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Ever notice how secret agents and spies get all the cool gear? Now you can, too!
Make your own mini grappling hook out of everyday office and household supplies, then let let loose on a top secret mission from Her Majesty's Secret Service.

This grappling hook design was built from the new book Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2. This book has over 30 types of weapons and gadgets which can all easily be built with office or household supplies, most of which I had on hand already! I chose to build a personal favourite, the grappling gun. I recently got my hands on a copy of this book, you can read my review here.

Enough talk, let's make a mini grappling hook!

 
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Step 1: Tools + materials

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Tools:
  • masking tape
  • needle-nose pliers
  • hot glue
  • drill + bits / saw



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Materials:
  • floss container (full)
  • pencils x2
  • ballpoint pen (with removable back)
  • clothespin
  • cap from large marker
  • rubber band
  • pill/medicine bottle
  • paperclips

Step 2: Hooks

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To make the grappling hook, start by straightening out 3 standard paperclips. Then, half each paperclip and wrap in masking tape. Using pliers, bend each wrapped paperclip into a hook-shape, refer to the picture for bend locations and degree.After all 3 paperclips are bend into hooks tape then to the ballpoint pen cap to secure them.
EnderMine6346 months ago
Amazing
Warwolf 17 months ago
Hipple
abkb7 months ago

this is sweet

Subdood8 months ago
You are going on my Awesome collection.
This is freakin beast! Best thing I've seen on Instructables for a while. (Yes, I've been creeping for five years or so without an account. X3)
YoYo McEpic9 months ago
This is the coolest thing on instructables
Dom Toretto9 months ago
Made my own it probably doesn't shoot as far but it is more concealable
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bugattiblack10 months ago
Does anyone know where I can get a travel size plastic bottle 3.4 fl. oz. or smaller?
bugattiblack10 months ago
Teachers beware that's hilarious
peyton1410 months ago
Love this mike! I made a penny/ change cannon since my friends started a penny war. I'll make an instruct able sooner or later.Keep up the good work!
mdman101 year ago
Nice. I made one using the Youtube video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b__hTORlR_Y
Very cool.
raclaw741 year ago
The motor to wind it back up does work I've done it before
raclaw741 year ago
The motor to wind it back up does work I've done it before
I made one too.. I just lost it in our old house. My brother shoots it and makes the hook grab onto my shirt and he pulls me.. It's kinda annoying when my brother uses it.. But once I use it it becomes less annoying and more cool and spy-like.
totally one hindered and infintity percent awesome
adale1231 year ago
nice
adale1231 year ago
how far can it shoot?
bsg681 year ago
Does the gun work cause I haven't tried it yet
Jacky P1 year ago
Thank you
Jacky P1 year ago
This is my gun
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mikeasaurus (author)  Jacky P1 year ago
Nice looking grapple! How far does yours go?
For sharing your version I've awarded you a 3-month Pro Membership and a digital patch. Way to go!
Jacky P1 year ago
I made it and it didn't work!
mikeasaurus (author)  Jacky P1 year ago
What didn't work? Show us pictures!
emilolip1 year ago
Teachers beware!
kayra1 year ago
nice idea thanks you ı can't wait to make this
stop removing my gun or i am really gonna be pissed!! please mikeasaurus i am following you this gun is one of my favourites what else do u want me 2 do? for heaven's sake stop this!!!!
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mikeasaurus (author)  Captainsparklez1 year ago
Sweet grappling hook. FOr sharing your version you get a 3-month Pro Membership and a digital patch!
Than mike
thank you very much!!! this has been my in one of my two favourites i mean,this gun is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!¡ whoops upside down exclamation mark.........
mikeasaurus (author)  Captainsparklez1 year ago
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say,don't you have any new ideas? post more instructables on guns,plz.
popewill2 years ago
That, my friend, is pure epicness. One more reason to stall on my homework, consider me inspired. If you'll excuse me I'm going to search my house for supplies. I'll take pictures.
Done. Sorry for the bad quality, I took this picture with my webcam.
I also wasn't able to keep the hooks on long enough to taker the picture- whoops!
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mikeasaurus (author)  popewill2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your version! You get a digital patch and a free 3-month Pro Membership. Enjoy!
where is my own digital patch and a free 3-month Pro Membership!!!! please give me one 2!! or else i will ******!!!@@###%%**&*&&__+(
Ahhh... stalling on homework.. Im doing it right now!
This is my grappling hook gun. I didn't have a wooden clothespin so I just release the elastic band by hand. I only have 2.7 m of floss though. But it shoots really good.
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I made one too, but I didn't have a wooden clothespin so I had to use a plastic one. Now my hook don't shoot that far :(
Magh2os2 years ago
i added another barrel to mine so it shoots pencils as well as the grappling hook! i hid the string, too.
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mikeasaurus (author)  Magh2os2 years ago
Awesome, thanks for sharing!
Where/how did you hide the string? I would be neat to show us how you made yours on your project page.

