Blowgun Darts

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Introduction: Blowgun Darts

Make a real blowgun from parts readily available in most homes!

Step 1: WARNING!

This IS a weapon and it IS dangerous. The blowgun should never be pointed at another person, and be careful where you shoot it. I've had the darts ricochet back towards me several feet on occasion. Also, be careful of pricking your fingers, eyes, etc. while making the darts. Thanks.

Step 2: Materials

Pencils - Staples pencils are cheap
Pushpins - The ones with balls for heads
Yarn - I used red, any color will do
PVC Pipe - about 2 feet of 1/2 inch PVC

Step 3: Tools

Scissors

Step 4: Step 1

Carefully (without destroying them) pull the metal parts off the pencils.

Step 5: Step 2

Cut the yarn into about 2 1/2 inch pieces. You will need 4 or 5 pieces per dart. The pencils can be thrown away, or sharpened on both ends to look cool.

Step 6: Step 3

Push the pins through the eraser from the metal end. Try to get them to come out as close to the center as possible. Only go in far enough to see the point on the other side.

Step 7: Step 4

One at a time, wrap 4 or 5 pieces of yarn around the pin. The method for wrapping is demonstrated on a pencil so you can see. When you've wrapped the yarn around the pin, push the pin the rest of the way through the eraser.

Step 8: Final Step (Optional)

Download ("http://www.mytargets.com/Target4%20red%20circles.pdf") or draw a target, pin it to a piece of corkboard(bulletin board), and practice your aim.

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    149 Discussions

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    KiNG07
    KiNG07

    13 years ago on Step 8

    Yo. Your blowgun, would work for approx. less than 3m due to the short length of the pipe, and yo dont even have a mouth piece??. The mouthpiece can improve the PVC pipe by making more pressure behind the darts only if ur darts dont have space in the back (cone) part. Yarn would be a bad idea, i tell u. Try film paper. Where is your tutorial about PVC pipes? Yo shud know that PVC pipe bend at the centre thus deflecting the target????

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    Kryptonite
    Kryptonite

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 8

    I guess that the maker used a fairly skinny pipe due to the width of the dart, but it would not be hard to put another layer of yarn around the outside. And for a general target-and-fun thing, you don't need specific shaped paper cone, and paper crumples. Also, due to the thickness of the pipe, the PVC pipe would not bend much.

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    TheMadScientist
    TheMadScientist

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 8

    if you want, instead of yarn just stick the pin through the middle of a flat cotton round, fold it a bit as it goes in so it's even and BAM, instant cotton cone flight.

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    FunkNattidelic
    FunkNattidelic

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    i have a pvc blowgun about 2 feet long and it shoots up to ten feet. my five foot blowgun will shoot up to one hundred feet or more ( depending on how much lung capacity you have ) i can get it to go about 70 feet.

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    randy1_21550
    randy1_21550

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    use copper tubeing and make a mouthpiece out of epoxy and fiberglass compound

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    FunkNattidelic
    FunkNattidelic

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    sorry, i left this out, And, it doesnt have a mouthpiece.

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    Zippo1234
    Zippo1234

    10 years ago on Step 7

    these darts are really good for shooting around the house but they are very light weight and don't get good distance.

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    clickydamir
    clickydamir

    14 years ago on Step 7

    Hey, can you tell me what I fire these through. Oh, and can you also tell me where I can find a good yet easy DIY Crossbow. I need to find a design for Design class at school. Don't worry, the teacher said I could make one.

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    Kryptonite
    Kryptonite

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    My friend and I just used two pieces of wood about a foot long each, stuck them together in a T shape and used large rubber bands as the elastic. It's not too hard, instead of looking for some one else's, just draw a cross bow on a piece of paper, simplify it and make it out of wood.

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    octo137
    octo137

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    yeah, i do the same thing, but with a clothes pin to hold the the arrow like the real ones.

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    Kryptonite
    Kryptonite

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    We just made a trigger the other day, it's awesome.

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    octo137
    octo137

    11 years ago on Introduction

    but see, for about ten times less money and work you could make a good strong and accurate bow and arrow

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    figure8onabight
    figure8onabight

    11 years ago on Step 8

    all you need to make a blowgun is a length of 1/2 in pvc a 1/2 in threaded female adapter and a threaded to smooth male adapter. stick the female on the pipe (cut it first) load the dart, then screw the male adapter in and blow. hope this helps ya'!

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    Kryptonite
    Kryptonite

    11 years ago on Step 8

    Fair enough, blowguns are pretty straight forward anyway.

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    da man
    da man

    13 years ago on Introduction

    how far and accurately will it fire?????????

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    ich bin ein pyro
    ich bin ein pyro

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    the distance and accuracy depends on the blowgun. short guns have more power and less accuracy. longer ones have more accuracy but less power. the sweet spot length is dependant on your lung power. i guess there is no answer to it...

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    Gibson_SG_95
    Gibson_SG_95

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, the longer it is, the more power and accuracy there is. Ive seen your comments all over blowgun and other gun instructables. By chance do you like projectile weapons? lol.