I'm from the city that started the whole 100-mile diet craze. I already do my part eating locally, but I can't survive on root vegetables and berries alone. I need the thrill of the hunt - I need more!
As a city dweller my options to hunt for meat are limited to the indigenous fauna, in my neighbourhood it's mainly racoon and seagulls - both feed on garbage and probably taste terrible. What's an urbanite with no gun license going to do if he wants to be sustainable while striking a balance between the 100-Mile Diet and my love of shooting what I eat?
You make a gun, a gun that shoots pepper, and you blast away every sorry steak that crosses your dinner plate.
Behold, the pepper grinder gun!
This toy has an electric pepper grinder at the end of the barrel, fashioned to look like a silencer. The gun trigger operates the pepper grinder when pulled, and there's a switch near where the safety switch would be that toggles the operation of the light, sounds, and vibration of the toy gun.
Ready to dispense delicious peppery justice all over your food? Let's make!
Check out the first prototype pepper grinder gun.
Step 1: Dismantle
The battery holder is wired to the grinder motor, and is connected by two small clips. Pressing these clips allows the grinder motor and batter housing to be separated. Using a soldering iron, the leads from the grinder motor were desoldered.
The battery housing was flipped over, there are two copper leads that form the switch of the original pepper grinder. Since we are going to be using a different switch type in another location, these leads can be connected by soldering them together.
The battery pack should now just be a bank of 4 AA batteries with 2 leads and no switch. We'll set the pepper grinder aside for now, and come back when we've modified the toy gun.
Step 2: Toy Projectile Analysis
The idea is to use the existing toy electronics and combine it with an electric pepper grinder. Here's the finished circuit
Step 3: Add "safety"
I added my "safety" switch on the toy's safety catch. I cut one of the leads from the toy gun battery pack and soldered 6" wire leads to each severed Each new lead was attched to a SPDT / SPST switch. Heat-shrink tubing was used to seal every connection.
With a sharp hobby knife and rotary tool a small opening was made under the toy gun's safety switch. The switch was placed in this opening and hot glue was used to hold it in place.
Step 4: Second Contact
Where the spring lead makes contact when the trigger is pulled is a post with a wire coil around it. The coil was larger than it needed to be, so I trimmed it down to half size and made a new connection lead from the trimmings. A spacer was placed between the two coils, allowing each circuit to be closed at the same time without interfering with each other. The new coil was wired to the pepper grinder battery pack.
Step 5: Second Trigger Shelf
After the glue has set, I used needle nosed pliers to shape the plastic shelf to mirror the existing spring shelf on the other side.
Step 6: Grinder Support
The funnel was slipped on to the wooden spoon until the wide spoon end was seated fully inside the funnel. The exposed wood handle was then measured against the depth of the toy gun barrel. Using an indeliable marker, marks were made where the spoon handle was to terminate inside the barrel housing, and where the wide spoon end met the inside surface of the funnel. A rotary tool was used to make two clean cuts.
Next, an opening was routed out on the wide end of the spoon to securely hold the grinder and a channel was carved down the length of the spoon handle to conceal the wires - a rotatory tool was used for both. Hot glue was then used to secure the opening in the wood handle to the motor of the pepper grinder. The wires were then pressed into the spoon channel.
The funnel was then slid back onto the grinder/spoon assembly and seated fully. A mark was made on the inside of the funnel where the grinder housing met the funnel, and then a rotary tool was used to trim the funnel to the right size. More hot glue was used to secure the funnel to the grinder/spoon assembly.
Lastly, the wires were fed through the toy barrel housing and the wood dowel was seated in the barrel opening and hot glued in place. Any rough edges on teh funnel were cleaned up with sandpaper after to give a smooth transition from grinder to funnel.
Step 7: Decoarative Muzzle Guard
I bought an A4 (8.5" x 11") sheet of matte black construction paper and positioned the silencer/grinder along the top of the long side of the paper. I drew some guidelines with a pencil and a straight edge. I then used a quarter as a template and traced an offset pattern of circles along where the clear acrylic of the grinder hopper would be wrapped, this will allow th elight we moved inside the hopper to be shown through the muzzle guard. A sharp hobby knife was used to cut out the circles.
The muzzle wrap was then rolled around the grinder body, excess paper was trimmed and the wrap was glued to itself around the muzzle. It's important not to glue the paper to the grinder housing, as the muzzle guard will need to be removed to refill the clear acrylic peppercorn hopper.
Step 8: Gun Strap
The strap clip was connected on the front sight opening, and at the heel of the toy. My toy didn't have a place to clip the strap to on the heel, so I drilled a small opening in the a area clear of electronics and passed a bent paperclip through a few times to make a doubled ring.
Step 9: Fire Away!
This is actually the second build I made with this idea. The original plan was to hide the pepper grinding mechanism entirely inside the housing of a toy gun. The first attempt was bulky, and I fried the electronics is shortly after completing the build.
Check out the first prototype pepper grinder gun.
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