Clothespin Pocket Pistol

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Clothespin Pocket Pistol

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When my father was a child he used to sit on the kitchen floor with my grandmother and they would modify matchsticks to become tiny rockets. They would shoot them inside and leave tiny scorch marks on the walls. Grant Thompson, the self-proclaimed “King of Random,” has compiled a fantastic project that steps this up about 1,000 notches. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat. After watching, you’ll have a hard time not falling into a spiral of binge-watching some of his other great videos. My favorites are the magic mud from a potato and the DIY spot welder.

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Editor’s note: Everyone knows that fire can be dangerous and toothpicks can hurt, right? Careful where you shoot and never put safety second.

0 thoughts on “Clothespin Pocket Pistol

  1. Bill Boehmer says:

    You’ll shoot your eye out.

    1. Sean Ragan says:

      It’s a major award!

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Paloma Fautley is an engineering intern at Make: Labs. She is currently pursuing a degree in robotics engineering and has a wide range of interests, from baking to pyrotechnics.

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