Working steampunk firearms


27 Responses to “Working steampunk firearms”

  1. aelfscine says:

    #10: But… but… I create whizzed-upon hobbies. What will I do now? *sulk*

  2. Halloween Jack says:

    You could put an eye out with that thing!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’d recoment the guy who built the pistol to check the build and preferably break it down. A glowplug or similar is not a “anitque” vay of iginitng the flashpaper and thus the gun is not a antique. Which lkeads to the fact that he now has a quite illegal Short Barreled Shotgun (the barrel is unrifled) if the barrel was rifled he should have no problems as that would make it a pistol.

    Rifling == Pistol
    No rifling and not a antique a == Short Barreled Shotgun

  4. Anonymous says:

    The law regulating flashpaper can be found in the New Jersey Code 2C:37-3. You can find the code at

  5. HDN says:

    Hello BATF!

    • Anonymous says:

      it’s an air cannon. it’s nothing batf would worry about. legal in every state I have looked up

      • siliconsunset says:

        most items that project a missile in any form fall into the same category as firearms in many states and municipalities when it comes to purchase, transport, concealment, etc.

        In Virginia concealing a pellet gun could nab you a concealed weapons charge. Might as well get a conceal permit and the real thing at that point.

  6. CLAVDIVS says:

    I am disappointed by the lack of a video link to the fireball-shooting pistol.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here in the state of New Jersey compressed air guns are considered firearms. Also flashpaper is an illegal substance.

    • wormbaby says:

      @#23 I am curious if nitrocellulose is a banned substance as you say in NJ, do they actually bust people for old film. Also every magic shop I tried said they have no restrictions on shipping it to NJ. Just curious where you got your info from.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love the sound of Doris there.

  9. Ugly Canuck says:

    Theme song for steamfunk gunslingers?

    O stoopid tipo!

  10. greengestalt says:

    Has anyone made “Leyden Balls” yet…?

  11. Anonymous says:

    link to fire ball shooting one:

  12. JamesPadraicR says:

    You might want to check out the anime series “Last Exile”. The first episode features a broadsides airship battle, with infantrymen and steam-powered muskets. It isn’t actually a steampunk story, but has many of the elements.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Link to the pistol:
    Video 1:
    Video 2:

    The pistol is a firearm, it uses flash paper. The rifle can’t be called a firearm, it uses compressed air. The rifle is legal everywhere I’ve ever lived, but the pistol might be treading on thin legal ice even though it’s not really powerful enough for anyone to care.. It shoots ping pong balls after all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell your local law enforcement officer that air powered guns aren’t fire arms. These weapons don’t look safe, however they do look like a lot of fun.

  14. jackie31337 says:

    Is Doris made from plumbing parts, brass instruments, or both?

  15. MadRat says:

    Air powered rifles actually existed and were used by the military since the 1700s. Meriwether Lewis had one on the Lewis and Clark expedition ( and the Austrian army had them as well ( These could fire off 20 shots in a row back in the day when firing more than 3 shots a minute with a musket was considered impressive. This is an excellent example of a steampunk plot device. Imagine if someone had invented a more practical air rifle (they look a LOT of pumping) and the whole word had adopted them during the great age of pirates, 150 years before gunpowder repeating rifles were invented. What would the world be like today and what would the world have been like back then?

  16. t3hmadhatter says:

    This is much like what me and my friend are building, only ours is PVC and shoots modded nerf darts. Maybe I can convince him to paint it brass…

  17. PaulR says:

    Um, shouldn’t it be powered by steam, not compressed air?

    Like, y’know, STEAMpunk?

  18. Capissen says:

    Functional steampunk is truly the best kind of steampunk. This kicks ass.

  19. Wardish says:

    This begs for a conversation about steampunk and airport/other security theater.


    I’m 50% sure you’re joking but if you’re not, and to all the Steampunk haters, please take the time you spend whizzing on someone else’s hobby and go create something interesting yourself.

Leave a Reply