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How to build lethal weapons from office supplies

Why spend your money on common Nerf weapons when you can hack together a truly dangerous device by raiding the office manager's supply closet? It's almost worth the inevitable lawsuits.

super_maul_laaaaazer_300.jpgBehold, the Super Maul, a laser-guided, rubber-band-powered pencil cannon capable of puncturing a loaded soda can at close range. It's just one of several designs for weapons conjured solely out of common office supplies available at OfficeGuns.com. Why spend your money on common Nerf weapons when you can hack together a truly dangerous device by raiding the office manager's supply closet? It's almost worth the inevitable lawsuits.

(Found via Super Punch.)

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35 comments
aviator172
aviator172

... there is a restaurant called Hueys where the ceiling is covered in the toothpicks. If you ask, they will give you a cup with some straws and a lot of toothpicks.

aviator172
aviator172

Use some sort of pipe or spool. put a rubber band on both ends. Shoot something sharp and long like a pencil or a pen. You can add copper tips, which are very sharp, by cutting an arrowhead shape out of a copper heat sink from an old computer box. Bend the ends around your pencil or other projectile. This will go through clothing and cardboard, so be careful to shoot your target well!

chris
chris

is a stapler projectile launcher. just open, remove the stables and pull back the spring loader. It needs to be able to lock all the way open. set projectile, then release!

bratwizard
bratwizard

We need a follow-up article please detailing which employees and co-workers are expendable.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Once upon a time....after my first year of university I worked for a Member of Parliament in Ottawa. I shared an office with his executive assistant, who was clearly not challenged, and a little bored. We started with elastic fights, first using fingers, then elastics on rulers. We built defenses using binders so that a direct shot wasn't possible but a bounce off a cabinet was possible. We did eventually escalate to elastic launched paper clips. Sadly the inevitable happened. We were in the middle of a battle when the Member of Parliament walked in, the door being between the two of us. He narrowly escaped a paper clip to the head. Luckily he laughed. James

Tink!
Tink!

My co-worker (the one I always prank) has to come near my desk to get supplies out of the supply cabinet and to make copies. This presents an excellent target! :D

Tig2
Tig2

If you slug your co-worker, that is considered violence in the work place and is intolerable. If, however, you use an office supply, it is an accident and eligible for Workman's Comp. I have two big cups of Maulies on my desk. Hmmm.

DadsPad
DadsPad

Now if you could only put guiding feathers or similar to control its flight, you would have an office Cross bow! :D Edited because I could not spell Holy. :)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Clearly it's the quality content that relates to my daily IT workload. Good stuff, man.

Mike_G
Mike_G

Daily in my office there are battles between the Server group and Desktop group with rubber band weapons of some sort but this is maybe a little much. Of course I have to give it a try.

rebeccaaward
rebeccaaward

I checked our supply closet. One black pen, a dried out sharpee and a bent up manilla folder. Somehow, I think it will not make as impressive a weapon as the ones at officeguns.com

straightp
straightp

Some people are hazard enough without knowing stuff like this. Very interesting though.

Pennyman
Pennyman

One time at work we were talking about things we did for fun. I reminisced about fireworks battles in a warehouse. Another guy talked about how he rigged up an air zip gun and shot 1/4-20 bolts out of it into a 25 # box of soap powder sitting on top of a water cooler. A friend of his came in and asked what happened to the wall outside? The bolts had gone through the soapbox, out the otherside and blew out the cinderblock wall behind it. He was using unregulated air pressure, 120PSI+. He destroyed the gun and never used it again.

santeewelding
santeewelding

You stumble into a terror thread. Erase your tracks.

robo_dev
robo_dev

Can supply about 30 PSI of compressed air....couple one of these to a straw or pen tube and you have a VERY powerful multi-purpose weapon. The best ones are the air-dusters with the metal tips, since the plastic ones blow-off under pressure. A simple pop-gun can be made with an old 35mm film can with the metal nozzle shoved into a hole in the base of the film can. Pull the trigger and the film can lid blows off with a very loud pop. Fill the film can with talcum powder...... Don't forget that if you discharge the can inverted, it puts out a stream of -65 F gas (or at least -40 F). This can allow you to do neat things like shatter live flower petals, give yourself frostbite, cool your soda can, etc......

psquare11
psquare11

Try a plastic soda straw... nice smoothe bore. Then insert one of those hors d'oeuvre tooth picks (the ones with the cellophane brushes on one end) -- pointy end first of course. The cellophane makes a good seal while in the straw and a good stabilizer while in flight. Blow thru the straw (like a blow gun). Usually gets good range and accuracy.

