An “airsoft” weapon refers to any homemade weapon that is made to imitate a real one, in homage to the replica weapon brand first created by the Japanese in the 1980s. You can make an Airsoft Claymore-type mine out of rat traps and a few other supplies commonly found around the house. You will also need a few tools that are readily available. Adult supervision for the making and using of the Airsoft Claymore-type mine is necessary if you are underage, since a cutting edge must be used.
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Things you need
- Rat trap
- Empty cereal box
- Utility knife
- Bonding glue
- Toilet paper
- Foam pellets
- Tape measure
- String spool
Place a cereal box on a table with the front face up. Cut out the front of the cereal box with the blade of the utility knife. Dispose of the cut out front in the trash. Cut a hole through the left side of the cereal box near the bottom left corner with the blade of the utility knife.
Apply bonding glue to the bottom of the rat trap. Place the rat trap inside the cereal box near the bottom. Let the bonding glue set for three hours.
Cut 10 feet of string from the string spool with the blade of the utility knife. Insert one end of the string through the hole cut in the bottom left corner of the cereal box. Run the end of the string through the release tab on the rat trap. Tie a knot in the end of the string to secure it to the release tab.
Go outside in your backyard. Place the cereal box on the ground. Run the string from the cereal box to a nearby tree. Wind the string around the base of a tree so that it is taunt. Tie a knot in the string to secure it to the tree.
Pull the metal trap clamp up and over onto the release tab. Push the metal trap clamp down to engage it to the release trap.
Place a square of toilet paper on top of the metal trap clamp. Place 10-15 foam pellets on top of the square of toilet paper.
Carefully place dirt and leaves around the cereal box to disguise it.
Hide behind the tree Wait for someone to walk across the string and trip the airsoft claymore-type mine you have made.
Tips and warnings
- You can paint the cereal box with camouflage paints to make it less detectable.
- Never fire off any kind of weapon at a person or pet—only use it in approved games where the participants are all wearing protective gear.
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