Throughout this Instructable I will demonstrate how to make a spring loaded deadfall trap using your paracord gear. When in a survival situation, you can unravel your paracord gear and create a spring loaded deadfall trap to catch small game for a meal.
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Step 1: What You'll Need
- (4) foot long sticks roughly 1 inch in diameter (1 not shown in picture)
- (1) 6 inch long stick roughly 1 inch in diameter
- (1) 5 foot long sapling/tree (must be alive, and flexable)
- A rock to use as a hammer
- A large rock to use for deadfall weight (Ideally 2' x 2' x 5")
- Paracord bracelet or other gear
- Knife/sharp object for cutting cord
Step 2: Prep Work
- Look for burrows or nests.
- Locate game trails.
- Find rivers and streams.
Start off by sharpening the ends of 3 of the foot long sticks. These three will be hammered into the ground. Sharpening the ends will make it much easier to hammer them into the ground. If you don't have a survival knife, use a sharp rock, broken bottle, or anything you can find. If you snap the stick the rigtht way you can get a pretty good point.
Step 3: Preparing Your Cord
- To get the most use out of your paracord you're going to only use the sheath to make this trap.
- Cut/snip both ends of your paracord to loosen the guts of your cord.
- Pull out the guts and set aside for later use. Do not misplace the inner strands.
Step 4: Building the Foundation of the Spring.
- Take two of your foot long sticks and hammer them into the ground using a rock.
- Make sure they are roughly 2 feet apart.
Step 5: Making the Trigger.
- Cut a 6 inch piece of the cord for this step.
- See the diagram below to understand the positioning of the trigger.
- Using a rock hammer in another foot long stick in the proper location.
- Tie your 6 inch stick like shown in part 2 of the diagram
Step 6: Loading the Spring.
- Cut a 2 feet piece of cord to use in thie step.
- See the "top view" of the trap in a diagram below. This will help with positioning on the trigger, and spring stick.
- Also view the video below on how to cock the spring stick.
- Weave the spring stick in between the two sticks you set in the ground in step 3.
- Tie the cord to the end of the spring stick. Use the top view diagram below to get a better understanding of positioning.
- Pull the spring stick towards the trigger and tie the cord to the 6 inch stick on the trigger. Make sure you have a good bend in the spring stick so when the trap is triggered it deploys as fast as possible.
Step 7: Setting Up the Deadfall Rock.
- Find a heavy rock that has some size to it. Ideally a wide, long, and thin rock about 2' x 2' x 4". But again whatever you can find will work, even if it has to be a heavy log.
- Take the last 1 foot stick and lean it up against the deadfall weight over the trigger.
- Sometimes the trap has a hard time deploying if the stick digs into the ground. If the ground youe working with is soft and forgiving, use a small rock. Place the rock under stick which holds the deadfall weight up. This will insure the stick is pulled out quick, and easily by the spring stick.
Step 8: Tying the Spring Stick to the Deadfall Weight Holding Stick.
- Cut a 2 foot piece of cord to use for this step.
- Being careful not to trigger the trap, tie the cord from the end of the spring stick to the bottom of the deadfall weight holding stick.
- Notice it's not a tightly tied cord. You want to leave it loose like shown below. Leaving the cord loose like this will create a "snapping" effect which will aid in the deployment of your trap.