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"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

About the Author

John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of Cubical Warfare and Prank University.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Later Print edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556529538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556529535
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son found this in the science section at our local independent bookstore, and I said, "This could be a dangerous book in your hands." (He has an obsession with wanting to blow things up and dismantle electronics.) We split the cost and my husband had a blast building this stuff using items in our junk drawer. I found the book absolutely ingenious. The author is a professional toy designer and also wrote Cubical Warfare, another must-read. In the words of another author/reviewer, William Gurstelle, "One must assert dominion over the desktop. Between the instructions provided in Austin's book and access to your office supply cabinet, you need tolerate no threat to the security of your cubicle."

By my son: This is my new favorite book. These mini-weapons really work. My friends love them and have paid me money to make them the "Simple Cross-bow" and "Concealing Book." I love the "Penny Bomb!" I did extra chores to get mega-supplies (giant bag of rubber bands, paper caps, etc.), and now I have all I need to create these mini "weapons" in a matter of minutes.

Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls' Life
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This book is an essential guide to survival in modern day cube warfare. All of the examples in the book are clearly detailed, and can be fabricated with every day items stocked in the supply room closet.

The illustrations themselves help to spark other creative (meaning destructive) ideas. Even if you don't recreate the items, its still a very visually appealing to leave out on the desk, which is sure to generate discussion at the water cooler.
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I found this book to be awesome and it really gave me the edge in my current office war. Please use caution as some of these weapons are extremely accurate and deadly. In particular the "BB" pen there are actually several holes in our office walls and one embedded in the back of a co-workers seat. Have fun but always remember what momma used to say "It's all fun and games til someone losses an eye" with this book it's bound to happen. And just as a little bit of info that may come in handy in the future Wal-Mart has eye patches for $2.59.......Happy hunting!!!!

ElCortez
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My family was goin on vacation and I bought this for my husband, our son's and my husbands best friend to do during the down time. We stocked up on super cheap pencils, pens, rubber bands and a few other things. They had a blast! Things were flying everywhere. There were a lot of "wait, wait, watch this! Oh YEA!" going on. It was hilarious. It was such a hit we are looking at getting the office version as well.
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You will have so much fun turning office & laundry supplies into weapons and artillery. You will have even more fun using these to attack little green army men, cubicle neighbors, or even mini soda cans or barbies. I bought this for my son, but the whole family and several neighbors are hooked now as well!
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Bought this for my 9 year as a reward for good grades. Based on the description and the reviews I thought this seemed like fun things he could make and use with a little common sense. However, my husband (who has some experience blowing stuff up!) about had a fit when he saw the chapters on bombs and combustion shooters. There are some fairly dangerous projects in there, so make sure your little anarchist has some common sense, good supervision, and limited access to some of the components in the more dangerous stuff. Had I been able to look at all the projects I may have thought twice about buying this for my kid.

My son was very happy with the book, and quickly built the ink pen bow. It worked well and the instructions were simple to understand. This is a great book for boys to use with their dads...even older kids who sometimes have more smarts than common sense. If you are buying for a kid just keep his personality in mind when doing so!
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Get ready to destroy a lot of stuff. I got this book to not only share with my dad and guy friends but also to use the less dangerous options (not easily constructed by a kid by themselves ) for my classroom. Challenging the kids to build them and then having the catapults compete was a huge hit, even the parents got in on it and built their own to complete. A trip to Walmart (or your desk drawer) will have you building most of the book in a heartbeat.

By no means are any of these safe for a kid under 12 that hasnt been schooled in safety (such as working in a woodshop, shooting skeet, archery) your main safety warning are going to be "DONT POINT THAT AT SOMEONE OR YOURSELF EVER" and "WEAR GOGGLES" for when they inevitably point them at eachother and themselves.

You will not be disappointed, and makes a great "bonding" book for dads and daughters and dads and sons.

The possibilities are endless, our living room was a Christmas warzone with all other presents ignored. If giving as a gift you may want to prepurchase all the building goodies. Its hard to wait to build things once you buy the book.
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I purchased this book for my 11 yr old grandson after a friend with three boys recommended it. It was a huge hit! He has made several of the projects in the book and spent hours perusing the book for his next endeavor. Some of the 'weapons' have pins and such so it is not appropriate for younger children without supervision. There are many projects that do not have sharp objects that can be family projects. For example, we have made dozens of oragami water bombs and had a blast with that project. Really great book for boys 8 and over who like to make things.
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