Papercraft Barret M82A1

Thanks to Kei Kimura for sending this our way. His friend made a 1:1 scale replica of a Barret M82A1 out of cardboard. In Japan this art form is called “Papercraft”. Usually papercraft are made of sheets of paper cut, folded and glued into shapes. This is made of cardboard understandably because of the size and weight.  It takes a bit of set up but the action works and ejects the casing out. The audience are more than ecstatic when they see it work.


Here is a link to a page about the build for this project.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Budogunner

    No country has greater love for aesthetics of firearms than Japan. Too bad they are forbidden ownership. I’d imagine they would be the most respectful of potential harm a firearm could do as well.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I think the heavy restriction is part of what draws their attention to firearms. Look how well Chris Costa has done in Japan…with…whatever it is he’s doing there.

    • Nicholas C

      Quite the opposite. When I was in University learning Japanese, I volunteered to help a group of foreign exchange students from Japan. They were visiting during their spring vacation. They were there for a month. My job was to take them out to experience American culture. So I took them to an indoor range. These kids knew about guns but had zero respect for the danger they pose. The moment they picked up the gun from the range employee, they were pointing it at each other asking to have their picture taken. My hand shot out like a bolt of lighting and grabbed that barrel. The Range employee went white. I had to explain the range rules to them. I was a novice shooter as well but I knew not to point the gun at people from what my father taught me about guns. They did not have that.

      • Hamma Hamma

        Well, it’s exactly that: “I knew not to point the gun at people from what my father taught me about guns. They did not have that.”

        Living in a disarmed society and being forced into pepakura guns, ridiculously expensive demilled guns as collectables, and airsoft taken to an obsessive limit (albeit that’s many hobbies in Japan), they have no natural idea of the dangers or proper safety with a gun. Why would they?
        Culturally guns are toys and prop pieces because that’s all they have.

        I feel that the Japanese populace would be very receptive and safe with guns if they could (somehow magically, since practically China will willingly embrace democracy and Hell turn into a Hawaii-like environment before then) have them for casual/right ownership. I mean, they’re not stupid people or people-shaped dodo birds. That, and they tend to take their “martial” sports quite seriously once they get access to do so.

        As for the idiot students you saw, it’s probably best to write that off as a population bias incident.
        You got a bunch of young college kids (most likely rich and senseless to a certain extent, since they’re studying abroad) playing around on Spring Break who have never, ever, ever been around guns and then giving them access to guns (thank heavens you were there to gain control over the gun, but that should have been on lockdown before they got their mitts on any and finished basic safety).

  • Cytoxan

    A picture of things to come in America? Supreme Court 1 vote away from really changing our country.

  • Marc

    That thing is pretty sweet. Excellent craftsmanship.
    Video could’ve been 8 min. shorter tho.

  • avconsumer2

    Wow. Insane papercraft skillz.

  • GhostTrain81

    … Is the paper made with magic Magpul cardboard stock?

  • Vizzini

    Stuff like this just makes me feel sad for the disarmed people.


      The Japanese populace has ALWAYS been disarmed. Even before their defeat in WWII and American writing of their Constitution.

      People couldn’t carry swords unless they were in the Samurai class, and then the Emperor banning swords and other weapons altogether.

      • Billy Jack

        Keeping them disarmed and in check, maintaining status quo, was why the US kept the emperor around too after the war. With peasants getting such a raw deal, socialism was an easy sell pre/post war. Feudal societies in Asia and Europe (and their colonies) wouldn’t have lasted long if the common man could protect himself. You can smell a despot by their respect for your ability to defend yourself.

        But yeah, while that’s an awesome display of talent, it just makes me sad.

    • RICH


  • DaveP.

    I have nothing but admiration for that man’s skills and patience.

  • Colin

    Bloody brilliant. A california legal Barret ? .Will Ronnie be supporting this barret or is it too much PAPERWORK ( Drum roll).