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Giant Machete-Shooting Slingshot

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

82 thoughts on “Giant Machete-Shooting Slingshot

    1. 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?”

        1. 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)

    1. 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]

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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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.

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