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Unread postAuthor: sco77 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:49 pm

Since I was in the electrical field for a couple years I have 1000s of wirenuts, I found these fit 1/2" perfectly (once the little wings are trimmed down), they catch enough air that I can shoot them over 100 feet WITH MY MOUTH as a blow dart..

Would make good high speed light projectiles or maybe it would even work to make nail darts with??
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Unread postAuthor: Jabingo19 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:08 pm

Only one way to find out :wink:

Shoot them at stuff! :D
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Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:10 pm

What size 1/2? what schedule?
They are cheap

If you use spice drops that work really well , and if you use a 410 shotgun shell, pop out the primer, and hot glue a nail sticking half way out they work for 1/2 inch copper and sch40 1/2, and 12,20 gauge fit really well in 3/4 just have to take of the brass and do the same process for these( i use a bench grinder to get off the brass end)
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Unread postAuthor: sco77 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:14 pm

jsefcik wrote:What size 1/2? what schedule?
They are cheap


1/2" sch40... And these particular wire nuts are not all that cheap (they were bought as a huge bucket at an electrical supply house).. But there are cheapy wirenuts in hardware stores you could always match them up right in the store.
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Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:18 pm

Did you put that white end on? or do they come like that,

Have some you dont need , some me a couple hundred lol
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Unread postAuthor: sco77 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:22 pm

jsefcik wrote:Did you put that white end on? or do they come like that,

Have some you dont need , some me a couple hundred lol


That is a rubber insulator, these are insulated ones... That's why I said these particular ones aren't that cheap but there are cheapy ones in hardware store that are less than $10 a pack (of like 100).
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:27 pm

Low density, poor shape... Not a very good projectile. I will however admit to shooting some smaller ones myself. They just shattered into a bunch of small pieces on impact.
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Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:33 pm

sco77 wrote:
jsefcik wrote:Did you put that white end on? or do they come like that,

Have some you dont need , some me a couple hundred lol


That is a rubber insulator, these are insulated ones... That's why I said these particular ones aren't that cheap but there are cheapy ones in hardware store that are less than $10 a pack (of like 100).


All wire nuts are insulated

My lil shotgun shell nail darts are crazy good!!! :D :D :D :D
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Unread postAuthor: sco77 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:48 pm

jsefcik wrote:
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jsefcik wrote:Did you put that white end on? or do they come like that,

Have some you dont need , some me a couple hundred lol


That is a rubber insulator, these are insulated ones... That's why I said these particular ones aren't that cheap but there are cheapy ones in hardware store that are less than $10 a pack (of like 100).


All wire nuts are insulated


Of course all wire nuts are non conductive on the outside!!! But the insulated ones have extra protection (mostly just against overly stripped splices).
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:29 pm

sco77 wrote:What's great about these if I fold the rubber open it will become permantly expanded enough that it will hold tight in the barrel with no wadding (allowing for up/down aiming), without adding any extra friction due to it being really flexible.
Not to be rude, but that's physically impossible.

Of course they probably fly in a roughly straight path, but they probably tumble like crazy, which makes them a bad projectile. Now if one were to weight the head and add some proper fins...
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Unread postAuthor: Gun Freak » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:43 pm

Just fill up the front with something and it will be more stable.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:12 pm

Gun Freak wrote:Just fill up the front with something and it will be more stable.


Yep, a BB or nut and few drops of epoxy or hot glue should do the trick.

Otherwise flip them upside down, pour in nine 0.177" BBs et voila, buckshot ;)
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