Clothes pin gun

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  1. asemery

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    Clothes pin gun
    I am dating myself this toy was popular with my my Boy Scout troop
    back in the early 50's. If our parents ever knew about it they never stopped us.
    Uses small paper wads, dried peas,wooden match bits, etc. as ammunition. Caution - although this can be considered a toy the ammunition is fired with force and can really sting. Can put your eye out.
    Step 1. Assemblying the zapper
    Take clothes pin apart and file (or cut) a right angle in the spring groove of one side of the pin as shown. Reassemble the pin using a rubber band as shown.
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    Step 2. Cocking the zapper
    Place the spring on the outside of the zapper as shown. Push on the inside bar of the spring (I used the half of another cclothes pin) until the bar rests in the right angle notch you filed in step one. Place ammunition where indicated
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    Step 3. Firing the zapper
    The barrel of the spring serves as the trigger. Pull the barrel towards the rubber band so that the inside bar of the springs pops out of the right angle notch.The bar will send the ammunition flying. Be careful where you aim the zapper.
     
  2. blind & lost

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    We used to make rubber band guns with clothes pins and a stick.
     
  3. JohnP

    JohnP No more half measures Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I’ve made a lot of those clothes pin guns. Hadn’t thought about them in years.

    JohnP
     
  4. CowboyJesus

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    i had forgotten that one too! simple fun times, right? and i know i have a bag of those clothes pins......
     
  5. Meat Hunter

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    My dad showed me how to make those back in the day. Wow, totally forgot about them. We would load the big strike on anything matches out of it. Fire in the hole......
     
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    I too made those as a child, but had forgotten how to. Thanks for the post young fellar. Something else to teach my grandson to irritate his mother with. Pay back is rough ain't it. joe
     
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    I've made those too as a kid. Too much fun. Thanx for bringing this cool little unit back into our bush crafting lives @asemery! :) lb
     
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    Now clothes pins will be put on a watch list.
     
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    hours of fun and mayham, back in da 50's :dblthumb::dblthumb::dblthumb:
     
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    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    YOU’RE GONNA PUT YOUR EYES OUT! :p
     
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    mtnoutdoors Prov 27:17 Supporter

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    :cool: safe glasses 1st @NevadaBlue that way you don't shoot your eye out. ;) very cool I well have to try to make one. Thank you for sharing with us @asemery.
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