As promised, this is what I did this weekend. Well, actually, it took me about 20 minutes to do (including going to the store), but gave me much more fun. :-)
I got the plans from an instructables website... which is one of the best websites for a DIY'er.
I didn't follow the plans exactly, however, because I bought the wrong size pvc pipe (3' instead of 4'). So, I improvised. Here's the part list for mine.
- 1/2" PVC tee (quantity: 2)
- 1/2" PVC cap (quantity: 2)
- 1/2" PVC elbow (quantity: 2)
- 1/2" PVC pipe - 3" length (quantity: 3)
- 1/2" PVC pipe - 5" length (quantity: 1) (handle)
- 1/2" PVC pipe - 8" length (quantity: 2) (barrel and hopper)
- 1/2" PVC pipe - 6" length (quantity: 1) (mouthpiece)
- cotton ball, and tape (for design, etc)
- mini marshmallows (ammo)
The cotton ball is put in the 3" piece next to the handle, and it's so the air is directed straight thru to the barrel. I also add in a piece of tape so I'm sure nothing goes that way.
Anyway, put the pieces all together and you're ready to put ammo in and shoot. :-)
First remove the cap that's on the hopper. (top cap)
Load that baby up. :-) I've heard others line the inside of the pvc pipes with cornstarch for less stickage, but I didn't have that problem. I just gently rolled the ones that didn't quite fit, and they dropped in perfectly. I only tried it with about 8 marshmallows, but it was clear that you can easily load much more.
Now blow in the mouthpiece, and watch all (or at least most) of the marshmallows fly. :-) It's just great, and what distance.
Beware that it might cause a mess, and I don't think a lot of marshmallows are good for dogs, so only allow them to digest a minimum amount. I'm planning on making about 4 more of these to have a full out "war" with my friends. Should be fun.
Have a great time making the shooters, and enjoy them. Best of all, it's pretty cheap for the amount of fun you get from it. (2 guns cost me ~$3 a piece + ammo).