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Make a Medieval Gun Shield Part 3: The Gun

In this part of the tutorial we make the gun.


The gun took me a bit to figure out. The big thing about it is that you have to be able to operate it one handed while holding the handle of the shield with your other hand. It does that. And it has a magazine so it can be loaded with multiple shots.

The gun

This is what we make in this part of the tutorial

You put the ammunition in that top tube. Pull the end on the left and release it. The projectiles will shoot out the right.


The Materials:

  • 18 inches of PVC Pipe. It is 1/2 inch diameter pipe. And you can buy it at any home improvement store for less than two dollars. PVC is a type of plastic. Very easy to work with.
  • 10 inches of 1/2 inch wide wooden dowel.
  • A rubber band or several rubber bands
  • Some tape, preferably electrical tape
  • Hot glue, optional but good to use


A picture of PVC

Let's start by cutting the pieces. (there are only three pieces)

1. Cut a piece of the PVC pipe 14 inches long

2. Cut a piece of the PVC pipe 4 inches long

3. Cut a piece of the PVC pipe about 1/2 inch long

4. Cut the wooden dowel to a length of ten inches


Clean the cuts

After you cut the plastic pipe be sure to clean the cut ends really well. Clean the inner and out portions. We don't want any burrs or points that our projectiles could get stuck on.








Drill holeDrill a hole in the 14 inch piece of pvc. Right in the middle (Seven inches from either end). Drill your hole around 9/16 wide. 5/8 is about right too.

If you don't have a drill you can cut away a hole about 5/8 square. It will be ok. Read through the rest of the tutorial to see what is important about the hole. It just has to cleanly accept your projectile from the smaller tube.




Clean hole3

As we did with the end cuts clean the hole very thoroughly. We don't want any burrs or irregularities from stopping our gumballs from moving smoothly and easily.






Glue pipes togetherNow use a hot glue gun, if you have one, and glue the four inch length of pvc right over that hole. Match up the pipe and the hole as best you can. You want to be able to put the gumball in that four inch pipe and have it fall right into the longer horizontal pipe through the hole you drilled.

If you don't have a hot glue gun don't worry. Just move on to the next step and tape the two pipes together.





Tape pipes together

Tape those two pipes together so they are nice and tight and nothing will shift.

Now let's make the rubber band powered firing pin.





Rubber band on dowel

Put the rubber band over one end of your wooden dowel like this.








Glue ring on

Then glue the half inch pvc ring you cut right over them both. This secures the rubber band to the wooden dowel. And the pvc ring acts like a stop.








Now let's mark the dowel. Put it up against the tube assembly like this. Notice where the index finger of my right hand is. ANd then put a mark on the dowel where the yellow arrow shows. This is your mark for how far out to pull the dowel when firing the gun.





Now slide the dowel into the pvc pipe on the left. And slide the rubber band over the vertical pipe. It should all look like you see it here.

Firing the gun means pulling on the rubber band. And this will cause stress on that upright pipe. So let's tape things to take the stress off it.




Use some tape and tape down that rubber band to the horizontal pipe just like you see here. Tape it nice and tight. This secures the rubber band and takes the pressure off the vertical pipe.

NextOk! The gun is complete. Let's continue and put the two together, finishing the gun shield




How to Make Chainmail:

This is a tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to make chain mail. I show you which wire to use, how to create the rings and how to weave the actual mail. How to make chainmail. I will also be doing a tutorial on how to make a piece of chainmail armor.


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