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9" nails as ammo: New slingshot pumpgun!

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by JoergS, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. JoergS

    JoergS Well-Known Member

    Here is my latest work... a repeating slingshot crossbow, shooting 9 inch nails.

    This is in continuance with my Chu-Ko-Nu based design line. This time, it is bigger than the pencil shooter, but a lot smaller than the chest mounted spear launcher.


    The ammo is - nine inch (23 cm) nails. Those are cheap, about 8 Euro-cents a pop (10 Euros for 120 of them). Of course you have to cut of the head, done in about one minute.


    The repeating action is done by pressing the butt against the chest and pulling back with both arms, like in a rowing machine. This is needed as you need a lot of draw force to throw the heavy nails - each weighs 76 gramms (1276 gr). The magazine fits ten of them.


    With a bit of extra effort, you can very easily enhance the tip by sharpening it. I even hardened the tip of this one.


    It works great. I may add more rubber soon, but already this is very effective. Like a Chu-Ko-Nu, but more compact and with a trigger!

    Here is the video:

  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Neat. Wondering how far they'll go accurately.

  3. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    Looks like you've reinvented the Chinese repeating crossbow. I'm always delighted at your inventiveness.
  4. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Intriguing idea.
  5. sawdeanz

    sawdeanz Well-Known Member

    Looks like a lot of fun!
  6. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

  7. Mauser lover

    Mauser lover Well-Known Member

    Wow, rubber band gun of doom...
    What do you plan to use this on? Is this some kind of firearm replacement for someone who lives somewhere it isn't possible to get a firearm?
    If so... Looks like it would be a good replacement!
  8. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting! I also am interested in the accuracy and range of it?
  9. JoergS

    JoergS Well-Known Member

    Here is the video - sorry for the indoor filming, lots of rain.


    The weapon is very good for distances up to 15 ft - then the nails will start to tumble. If you use front heavy bolts (wooden, aluminum or carbon shaft, steel tip), then the effective range is more like 20 yards.

    I think this makes a good self defense weapon, much quicker reloading vs. a single shot crossbow and very intimidating. One hit with a nail in the belly, and a burglar/attacker wants a doctor more than anything else in the world :)
  10. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    JoergS, that is about the neatest thing I've seen in a while.

    I hope you don't mine if I share your video on facebook.

    Also, what are the bands that you are using for this nail gun? I still have a few weeks before school actually starts, and I'd like to attempt something like this to shoot in the backyard.
  11. thepumpfaction

    thepumpfaction Active Member

    I saw this vid! I subscribed to you on youtube. I'm a huge fan! You build some amazing things.
  12. JoergS

    JoergS Well-Known Member

    Go right ahead an post it on facebook, that's fine with me.

    I used Thera Band Gold, 6cm x 13cm, two bands per side (looped). Since the video was shot, I added another identical band in Thera Band Blue, effectively making the bands 30% stronger. This is pretty much the limit of the material (wood is groaning under strain already).
  13. XDJ

    XDJ Well-Known Member

    It's a good thing it only holds ten "bolts" because we all know that 11 would just be too dangerous.

    I love your videos and slingshots. Keep them coming.
  14. Dr. Sandman

    Dr. Sandman Well-Known Member

    You should submit this idea to industry. There are many people out there who would buy this.
  15. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Trent Reznor could make a fortune selling them!!!!
  16. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Might there be a way to add fins to the back, like an arrow to help stabilize for longer range?
  17. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    As always, I love your stuff.

    Could you put your patterns in a PDF format for download so we can try making our own?
  18. JoergS

    JoergS Well-Known Member

    The dimensions of the weapon depend very much on the size of the nails. A pattern would really only work if you use the exact same nails I have. It is not likely that this will be the case.

    The weapon is very easy to understand, though. Only two moving parts - the trigger/sear and the slide.

    As I said in the video, fins aren't the key to a stable flight. Front heaviness is. Fins are important for bows, as they are needed to overcome the archer's paradox (the arrows wobble after the shot). For a weapon like this, there is no such effect as the acceleration is very linear.
  19. 7mmstalker

    7mmstalker Well-Known Member

    Very good engineering, an effective weapon built from common materials, using basic skills.
    Joerg, my compliments, true strength of intellect and inventiveness.

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