TexasJetter
TexasJetter

I work in an engineering firm, and ages ago we use mylar for our construction documents. We found that when properly rolled to make a small tube the plastic file was very slick. Add to that a push pin with a yellow sticky note coiled around it and viola - a serious blow gun. We could shoot them 20' and have them stick in the wall. . . . kinda scary now that I think about it :P

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

for teaching me the name "Mauly". I never knew what they were called. We just refer to them as "those metal clips". I never knew the sizes were numbered, either. This place is a fountain of (useless) information.

GSG
GSG

Just go to thinkgeek.com and purchase the Marshmallow gun. Soft, so no permanent damage (you won't shoot your eye out), and the ammo is cheap and edible.

santeewelding
santeewelding

In my mother's "office" at the time, there were these things called, "clothespins", the wood kind with a bodacious spring. There were also big wood kitchen matches. First, steal some of each. Fiddling with the spring, removing and reclasping it in a secret way, produced an item with the coil of the spring on the outside -- the trigger. This thing would both grip the match and launch it by pulling the trigger, with a satisfying snap, ignition accomplished in the process. The flaming match would go a ways. Pare down the wood, preserving the head, and you could get 40 feet or so. My younger brother and I dueled with them. Then we sold the plans to an anarchist.

Ambercroft
Ambercroft

using a half inch EMT conduit ( used for electrical wiring ) and a #33 Marrette ( wire connector ) which fits nicely in has hit in the 40' range. You need room for this since uncut conduit is 10' in length. And a good set of lungs :)

ppaplaus
ppaplaus

This takes me back to an incident in high school... The guys in the very back row used to spitball the kids in front of them. Once I got so fed up with them that I took my bike tyre pump out of my bag, made a spitball, loaded it into the hole at the end, primed it with pressure, and tucked under my arm with the pump pointing behind me. When the next spit ball came, I opened fire. Four guys leaning on the back legs of their chiars fell over backwards and the rest of the class was startled by the noise (it made a loud popping sound). The teacher just grinned...

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

Bulldog clips. Open one up, apply to the soft skin on, say, the back of the wrist... Growing up I knew the name of the clip long before I found out a dog had been named after it :)

chris
chris

Binder Clips

santeewelding
santeewelding

Now I have to weigh down with specifications the trash bag, bug spray, and lighter in the office supply closet.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

in this thread. I see I lack significant training.

bobjorg
bobjorg

As a 74 year old geek who started pushing punch cards in 1955, your post brought back memories of doing the same thing in the 1940s. I might have learned it from my fellow altar boys. Was this just a San Diego County thing or do others know about it?

robo_dev
robo_dev

Nobody mentioned using the high-voltage electronics from a laser printer or CRT as a stun-gun...that's the way McGuiver would have done it......

zclayton2
zclayton2

a three foot piece of conduit with a steel wire and cork baffle will nail a vermin (AKA squirrel) to a tree at 30 feet. Very good for protecting valuable plants or bird feeders that would otherwise get eaten by the varmints. I am always amused by people who think the second amendment only applies to gunpowder devices.

Tink!
Tink!

are those heavy duty clips with the round middles. I would consider these just as painful, if not more so than the binder clips. :D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bulldog_Clip_2.jpg

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

lots of things. Mainly, how to teepee a house, create fire projectiles, and hold someone underwater. Ok, there were lots of 'good' things, but I seem to remember those the most :D

santeewelding
santeewelding

I learned how in the late 40s, early 50s in coastal Massachusetts, where I also first learned how to cuss, in Boy Scouts.

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