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I love Cory Doctorow’s droll description of this creation almost as much as I love the thing itself:

This handy gentleman has built an (arguably ill-conceived, but nevertheless impressive) rifle-cum-slingshot that fires machetes, should you find yourself with the need to fire machetes.

The handy gentleman in question is YouTuber Jörg Sprave, slingshot enthusiast par excellence. He blogs about it here. [via Boing Boing]

How-To: Make a Machete From a Leaf Spring

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Rich Regan

    Some people have too much time on their hands.

    • Les Clay

      If makers didn’t have “too much time on their hands,” you’d probably have to work twice as hard, without the tools and technology used in your landscaping business.

      I’m just waiting for the machete-slinging Gatling gun. Now THAT would be SOMETHING.

      “What’re you up to, kids?”

      • Rich Regan

        Or maybe a machete-slinging lawn mower?

        • Patrick

          or maybe a low-mover-slinging-sling-shot-rifle-cum-(Completely useful/less(depending who your are(i find it useful on many levels)and how you’d use it) machine)

  • Moped Master

    Looks Safe

  • Greg McMahan

    I’m am so going to build this in preparation for the zombie apocalypse… I feel safer already! Thank you Joerg Sprave, you’ve saved us all.

  • Anonymous

    There is not a single chance of something going tragically wrong here.

  • Tony Burkhart

    Me like. Way too cool, thanks for sharing this!

  • William Jeffrey Miller

    rifle-cum? wtf?

    • David

      Heheh – it’s Latin!

      cum [kʌm] – prep
      used between two nouns to designate an object of a combined nature – eg. a kitchen-cum-dining room.
      [Latin: with, together with, along with]

  • Jeff Johnson

    Awesome! it appears to have an effective range of about five feet against cardboard.

    • Rhinofeeder

      He was that close so you would be able to see the crossbow and the target at the same time. He couldn’t stand too far away, because if the guy holding the camera was near the target, then he would die if the crossbow misfired. He already got cut. There’s a reason for everything, so if you don’t know it, then don’t be such a dumbass shitface.

      • Sam

        You take things way too seriously. chill out.

      • Jeff Johnson

        bullshit! take a look at the tumble on that thing, the only thing this guy is prepared for is a cardboard apocalypse.

    • james_isaac09

      Actually Jeff, with the (optional) peep sight that distance is almost doubled to 3yds and with the right ammo (machete long range) the effective range goes out to 10 feet. Do some research dumbass shitface.

      • Nick Carney

        ROFL! I love you James.

  • Daniel Damnage Ferraro

    Definitely part of my zombie apocalypse arsenal. Make some smaller ones that shoot steak knives, just gotta put a repeating mechanism and we could have a semi-automatic knife gun.

  • D R

    Shoot darts with a slingshot–watch your hand, though.

  • Shawn Draffen

    the person you shoot this at would catch it in midair and chop your arm off lol..

  • Owen Gingernuts Lucas

    No need to worry about the zombie apocalypse then!

  • Devyn

    He scares me lots..

  • Jason B

    Sweetness. I’ll take two.

  • Smart Azztacular Navarro

    something tells me on 3:46 that cut on his forearm is from a machete.

  • Anonymous

    I drove a Sebastopole neighbor kid to the hospital recently. I was working in the yard and Heard a horrid scream. He had Built a this F*****g Death machine from Makezine. What the F*** is wrong with you O’riley?

  • Rebekah Perry

    jason would have loved this

  • neva

    this thing is so awesome

  • Anonymous

    This guy is seriously wearing an “E-SPIRIT” t-shirt.

  • Anonymous

    What’s kind of disturbing is that the machete being launched looks like it has dried blood on it:/

  • Rich Zelman

    Before you go knocking this specific design, check out some of Jörg’s other designs. Some are downright frighteningly effective, some are very innovative, some are really just there to be fun, but they’re all awesome.

  • Austin

    Ever seen that video of the woman trying to launch a watermelon…

  • Andy

    This is hands down the most retarded thing I have ever seen. I guess if your target is always two yards away and made out of cardboard you may have a chance of pissing it off. If you manage to hit it that is.

  • Kevin Hopkins

    i liked this before i watched the video, it just looks cool

  • Shawn Powers

    this guy looks like my cousin Eddie.

  • Shawn Powers

    this guy looks like my cousin Eddie.

  • Joseph Mondragon

    jason has a new weapon to kill with

  • Matthew Bradburn

    He is that guy in your neighborhood

  • Matthew Bradburn

    He is that guy in your neighborhood

  • Matthew Bradburn

    He is that guy in your neighborhood

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    Really awesome

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