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My recent post of a new nailgun, with only the information that I’d received in my e-mail, drew the attention of the DeWalt-16′s creator David Wiggins. Dave graciously provided us with more pictures and the story behind his cool tool-themed M-16.

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It started when Dave saw the picture below, back in 2003, and thought, “I can do better than that.”

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Dave says, “I’d just picked up a new (to me) M-16 and was in the process of fixing it up a little. It needed new furniture anyway, so I sourced the safety yellow stock, guard, and grip. Then, I went down to the DeWalt factory service place a few miles from the house to get a sticker. There, I saw they had brand new battery casings, so I picked up one of those too. I got home, found a short magazine , and got to work.

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“I traced an approximation of the size hole I’d need in the top of the plastic casing, and slowly dremeled away the plastic I didn’t need. Once done, I epoxied the magazine body into the hole and quickly assembled everything so that I could make sure it all looked right before the epoxy set up. Once the epoxy cured, I took the mag back apart, cleaned up some of the bigger resin boogers, and then masked the top of the mag and hit it w/ some mil-spec glossy black coating (aka Krylon).”

Dave included these pictures for our viewing enjoyment: the Dewalt-16 on the cleanest workbench ever; details on the slingmount; details on the selector; and a great shot of the battery/magazine.



Three Toolmonger cheers for Dave — we always love a high-powered, fully automatic, cordless tool, and the DIY spirit just cranks it up a notch!


56 Responses to Update: DeWalt-16

  1. Jason says:


  2. Rembreto says:

    That should be standard issue in the gun rack of every contractor’s truck. It would probably make those ‘punchlist’ meetings go alot faster.

  3. Josh says:

    With all the crack head stealing stuff out of peoples vans it should be standard issue haha

  4. [...] Newest Dewalt Tool Toolmonger Blog Archive Update: DeWalt-16 this is the definition of awesomeness [...]

  5. kythri says:

    Milwaukee AR-15: http://www.barnabys.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/sawzallcamo.jpg

    One of the gents at http://www.ar15.com is responsible for this, and many others…

    Google “barbie-15″ sometime…

  6. Scienkoptic says:

    Well if it’s like most dewalt cordless products, the battery will be dead after the first two rounds or the barrel will fall off!

  7. Dj says:

    Let it be said… I’ve had the privilege of firing Mr. Wiggins’ finely crafted DeWalt-16. It is short enough, light enough, and well balanced enough to spend the whole day with it in your hands, working in tight quarters, just as one would expect from a real DeWalt tool. Furthermore, when necessary, the “Rock-n-Roll” fire selection will help you rip right thru the job, meeting deadlines swiftly and effectively when necessary. :)

  8. Shopmonger (aka Donny B) says:

    Scienkoptic = dont jump to conclusions I use a ton of dewalt gear and have no problems … and I DO NOT baby my tools .

    But as for the post… AWSOME….. this is just plain cool.

    Hats off and beers raised

  9. eschoendorff says:

    That’s pretty badass. now if we could just get Mr. Wiggins to post a video of his DeWalt-16 in action….

  10. Jason says:

    Yeah, that is just awesome. I want to know when we can all get them at Home Depot!

  11. Lysol says:

    Wow this guy played alot of quake

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  13. Justin says:

    Man, I’d be worried about DeWalt asking you to take this post down for some from of trademark infringement, or otherwise brand confusion… Hopefully they have a sense of humor.

  14. David Wiggins says:

    There is video of the DeWalt-16 in action, but I’m not posting the link because I like my server to stay up and running :)

  15. Zathrus says:

    So put it up on YouTube!

  16. David Wiggins says:

    Meh. That would require… you know… effort.

  17. full metal jacket says:

    Is this a real M-16 or just a cool AR-15?

  18. [...] If you’re one of the 12 people who have emailed me the Dewalt AR-15, that is so six months ago. [...]

  19. [...] Update: DeWalt-16 – Dewalt-16Selector-225.jpg Dewalt-16BattDetail-225.jpg. Three Toolmonger cheers for Dave — we always love a high-powered, fully automatic, cordless tool, and the DIY spirit just cranks it up a notch! [...]

  20. [...] via: Toolmonger Entry posted on: August 6th, 2008 and is filed under: Archives Tags: Cool Stuff • dave wiggins • dewalt • nail gun REPLACEMENT BATTERY FOR 18 VOLT DEWALT XRP XR NICD US $35.64 15m DeWalt 8 1 4 40 Carbide Teeth Finishing Blade New 0 Bid US $7.50 22m DEWALT 18VOLT DRILL AND SAWZALL COMBO KIT NR 8 Bids US $202.50 30m [...]

  21. [...] Wiggins Has built this monster DeWalt-16 which is some type of unholy lovechild between a DeWalt nail-gun and an M-16 [...]

  22. [...] Found an article today showing a DIY M16 mod, the ending result…a real mans tool. Fortunately, I think it’s safe to assume that no one will ever confuse this for a nail gun and blow a series of bullet holes in their new porch. But you never know. DeWalt-16 By J.R. Bluett My recent post of a new nailgun, with only the information that I’d received in my e-mail, drew the attention of the DeWalt-16’s creator David Wiggins. Dave graciously provided us with more pictures and the story behind his cool tool-themed M-16. [...]

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  26. construction hunter says:

    where can i get one or these things

  27. Jim Gibas says:

    How can i get a Dewalt gun

  28. banga moanga says:

    still leathal and way too cool to be a tool

  29. wayne says:

    You are a jerk Dave for making so much news about it that it is costing people allot of time just looking it up so they can buy one.

  30. SgBriggs says:

    Needs custom ammo that has a nail in staid of a regular bullet. Practical and awesome.

  31. Shaun says:

    How and where can I buy one please

  32. Querida Hope Messer says:

    I’d like to know how to get one myself.

  33. Raymond Cochran says:

    the only improvement that i could see with this amazing variant it to incorporate a drum style(single twist) mag using the battery casing as the housing unit. i love the variant tho and as a member of the armed forces i would carry this into combat, talk about a fake out.

  34. [...] aparece na foto que está circulando por aí é uma obra do norte-americano David Wiggins. No blog ToolMonger - voltado para o público que gosta de ferramentas -, Wiggins explica que se inspirou em outra [...]

  35. Shawn Withaeger says:

    I seriously want one of these. How do I order?

  36. [...] What is actually being shown is the creation of a man named David Wiggins. It is merely a standard rifle with some DeWALT parts attached purely for aesthetic reasons.  DeWALT has nothing to do with the gun in the photo. It is a gun, not a power tool of any kind, and fires bullets – not nails. The photo was originally posted back in 2008, but has gained notoriety in the wake of current gun control debate in the news. Read more, and see more photos here. [...]

  37. cr.crews says:

    This would look awesome as a bullpup conversion!

  38. kem m says:

    Yea man was thinking same thing

  39. suesman says:

    That is just too damn cool.

  40. rusty beaver says:

    want order a DeWalt-16 Toolmonger !

  41. kaferdave says:

    I wish they actually existed, and were operational, and were available for purchase.

  42. Kenneth Ritchie says:

    Is this a bullet firing rifle as some of the links say it is or is it a nail gun? If a nail gun where could I purchase one and what is the cost?

  43. chinese man says:


  44. manie lourens says:

    Where do I order and what is the price?


  45. Bill says:

    Where can I guy this?

  46. Adam Warloct says:

    I would like to have one custom made, honestly.

  47. Bernardblash says:

    Ok where can i get one of these!!!!

  48. SirJackson817 says:

    Where can I purchase one ? This is a awesome but legal way to keep violater out

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