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Using a Pneumatic Nailer for Target Practice

by The Handyguys

in Tools, Video Podcasts

nail gun targetIn this video The Handyguys demonstrate the potential dangers of a nail gun’s power by taking it to a gun range and shooting a target at about 25 yards.

Please do not try this at home, or anywhere, ever.

It took a bit of practice, some fenagling with the right combination of nail guns, pressure settings, trajectory, choice of nails and other factors but we made the shot! Yeah, we were at the range for a while.

The target is a ‘clay pigeon’ held in front of a paper target with some thumbtacks. The backboard of the target was made of deteriorated strand board which enabled the flying nail to easily penetrate from 25 yards. We will not tell you what pressures we used. We wont tell you how we tricked out the nail gun to fire through the air.

For those of you looking at the video closely you may wonder about the black mark on the paper target after the hit. That was just black dust from the breaking clay target.

This isn’t a typical Handyguys TV video. We did this for fun. Please do not try to reproduce our results. We took many safety precautions including eye and ear protection and used a private facility set up for target practice.

We would LOVE your comments or feedback on this. Pass it around to your friends.

Thanks for watching!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Air Conditioning Dallas August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Those are no joke, good shot though! Maybe your on to a new sport.


John April 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Now that’s some entertainment. Nice shot!


The Handyguys April 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

😉 Thanks!


Dallas Texas Plumbing July 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

So I know that this was done to show the power of a nail gun but how much fun did you guys have doing this? lol.


The Handyguys July 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yes, it was fun to make this video.


Mike Marlow January 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This was faked. I am an expert in everything and know better! Nailguns only shoot 1 to 1.5inches past nail depth if you set the depth control correctly.


The Handyguys January 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hmmmm, you think so?


THNK2 June 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

what makes you think that the depth control was set correctly?


The Handyguys June 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Lol, it was. Too much and we would have sunk the nail beyond the target backboard. Too little and we wouldn’t have reached the target.


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