brothers (author)2009-05-26

VERY GOOD TOOL PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ANYONE it is fun but please don't :D :-) P.S. i am making one of these

ski539 (author)2008-03-23

Cool!! im gona make this but im still a little confused. lol. but does anyone know where to get strike anywhere matches from?

ak49er (author)ski5392008-06-13

wally world (walmart)

bylerfamily (author)ak49er2008-12-05

my sister calls it wally world too.

J-Manoo7 (author)bylerfamily2009-04-06

my grandma calls it Wally World lol

bylerfamily (author)J-Manoo72009-04-06

Small world.

xwx (author)bylerfamily2009-05-11

I call it Wally World too sometimes @.@

bylerfamily (author)xwx2009-05-12


kimiharu (author)ski5392009-03-21

canadian tire and yes i am canadian eh!

I_am_Canadian (author)kimiharu2009-03-30


zascecs (author)I_am_Canadian2009-05-11

ummmm..., oh.., ah.....>=|
what do you say if you're not canadian...

Canadian? Sure you are *Pff*

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