Camera Gun Stock

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Do you photography? And do you love firearms? Well, here's a project that combines both of your hobbies! (sort of)

Here's a cheap and easy instructable that would you stabilize your camera with the help of a buttstock to help you with low light photography!

Step 1: Tool and Materials

Tools

- Ruler or any other measuring device
- Metal file
- Hack saw
- Drill
- Drill Bits


Material

- A tripod ( The tripod WILL BE UNUSABLE after this project. So use one that is broken or one that you don't mind giving up for this project)
- PVC pipe with the external diameter of 27mm
- Butt stock ( I'm using a Magpul one here. You don't have to get the real one, just get a replica from an air soft shop. )
- Screws
 = 5 X Countersunk screw ( Be sure that the head of the screw is smaller then 8mm )
 = 2 X Round head screw

Step 2: Dissecting the Tripod

Step 1

Using the hacksaw, saw off the entire length of the thinnest tripod leg. Be sure to have at least 24cm or more. ( I removed the whole entire lengeth. You can do your own adjustments if you like yours to be longer)

Step 2

Remove the camera mount. 

Step 3: Drilling Time!

Follow the dimensions given and use you drill and add a few holes into the tripod leg.

Take note that the tripod leg is rather flimsy. so if you do not want to press to hard on the drill. I used smaller drill bits to make pilot holes so that the drill does not run about and it also lessens the pressure needed for the bit to cut.

After drilling, screw in the counter sunk screws in to the bar on to the PVC pipe. You do not need to drill the pipe as it's easy for the screw to penetrate the pipe and it also gives a tighter hold.


Step 4: Camera Mount!

Now attach the camera mount at the end of the pipe away from where the holes were drilled.

Make sure that the mount as parallel to the tripod leg as possible.

For the Magpul butt stock, i had some trouble releasing the pipe as there's a lock in the butt stock that did not go low enough to release pipe. So i added some epoxy to the latch to increase the height of the latch to lower the lock further when i pressed on it.




Step 5: The End Result!

If everything works out, you should have something like this!

A Camera butt stock that is fully adjustable!

Hoped you enjoyed this instructable!

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    arpoky

    5 years ago on Introduction

    OH NO YOU HAVE AN ASSAULT CAMERA WITH A HIGH CAPACITY FILM ROLL! FEINSTEIN MUST BAN IT!
    LOL JK. This is a great idea.

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    wbsbadboy

    5 years ago on Introduction

    It looks like the sighting aperture is a bit off to the right. Doesnt that make it a bit uncomfortable to sight streight through it?
    Just my thoughts, but wouldnt it be easier (and save the tripod mount) if you used a 1/4" bolt with some washers and a nut to tighten with up through the PVC and just mount the camera to that?
    I agree with BLEVINE. You do have good taste in equipment.
    Smitty

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    flammingfartwbsbadboy

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Smitty!, yeah the mount is offset a little to the right but that can be easily fixed by adding a few nuts in between the pipe and the camera mount shifting it to the left a little and the reason i used the mount is so that i can tilt the camera 90 degrees to the left using the mount if i ever need to. Many thanks for taking a look! :D

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    evo803

    5 years ago on Introduction

    There is a commercially available item called " Bushawk" it has been made for years and has a buit in trigger. I have used and seen one and they work very well for in flight shots with 300mm f2.8 lenses and bigger. I have little concern that these would be seen as a firearm .

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    Silence

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Gives a new meaning to "shooting" some pics :P
    I've got a spare nerf stock around here somewhere... hmmmm

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    nsavaria

    5 years ago

    Trigger mod is next right

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    gdawgtuk

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I would suggest not trying to take an actual photograph of the president with that gun stock camera. I would have serious worries about someone actually being shot out of misunderstanding...

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    imrobot

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hook up a Camera Remote and you could build a trigger!

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    Boomer1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I read about this years ago in a Hardy Boys book. But I've never seen anyone actually make one. Great looking job.

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    DootGat

    5 years ago on Introduction

    so ....a nikon f ... with an L lens .....you sir have very good taste

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    M3G

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! I was trying to figure out how to make something like this, thanks for posting!

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    glitch88

    5 years ago

    great idea ! i would attach a broomstick to the lens, and a grip to the bottom with shutter switch/trigger. don't go too far though, if it's too tactical it might start killing people on it's own

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