For posting your version of this project you've been awarded a 3-month Pro Membership and a digital patch!
the string is curled up inside the M&M tube handle, and here is a hole running through the lid and pencils base where the line comes out! i duct taped it so i could still use the tube without much difficulty.
vek112 years ago
You know what'll be cool, if you used a motor and attached it to the dental floss. That way, it'll be easy reloading.
My black and green version of the grappling hook. didn't shoot very far :( ,but it looks cool:)
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Toasty22222 years ago
Awesome instructable! I have tried to make many office supply weapons but none of them end up actually working. This one however, successfully shot the grappling hook thingy 5 meters!!! Hooray!
I think ill use a spool of thread
mint0012 years ago
Didn't shoot to far. But I loved making it.
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mikeasaurus (author)  mint0012 years ago
That looks pretty good! You should try it again with different materials and see if you can get it to shoot farther.

For posting your version of this project I'm awarding you a digital patch and a 3-month Pro Membership to Instructables; enjoy!
mint0012 years ago
Is there a reason for the floss? Or can you use normal cotton string?
mikeasaurus (author)  mint0012 years ago
Floss is thin and light-weight, but any thin string would work well.
thanx
instead of a pill bottle I used a film canister. it works just as good.
good idea, can you share pictures of your version here so we can see?
I didnt take any pictures before it got thrown out sry
wonderdog012 years ago
Dude I have that same book it is awesome
What is the name of the book
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
i just made one and they are pretty awesome! I used a pen lid for the handle and i didn't put paper on the hooks. It doesn't go too far but I guess thats because I used 2m floss not like 10m
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mikeasaurus (author)  NanoRobotGeek2 years ago
Nice! maybe you could try doubling up on the elastics to make it shoot farther?
I'd like to know your results!

Enjoy the patch and 3-month Pro Membership!
How do I see my patches??
Thanks for the tip. I tried and now it does shoot further!!! Thank for the awesome instructable!
yapoyo2 years ago
I made the hook. It is quite useful- i pulled down some paper airplanes stuck on a ledge with it.
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yapoyo yapoyo2 years ago
Why wont anyone reply!
hello i replyed to u
ok.......................
dude your so lucky you can make one
finally someone replied.......
mikeasaurus (author)  yapoyo2 years ago
Whoa, yours looks great! And, you were able to rescue your paper airplane?! That's awesome!

Enjoy the patch and 3-month Pro Membership!
Thanks, man! I had been waiting for like 4 months, and it feels great to have this! Im only 13 by the way.
how did u make a the c4 plz can u tell me
adoni232 years ago
If i replace the medicine bottle with a spool of thread it would still work?
yapoyo adoni232 years ago
yup!
RoboTable2 years ago
This is my version of the grappling gun, the grappling hook launches from the center of the launcher rather than the exterior. I don't know if this makes it a better launcher but, I personally, however like the look. Thanks for the inspiration!
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mikeasaurus (author)  RoboTable2 years ago
Nice build, I like the curled, unfinished paperclip hooks.

Enjoy the patch and 3-month Pro Membership!
Thanks, I even made an instructable for it.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-Grappling-Gun/
(Don't worry, I gave you credit)
chad4442 years ago
WHO KEEPS A HOT GLUE GUN IN AN OFFICE!
baba4 chad4442 years ago
the man who made this instructable?
me.
lol
Awesome Instructable. I made it but with a minor adjustment i used a pill bottle which has to be opened at a certain point meaning it just keeps spinning so it acts as a reel.
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mikeasaurus (author)  The Science Guy2 years ago
Neat idea with the reel, how far does it go?
Enjoy the digital patch and a free 3-month Pro Membership!
Thanks it goes around 5m!
freeza362 years ago
I made a couple earlier today, but i took out the grappling hook idea, meaning I made pencil launchers. Also, instead of using a clothespin, i used a binder clip
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mikeasaurus (author)  freeza362 years ago
Whoa, that first one looks like it could be quite the launcher.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy the digital patch and a free 3-month Pro Membership.
Thanks. I looked and i could see the patch, but i couldn't see any signs of a pro membership. I will keep looking
mikeasaurus (author)  freeza362 years ago
check your inbox!
i just got 2 patches
Kiteman2 years ago
Where's the video of you climbing a wall in a black rubber suit?

Or am I thinking of a completely different Instructable..?
Acorn51 Kiteman2 years ago
Heh, nice!
mysterion2 years ago
made out of everything in my desk drawer! i call it....office "rail" gun
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mikeasaurus (author)  mysterion2 years ago
That's so awesome! Have you started any skirmishes at work yet because of this?

For sharing your version, you get a digital patch and a free 3-month Pro Membership. Enjoy!
It was dissasembled shortly after my boss showed up!
Pettrocity2 years ago
What if you modified the floss dispenser so that the floss just came off the spool in the dispenser, and attached a lever so that it could be re-wound?

-Gnoseon
mikeasaurus (author)  Pettrocity2 years ago
You should make it and show me how!
fjordcarver2 years ago
Awsome!
wolf9962 years ago
This spark the inner thief in me. LONG LIVE SLY COOPER!!!
depotdevoid2 years ago
Sweeeeeet I'm always looking for new ways to annoy the people I work with.

With a range of 6 meters I could easily fire this at someone's desk and start yanking stuff off of it!
SHIFT!2 years ago
Having been fortunate enough to receive this exact model as a gift, I have to say that this truly is a fantastic weapon! Its now my most preferred method for keeping annoying song birds away from my dorm room!