Clothespin Match Gun

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Introduction: Clothespin Match Gun

A simple match gun from a clothespin.

Step 1: What You Need

This small guide will show you how to make the simplest and most elegant clothespin match gun ever!

What you need:
1: Clothespin
2: Rubber band

Tool: Knife

Step 2: The First Cut

Cut away a small part. I like to just cut a small notch on each side and then break and trim with a knife.

Step 3: The Second and Last Cut

The rounded cut originally for the spring must be "squared."

Step 4: Assembly

Mount the spring as first image show. Sorry about the focus.
Then attach the other part with the rubber band.

Step 5: Loading and Safety

You load by lifting the top, small part over the spring and push it forward until the spring is caught in the notch. Then just press the top part backwards and the gun is ready when a match is mounted.

Remember to wear protective eyewear just like the contributor!

Step 6: Video


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    111 Discussions

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    ratnator88
    ratnator88

    12 years ago on Introduction

    hmmmm good instructable but i have an idea instead of using strike anywhere matches why dont you just light the match on fire and then shoot it. it should work shouldnt it

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    xXLMCXx
    xXLMCXx

    Reply 4 years ago

    I actually tried to light it and then shoot it, but the flame will just go out immediately. It will not catch the clothespin on fire if it is wood (that's the kind I used)

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    johndoe5595
    johndoe5595

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    if u did that the whole gun would probably catch on fire seeing as it's a wood clothespin.

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    person%
    person%

    7 years ago on Introduction

    thats cool
    it'd be even better if it lights when it shoots :)

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    james4
    james4

    8 years ago on Step 2

    Cool, I will defiantly make this.

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    ondejens
    ondejens

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is exact the same my dad taught me when I was a kid!
    Fun to see that other people know it as well. :)

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    kylekosan23
    kylekosan23

    9 years ago on Introduction

    this is on youtube a vid like it and you can achally use it to shoot airsoft bebes instead of maches

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    knex_mepalm
    knex_mepalm

    10 years ago on Introduction

     I put one of those match lighter things for safety matches under it and when it shot it shot a flaming ball...awesome...definetly..making another one tomorrow!

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    CaseBoy
    CaseBoy

    10 years ago on Introduction

     i made 1 but I used "creatures of the sea manatee" or super tiny rubber bands for braces and it works amazing!!!!

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    JavaNut13
    JavaNut13

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Now I know what to do with my massive pile of braces elastic bands!

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    sheepborg
    sheepborg

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I made one that was almost exactly the same... I used some strike anywhere matches and put it in the opposite way and it flings a now flaming match ant people! :D

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    xZCodmaNZx
    xZCodmaNZx

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     lololololololololololollolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol

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    Jupitane
    Jupitane

    11 years ago on Introduction

    OMG that is flipping aweome.. i just made it!

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    mcxznbv
    mcxznbv

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    holy shoot really? that is frickin amazing but besides, i made my own, it is kinda hard to get it t work. im sure it will come with time