The weapon to go along with my Steampunk Mad Hatter is finally finished! I made this pistol from gutting and parting out my previous Steampunk Machine Pistol. This gun is by far superior to it and I am very happy with the result.
Basically this gun was developed from trying to devise what type of weapon the Mad Hatter of the Steampunk world would have. Of course he would need a gun and the ability to sew things on the spot, so the Needler Pistol was created.
I'm sorry but I have to admit Tim Burton's version of the Hatter looked like a cracked out circus clown. Although I am a huge Johnny Depp fan and thought he acted the part well, I still couldn't get over how hideous the Hatter looked. SORRY my opinion.
Anyway, some technical points describing this firearm. To start, it is completely hand fabricated. Everything was either carved from wood, cut or formed from brass, stainless or aluminum. The only pieces that weren't are a vintage sewing machine guide and bobbin, which were the only parts not totally fabricated from scratch. The idea behind this gun is it is a dueling, single shot pistol, breach loading with spring action. The loading mechanism does work and will accept a .44 cal round. The chamber is spring loaded, so the gun can be cocked like the real thing.
The sewing mechanism is really the wow factor of the whole project. The control arm is powered by a small 9 volt electric motor. The gun trigger is attached to a pressure switch that powers the motor sort of like an accelerator pedal on a car or a foot pedal on a real sewing machine. Actual thread is fed along the guide tubes of the machine and attached at the end of the needle and guide. The front cylinder of brass houses the spool of thread while the bobbin is mounted on the right side in front of the gun safety switch.
I have attached the following YouTube video [link]
that shows the workings of the gun in action. ENJOY!