pepper grinder gun


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!

  • electric pepper grinder
  • electric toy gun (mine was $3)     
  • new SPDT switch
  • multi-core thin gauge wire
  • heat-shrink tubing
  • paperclip
  • plastic funnel
  • wood dowel (I used a wooden spoon)
  • black construction paper
  • rotary tool
  • soldering iron
  • wire snips
  • needle-nose pliers
  • hot glue gun
  • sharp hobby knife
  • sandpaper
  • straight egde

Check out the first prototype pepper grinder gun.

Obviously, this pepper grinder is a novelty and should not be taken outside the home.

Paso 1: dismantle

This electric pepper grinder was bought from Deal Extreme. The top half of the outer housing easily unscrews to allow for battery replacement. Once the top housing is removed, the battery housing and grinder motor are exposed. The lower pepper hopper can also be unscrewed.

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.
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BrianV1425 dice: Sep 29, 2013. 4:35 AM
That is the most incredible thing I ever seen
Kona-chan dice: Ago 28, 2013. 2:14 AM
but i think the cops will arrest me here in holland if i do that xD
i like the intro of the video
Bwilson+Props dice: Jul 25, 2013. 12:02 PM
BrittLiv dice: Jul 2, 2013. 1:30 AM
How come, I am seeing this just now? I have to make it as a salt grinder in August! It would go perfectly with my pepper grinding baseball bat.
mikeasaurus dice: Jul 2, 2013. 8:53 AM
Kitchen weapons are my new favourite thing! Can you share any hints about your salt grinder?
BrittLiv dice: Jul 2, 2013. 9:42 AM
Since I bought it, it is not that special. It looks like this one here
mikeasaurus dice: Jul 2, 2013. 10:15 AM
Still awesome. I've never seen that before. I've got plans on a cheese-grater gun, too. That one is slightly more problematic to design.
YeGreatOne99 dice: Jun 26, 2013. 1:01 PM
hooked at "delicious peppery justice"
hunter999 dice: Jun 25, 2013. 9:10 AM
kazmataz dice: Jun 10, 2013. 11:48 AM
I. Love. This.
HollyMann dice: Jun 10, 2013. 11:34 AM
Wow! That is awesome!!! :)
bajablue dice: Jun 8, 2013. 10:33 AM
Three observations:

1.) I've eaten seagull... it's not so terribly bad. Nothing that a little mallet-tenderizing couldn't cure. ;-)

2.) Some kid is going to be suspended from Summer school for talking about this on the bus.

3.) Awesome (absolutely INGENIOUS) work!!! :-D
Tarun+Upadhyaya dice: Jun 8, 2013. 5:57 AM
This is Awesome Mike :) Loved it.
JesusGeek dice: Jun 7, 2013. 8:54 PM
I like the fact it's a gun
travel_bug dice: Jun 7, 2013. 5:37 PM
hahaha... love it! And you're right, it would've been too badass looking for the Maker Faire!
bob3030 dice: Jun 7, 2013. 5:12 PM
Great job. I was thinking of making one but since I live in Colorado I am limited to a capacity of 10 peppercorns in such a device.
icsnerdics dice: Jun 7, 2013. 2:01 PM
fungus+amungus dice: Jun 7, 2013. 1:52 PM
This is the greatest thing you have ever made
ilpug dice: Jun 7, 2013. 1:20 PM
Now all you need to do is make an A-salt weapon to back up your kitchen loadout.

Aweome idea!
john_jarvis dice: Jun 7, 2013. 1:10 PM
MP5 - (More Pepper)
Made my day.
ElvenChild dice: Jun 7, 2013. 12:11 PM
Eat pepper punk!

(Personally, I cant stand to eat anything without salt on it, but I don't really like pepper.)
MidnightMaker dice: Jun 7, 2013. 11:55 AM
M3G dice: Jun 7, 2013. 10:15 AM
You weren't lying, it sure does look realistic! Nice job.
iceng dice: Jun 7, 2013. 10:12 AM
Nice !
Kiteman dice: Jun 7, 2013. 10:10 AM
Somehow, I'm not surprised...

(When are you going to launch the Kickstarter to get these into mass production?)
GorillazMiko dice: Jun 7, 2013. 10:01 AM
We should 3D print one of these.
M.C.+Langer dice: Jun 7, 2013. 9:55 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No way! It's amazing, Mike!!!