I was commissioned to make Yoko Ritona’s sniper rifle from the anime “Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann”.


The pistol grip was cut from 1/2″ MDF.

I cut the trigger from styrene and made the pivot from a nail.

I used small torsion springs to force the trigger to the forward position. Styrene was used to line the interior of the trigger cavity and poplar was used to make the trigger guard.

The muzzle block started as a 2″ x 2″ block of poplar.

I cut the angles on the table saw.

I threw it on the lathe and shaped the end.

I drilled 3/8″ holes on each side for vents and drilled a 1/2″ hole in the end of the muzzle.

The magazine sides were made from 1/4″ MDF. I cut decorative slots in the sides with the table saw.

The complete magazine boxes.

MDF forms the box that holds the magazine.

I formed the magazine release by hammering aluminum sheet around a steel bar.

The shaped release lever, pivot pin and slots cut into the grip.

The release in place. A small compression spring keeps in pressed forward.

The body of the rifle is a 35″ long piece of 1-1/2″ PVC pipe. The rings at the rear sling loop and bipod were formed by cutting sections from a PVC connector.

The butt was made from a sheet of 1/4″ MDF sandwiched by 3/4″ MDF. I sanded the interior curve to meet the PVC body.

I drilled through the top of the PVC so I could access interior screws to hold the butt in place.

For the bolt slot, I drilled two holes and then cut between them, removing a section of the PVC.

I inserted a 1-1/4″ PVC pipe into the 1-1/2″ PVC body to form the bolt. For the handle, I used a socket screw and a bit of brass tubing to cover the exposed threads.

The assembled body so far.

To cover seams and make the butt more solid, I wrapped it with .04 styrene plastic.

I glued on some styrene strips along the edge. The bolt insert was capped off by a styrene plate.

The sight rail was glued and screwed on the top of the body tube, conveniently hiding the holes for attaching the grip assembly.

I found an inexpensive folding bipod at the Sports Authority but had to cut of a bit so it would fold up.

I used the supplied screws but attached the bipod from inside the barrel, through two access holes I drilled above them.

For the feet, I cut a square of steel and epoxied them to the legs.

I cut panels from sheet aluminum and attached them with pop rivets to the legs.

The completed bipod.

The bipod folded up.

For the barrel I used a 1″ oak dowel. The fit wasn’t tight so I used a section of PVC to act as a spacer. The slot at the bottom allows it to pass by the bipod screws.

Once inserted, it’s held in place by two screws that use the bipod access holes.

I bought a set of sling mounts that screw into the PVC rings on the body and the barrel.

The scope was made from PVC (front and rear sections), wooden dowel, lathed wooden cones and MDF end caps.

I was able to get lenses the perfect size from a Dollar Store insect viewer. The front lens was the unmodified “viewing” lens and the rear lens was made from the enclosed magnifying glass.

The sight adjustment knobs were cut from a 1″ dowel.

I cut posts from brass tubing that will also hide the knob attaching screw.

The final knobs.

I cut the front and rear scope mount out of 1/4″ poplar.

I cut each in half and inserted long bolts to attach them. The bottom bolt goes through the rail.

The final assembled rifle with a coat of primer (per client’s request).

The rifle is a massive 73″ long!


Detail of the scope. I forgot to add the lens on the small range finder.

The folded bipod with added rubber feet.

The magazine is an open box so you have someplace to hide your weed…er…keys and ID.

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16 Responses to Yoko Ritona’s Sniper Rifle

  1. Hi friend.

    I have been following your site for some time, and I must say you sure do some phenominal work! I too have a prop blog at http://ghravenaturedprops.blogspot.com. Its only been up and running for a few days now so I don't really have anything posted. Im fairly new in the prop world, but have browsed and posted on The Dented Helmet as well as the BBC for a couple years. But in any case, keep up the great work!


  2. william says:

    Amazing work!
    I've been a fan for some time.
    I check in now and then to hear my jaw hit the floor.
    Very inspiring. Thank you for this blog and keep up the good work!

  3. PaLoMiNHa says:

    Perfect!! Thanks a lot for help a poor girl from brazil who was trying to make this rifle =^^=
    you're amazing.

  4. hayley says:

    How much would a gun like this cost to commission? Just asking?

  5. I don't like to discuss prices on the blog page. Please email me or fill out the estimate request form.

  6. hello. i was wondering how much did it all cost together to make this prop and how heavy is it? because i am looking for this gun but no one is selling it in australia T_T and i cant find any online stores etc..

  7. Dara says:

    First let me start by saying thus is amazing! It looks so good that my friend and I are using it as a guide to make our own. However, we've run into a few complications. When we tried to insert the 1.25″ PVC pipe into the 1.5', it was too large. How did you get yours to fit? The second thing we're wondering is where to find the MDF. We've only been to Lowes so far, and their thickness is 21/32, and according to my friend that will absolutely not do; we have to stick straight to your guidelines. Where did you find your MDF?

  8. Apparently there is quite a bit of variation on the diameters of PVC tubing. The ones I had fit just fine but the next time I built it it wouldn't fit! What I've done is cut a 1/4″ slot out pipe on the table saw, aimed a heat gun down it until soft and then crammed it into the 1.5″ to cool. You can also just use a wooden dowel if you can find one in a size that fits the pipe.

    I get my MDF at Home Depot. They have 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″. It's not expensive but ALWAYS check the cull bin where they cut wood for you. If there's any MDF in it, it will only cost 51¢ no matter what the size. I recently got a 3' x 8' piece of 1/2″ MDF for 51¢ instead of the $25 for that extra foot on the side!

    Feel free to email me directly (in the “View my complete profile”) if you have any other questions.

  9. RE:juliet_photography

    Most of the cost of the Ritona rifles comes from the actual gun parts I use. I try to find bipods on eBay for $15-25, scope rings are about $8, sling hardware is about $10. The MDF, wood and PVC probably costs about $20-30. Altogether the last one came to about $80 for materials.

    Assembled the gun weighs about 8lbs…hefty but not too bad!

  10. Tachikawa says:

    I love how you making thus Weapon…
    especially Yoko Ritona Sniper…
    I hope you can make more good weapon…
    Ganbatte…I will make your blog as a guide…
    Please feel free to view my page…
    I will try to put my cosplay prop too…
    Because this year is my first time making it…

  11. i would love to contact you via email but i am unable to :( i am very interested in your work

  12. Why, it's mike(at)blindsquirrelprops.com!

  13. zanderwitaz says:

    hey mike, I was wondering where you got your screw on sling mounts and pink rifle sling. I cant seem to find them anywhere! thanks

  14. I bought a bunch on eBay. Search for “rifle sling”. I have a TON of pink sling material…email me to order.

  15. Awesome rifle! I want to build this rifle for a friend, but I can't seem to actually locate your plans. I clicked on the “free plans” link, but it just goes to a blank mediafire page. Could you help me out?

  16. The link works for me but if you still have trouble, email me and I'll send them to you.

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