How to Make a Coin Gun [11 Easy Steps] DIY

In this post you will learn how to make a Coin gun with your own hands. This kids’ toy was first created in 1945 in the United States for amusement parks. MacGlashan created his own gun to shoot American nickels, providing booth operators with income from the coins used to win prizes. The booth operator was supposed to set up a prize that would have to be dropped off the shelf to get it.

How to Make a Coin Gun

Prizes would be picked up by the cloth behind the prize coins, and the operators would collect their daily earnings because of the prizes. And MacGlashan designed the pistols to look exactly like automatic pistols in caliber. 38. A large spring fires a coin and a second smaller spring gives the impression of a recoil of an automatic bolt.

Today, no one makes such toys anymore. That’s why you and I will make our own –°oin gun.

This toy is fascinating entertainment for children and teenagers. In the process of its creation a child develops fine motor skills and creative thinking. While using the coin gun, the marksmanship is trained. We recommend using empty paper cups as targets.

WARNING! This toy is for use by children over 7 years old. Do not use the coin pistol on people or pets.

Coin Gun Step-by-Step

Total Time: 25 minutes

And cut them out with scissors

How to Make Coin Gun

And cut them out with scissors

Glue the halves together [How to Make a Coin Gun]

How to Make Coin Gun

Now take superglue smear on one of the halves and glue them to increase the thickness of the obtained 3-th of these details should also be glued to the whole card on the sides.

This is a retractable mechanism where you can put a coin

How to Make Coin Gun

Be sure to check for excessive friction in the path of the piston.

Cut both cards just right for this piston [How to Make a Coin Gun]

How to Make Coin Gun

Place the piston handle on the plastic card and circle it. First on one, then on the other. Carefully cut it off. The handle should fit perfectly into the cut out circle.

Cut off the neck of a plastic bottle

How to Make Coin Gun

Take a bottle from her I cut the neck and a little sandpaper to smooth the plane and the same diameter holes should be shot in the card.
Use the drill bit to drill the hole. If you don’t have the right diameter drill bit, or tool, use a knife. Heat the blade over a fire and cut the hole.

Glue the neck to the hole on the card [How to Make a Coin Gun]

How to Make Coin Gun

Very carefully we combine the neck and the hole and also glue together with superglue.

Glue the two halves of the structure together

How to Make Coin Gun

Now all that’s left is to attach this cover to the main structure

Making slots with a file for the rubber band [How to Make a Coin Gun]

How to Make Coin Gun

If we put some coins in the throat we get a semi-automatic bullet, but without rubber bands that will create force. For this purpose I made a couple of cuts in the card with a small file.

Put on the elastic bands by folding them twice

How to Make Coin Gun

Use rubber bands. If you don’t have them, you can use elastic bands.

Coin pistol ready

How to Make Coin Gun

That’s it. We have got an automatic coin pistol, only we need to load coins into the magazine in the form of a neck and twist it. Just be careful because the coin is still heavy and flies pretty fast.

Estimated Cost: 5 USD


  • Glue, coins


  • Scissors

Materials: Four plastic cards, plastic bottle, rubber bands

This article is based on this video.