Hobbyist turns staple gun into real gun (VIDEO)

A few days ago a reader emailed Guns.com a video of his latest concoction: a staple gun modified to fire .410 shot shells.

In the hypnotic video, Clint Westwood shows off his DIY project, which looks like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie — but shiny and jeweled.

Westwood said other hobbyists tinkering with similar designs inspired him to build one of his own.

Kaulkinator

An early start to the project called the “Kaulkinator.” (Photo: Clint Westwood)

“I have seen a bunch of really crude adaptations on the net and decided to see how far I could take it with minimal tools,” he said. “The early start to the project reminded me of a caulking gun, hence the moniker ‘Kaulkinator.'”

The design is mostly made of low carbon mild steel and uses a barrel made of 1045 carbon steel. Westwood said he decided to chamber it in .410 to keep the weight down and for safety precautions. The result?

“The thing is a blast to shoot. It’s as louder then a 12-gauge shotgun with those short barrels. The gun weighs 5 pounds so the recoil is not a big deal. It’s not ergonomic with the grip angle, but with a two hand grip or one hand steadying the barrel, it’s okay,” Westwood said.

“I get a big giggle whenever I pick it up. I’ve mentioned many times that’s it’s cartoonish. I can see this kind of thing being pulled out by Yosemite Sam.”

For more about the project, check out Westwood’s Youtube page.