Watching the original Star Wars movies makes many kids want to start playing with laser guns. It's not surprising when adults joke about playing the same games with imaginary Star Wars guns as well. It is possible to create your own fake laser pistol with a little bit of creativity, some spray paint and bit of PVC pipe. Put it together the right way and you, too, can pretend you're in the opening scene trying to fend off Darth Vader's stormtroopers as they enter the rebel ship.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- PVC pipe of varying sizes
- PVC endcaps
- Model glue or PVC adhesive
- Power drill
- Toy gun
- 2x4 piece of wood
- Table saw
- Gray primer spray paint
- Matt black spray paint
- Coat hanger
Use a hacksaw to cut a one-inch diameter section of PVC pipe approximately 1.5 feet in length to make the gun barrel. Attach a PVC end cap to each end with model glue or PVC adhesive. Cut a 5-inch section of half-inch-diameter PVC pipe and glue it to the top of the barrel to make a mock gun scope.
Take a power drill and drill holes on one end of the pipe in a diagonal pattern to create a perforated gun barrel. Drill a larger hole in the end cap on the side with barrel holes to replicate the end of the gun barrel.
Obtain a toy gun with a handle that you like. Trace the handle on a piece of two by four wood. Cut out the section of wood, providing enough clearance for the handle outline. Use a table saw to trim the wood piece down to the shape of the handle you traced. Make sure to carve a lump to act as the area where the trigger would be on a real gun.
Round the edges of the wood handle with a grinder and a sander. Route a channel in the top of the handle for the gun barrel to sit in snugly. Glue the non-perforated barrel end to the wood handle top. Smooth the seams by adding caulk and smoothing it over with your fingertip.
Spray paint the entire assembly with grey primer paint to cover up any PVC pipe labelling or wood grain. Spray paint the gun with matt black spray paint once the primer is dry. Give the entire gun at least two complete coats and suspend it with a bent coat hanger so nothing touches it while drying. Enjoy your fake Star Wars gun when dry.
Tips and warnings
- Various fan websites have photos of fan-made Star Wars guns. You can use these as examples and templates to guide your own project.
- Make sure not to hold the pipe closely when you are cutting or you will cut your fingers with the hacksaw blade. Even one swipe of a hacksaw can cause a painful injury to a misplaced finger.
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