DeWalt AR-15 Nail Gun: Great Gag!

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For those of you that have not yet seen it, meet the DeWalt AR-15 nail gun.

Someone released a photo of their AR-15 rifle made up as a DeWalt nail gun. Personally, I love the originality behind it. As one forum poster observed, maybe it should be called a DeWalt ‘Tack Driver’.

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When I originally posted this DeWalt AR-15 nail gun several years ago, I had no idea it would become such a popular post. It has actually become one of the most read pages on the website. I still chuckle about how viral this photo has gone.

Dewalt AR15

Also, if you have not already done so, please read through the comments on this thread and join in on the discussion about this rifle. There is quite a bit of lively chatter regarding its status as an M16, M4 or AR15. Also, which version of which gun… for example: if it is an M4, is it an M4A2 or M4A3. I find it all humorous, and I hope you do as well.

I’m curious: have you ever done anything like this to dress up your gun? Would you consider a Black & Decker paint scheme? How about a Chevy or Ford styling? The truth is a lot of people like to customize their firearms to give them a unique feel and flair.

Gun companies have cashed in on this in the past, creating limited or special edition runs of some firearms. You may have seen some manufacturers rolling out everything from Texas commemoratives to zombie guns. Sometimes these guns carry some collector value, but mostly they are simply an option for someone that wants to stand out from the crowd. Since many gun owners are independent-minded, adding a little flair to their rifles makes sense.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to dress up one of your guns? Would you be willing to buy a limited run rifle with an unusual paint scheme?


Thanks to one of our readers for sharing this video of the gun in action:

If you watch the video, you can see the gun is capable of full-auto fire. Hopefully, that will help settle some of the arguments in the comments section.

Special note for all of those who have been e-mailing me – I’ve got the Glock 19 holster page up now.

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167 replies on “DeWalt AR-15 Nail Gun: Great Gag!”

I wish this was real, but instead of an 18V battery pack, a clip full of self-contained cartridges designed around the ability to hold only nails of various sizes (unless heavily modified, of course), mainly around 1/4″ or 1/3″ x up to 1-1/2″. I’ve actually designed and attempted to sell a line of a .22 cal. (another variant was 9mmPAK driven) powder actuated nail guns with revolving cylinders and tacks as the primary fasteners with frangible sleeves that disintegrate upon impact with a hard object like ply-wood. The tool looked like a snub-nose revolver with an orange tip, so like a high-quality airsoft gun. It was a tool at close range and a better weapon than a pellet gun at medium range or .22 Short at long range. Nails don’t actually fly straight after a few yards unless you put a special tail on them and bunch it up carefully as you load it into a cartridge or chamber so it deploys correctly. Look at blow-gun darts, for example. I did, but opted not to go that route in my design when it came to sales, since it’d increase cost, make it less likely to be credibly regarded as a tool and more likely to be regarded as a dual purpose device. A tool and weapon. The weapon part concerned me. Local cops don’t uphold the 2nd Amendment and actually retaliate against people for asserting that right, and they do so with the actual approval of all government branches as well as the majority of US citizens. Anyway, that venture was short lived. No sales were made and there are much better options for weaponry available. The next year I opted to simply buy a cheap Pietta 1851 Navy in .44 cal. Still no permit, background check or any other infringement pressed upon my 2nd Amendment right, but it performed better as a weapon. Especially when loaded with 45 grains of FFFG equivalent or 55 grains reground FFFFFG equivlent Hodgdon Triple Seven black powder sub (measured by vol. then compressed), .454″ di. Hornady lead ball (pressed so hard into the chamber it inverted to something like a hollow-point) and Winchester BP Magnum (pinched) 11 percussion caps, from a shortened 2″ barrel to around 8″ of 20% calibrated but well-made ballistics gel. Last year I made a semi-auto .25 cal pistol that uses my home made rounds similar in power and effectiveness to .22TCM. I also have a Sabre 3-in-1 spray for any defensive situation I might encounter that could be resolved with something that’s not lethal or seriously injurious. Sure beat the 99% capsaicin nonivamide powder I had in the 1st chamber of my ’51 Navy then all rounds in the magazine of a 9mmPAK front firing blank gun. Also made myself a slam-fire 12GA inspired by Royal Nonesuch and others. Anyway, thinking of nail guns as weapons is great if you’re really under scrutiny and facing threats of prison if you buy a firearm, but I think that’s about it…

Nails, BBs and some firearm ammunition are sometimes put in clips. Most standard firearm ammunition are often put in magazines. I use the term clip to describe a type of projectile storage and feeding for a tool, not primarily a weapon, in no uncertain terms. Many manufacturers do the same thing. In this case, the term “clip” is the typical and correct wording.

If there’s anyone out there that can actually design and build a nail gun like this they will be the next millionaire because I would definitely order a couple of them. I just love the idea of sitting in my chair and building a fence. LMAO

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