- Publisher: Chicago Review Press
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 431g
- Publication date: 2 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: Chicago
- ISBN 10: 1556529538
- ISBN 13: 9781556529535
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 150 b/w illus
- Sales rank: 18,513
PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009 We've come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies--binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters--troublemakers of all stripes have the components needed to build an impressive, if somewhat miniaturized, arsenal. Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive "bomb." Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy. Finally, once you've built your armory, the author provides plans for a Top Secret Concealing Book to hide your stash, as well as targets for shooting practice. Never let your personal space go undefended again!
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John Austin is a professional toy designer and he lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.
"One must assert dominion over their desktop. Between the instructions provided in John Austin's book and access to your company's office supplies cabinet, you need tolerate no threat to the security of your cubicle." --William Gurstelle, author, Absinthe & Flamethrowers and Backyard Ballistics "We love this MacGyverization of office supplies, and the book is probably the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has nothing, or the cubicle monkey in your life." --Charlie Sorrel, Wired.com "Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom." --Gizmodo.com "Learn how to build an arsenal of weapons from office supplies and junk-drawer items in an effort to annoy your coworkers, family and friends." -- Draft Magazine "Cubicle farms are full of enemy combatants begging to be taken out." -- Wired Magazine "These inexpensive ideas are fun for all ages and can inspire the kid in all of us." -- Appleton Post Crescent "Take your cubicle wars past the archaic stage of just spitballs and elastic bands with John Austin's book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction." --OhGizmo.com "Nothing inside that will land you on the FBI watch list. (We dont think)." --Urbandaddy.com