Shooting Custom Darts From a 12 Gauge

We all know that shooting darts from firearms has historically never been successful, but Jeff aka. TAOFLEDERMAUS specializes in bad ideas (including, but not limited to, cooking eggs with mercury) so he obtained a number of shotgun dart slugs made from a variety of materials. I could only cringe when he loaded a dart made from a drill bit (that poor barrel)!

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Alex Nicolin

    Darts are commonly shot from smoothbores, but of a far larger scale ­čÖé

  • Uniform223

    haha… sabot rounds

  • Jeff Heeszel

    The guy that made these has been sending a variety of home-machined rounds since 2012. MOST of them just do not work, especially the batch that used sabots. It’s almost depressing to shoot these because we know they probably will not work. Then bam! One of them finally tracks straight and sticks in our stainless steel plate or goes right through it and that makes it all worth while.
    We have some really cool stuff coming up soon from Tim who CNC’d the goofy aluminum slugs. He is making some more traditional-looking foster-ish slugs made of exotic materials like titanium, cast iron, stainless, polycarbonate, and pure Teflon. Each of these rounds cost about $50 to machine, so they are some of the most expensive rounds we will ever shoot.

  • marathag

    Too bad no chrony used here, looks like even the first one isn’t exactly zipping along

  • Sammy

    I guess it’s kind of cool from a DIY kind of view point. What application is it intended for? IMHO a 1 1/8 slug will spoil a persons day for less $ just as much as these darts will. I subscribe to TAOFLEDERMAUS’S YOU TUBE channel and enjoy his mucking about with Unconventional Flying Objects.


  • Jamie Clemons