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Published on Jul 29, 2012
Here at The Slingshot Channel, we always wanted to shoot steel darts (the type used for recreational dart games). However, this is not easy. Lots of hurdles. First, steel darts aren't made for shooting. Therefore you can't shoot them overly fast as the tips break on impact. Second, the fletching is very vulnerable, in fact not made for any kind of pressure. Third, they can be quite expensive.
We found some on amazon, at 40 cents a pop! Quite cheap, but they certainly do the job.
In this video, you can see a homemade pistol shooter that is "chambered" for cheap steel darts. A toothbrush head has been used to hold them in place, extremely prestretched rubber accelerates the dart, and a "pinching" method is employed in order to keep the darts firmly rested against the loaded string.
This works quite well, the darts fly 15 meters without any problems. They stick into anything they hit - wood, aluminum, plastic. They stick way better than commercial pistol crossbow bolts - both weapons are compared to each other in the video.
We think this can be optimized for more compact sizes, and probably with a pump action mechanism.
The darts are not lethal, but a lot of fun to play with.Amazing, what 4 cm active band length can achieve! Also note that the band wear is very low, probably because there is no tapering, and the bands never touch anything.
As a bonus, the bullpup arrow shooter is presented in it's final shape.