Introduction: Fun With Rubber Bands

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How-to's that can be used with almost any rubber bands or rubber band guns!

Step 1: "Spur Gear" Rubber Band Guns

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If you have a rubber band gun with a "spur gear" in the back (the most common kind of modern rubber band gun), then you're in luck: I have a modification!
MODIFICATION:
If you want to modify a rubber band gun with a spur gear, use whatever is sturdy and on hand! I chose to make mine out of cheap but thick particle board(?), as it is the easiest for me to work with, and yet pretty sturdy (if worked with just the right way). First things first: decide what kind of weapon you want. There are a few basic/general types:
-Pistol
-Shotgun
-Machine Gun/Submachine Gun
-Rifle/Sniper Rifle
I'll start with the Pistol: If you have something that ISN'T a pistol, just shorten it a lot!!! It's as easy as pie. Shorten the "barrel", and make a notch at the end. Add whatever is needed if you have a pistol (lengthen it).
If you want a Shotgun, then take out a few pieces of wood. Make a wide "barrel". If you want, make a "barrel" tip like mine, as it allows for more rubber bands than any store-bought rubber band gun ever will with a single "barrel"!
Machine Guns and Submachine Guns are pretty easy, as there plenty of designs. Mine is based somewhere between the Uzi and the MP-7 and the machine guns that were used in The Incredibles, by Syndrome's guards. Those things were pretty good. I have yet to make a scope, though...
Rifles are the second-easiest, besides pistols, as you just lengthen the "barrel". Really easy.
FOR ALL OF THE GUNS:
Make a notch of some sort at the end of the "barrel".
ANOTHER MOD FOR ANY GUN:
But, then again, you might just want to make it look cooler. If you want that, either add a "silencer" or start looking for features of guns you think look cool. A "silencer" is just a piece of PVC pipe that fits loosely (or very loosely) over the "barrel". Sadly, the name is misleading, as the gun makes even more noise than before. Beware, the "silencer" may affect your rubber band gun in unexpected and unwanted ways, such as spreading the rubber bands and throwing off accuracy slightly. If you do this mod, then never fear: you can always take it off! It is held to the gun by the tension of the rubber bands. This can let you do crazy things, like firing 3 shots with the "silencer" on, taking off the silencer, and revealing 3 shots not using the "silencer".
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ANY GUN:
If you have the small bar as seen on my Compact Rifle-1or pistol (stock), DO NOT remove it, as it keeps the rubber bands from jamming the gun, and out of the firing mechanism. If you don't have one, never fear! Just bolt, nail, screw, glue, or...fuse?...any prism with a flat surface on one side (or not, if you're not gluing or fusing it on). The prism should be anywhere between 1 inch and 2 inches in front of the trigger mechanism, but keep in mind that prisms with rounded tops keep the stress off of rubber band guns. Besides, I like them better.

Step 2: For Those of You Who STILL Use Band-It Type Rubber Band Guns.

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If you have a rubber band gun that uses a simple clothespin thumb trigger, look here!

Like the Spur Gear rubber band guns, Band-It guns can also be made into pistols, shotguns, rifles, and machine guns. Except machine guns must either have a lot of clothespins or can't have much ammo loaded.
Pistols are the easiest! Just take a piece of wood, make a 45-degree angle cut at one point, and glue the pieces together in any way you want! Then just glue a clothespin to the top, around the barrel-handle joint, and make a notch at the front.
Machine guns are just wooden models of the real thing, except with a notch at the end of the "barrel" and clothespins on the top, near the handle.
Rifles are generally just pistols with LONG barrels (and possibly scopes or sights).
Shotguns can be the hardest, as you may want to fire it with one "barrel", two "barrels", or the two types of "barrels" combined! In the last case, just copy my design, minus the TINY notches, as rubber bands can get stuck in them REALLY easily. Just make the rounded-off notches, the widest ones. For this, take out either your rotary saw, your hand file/sanding-type thing, or even a Dremel with some sort of high-strength cutting wheel or other thing...and cut the rounded notches already!!!

If you want to make either the revolver or shotgun, here are a few hints:
-The Revolver requires a peg of some sort that won't come loose no matter how much you turn it. NEVER fasten the barrel to the handle permanently, as it must rotate (or revolve). For best results (or not), make a bunch of Band-It pistols on the sides of a prism of some sort, whether it's hexagonal, octagonal, or square. Equal and even shapes work best (hexagons, octagons, squares, etc.), but are countered (undone) if you don't drill the hole IN THE MIDDLE!!! The whole assembly will be the barrel, by the way.
-The Revolver needs slits or slots or wide grooves of some sort to make sure you don't have to twist rubber bands to load them, which will be the downfall of your rubber band revolver if you're not careful.
-The Shotgun can fire using two barrel ends: the regular, commonly used pistol- or rifle-style basic horizontal slot (be careful about firing order to prevent jamming), and the plus-shaped slot. The advantage of the plus-shaped slot is that you can fire in whichever order you like, if you figure it out. Another way to use the plus-shaped barrel is to have two separate barrels. This will be a lot easier (just make a notch in each of them), but needs more material and may look nicer or more authentic.
-The Spreadgun is like a shotgun on steroids, but it cannot use rubber "buckshot". It requires two slots per barrel and three barrels (but yours will probably have different amounts). Three barrels, three rubber bands per barrel, nine shots total.
Don't want to download the video? It's on Youtube:

Step 3: Hand Shooting

As the Guide to rubber band shooting with hands is dead, I'll just jot down what I know. Comments on this page will be considered part of this page, because I don't know too much about hand shooting.

1. Classic/Shotgun: Stretch the rubber band using your right index finger and right thumb from your left thumb, and let go with your right fingers to fire. Not the easiest or most accurate, but very quick.
2. Pistol: Hold your right hand in a fist in front of you, then raise your thumb and stick out your index finger and pinkie. Put one end of the rubber band around your index finger, around your thumb, and onto the tip of your pinkie. Then press your pinkie to your palm to hold the rubber band, and move it away from your palm for a second to release the rubber band. Easy when practiced, somewhat quick and easy to aim.

Comments

giike3 (author)2012-07-20

Amazing I find the shotgun more accurate than the pistol whats your response.
Still amazing

Maxaxle (author)giike32012-07-22

In a general sense, more tension on the rubber band = higher accuracy, however you have to make sure that the band(s) you fire are stretched correctly (or it will fly to the left or to the right), and that it's being pointed at your target correctly (using your entire arm to point at your target usually helps, as does using your off-hand to steady your shooting hand).

Also, I found a guide to shooting rubber bands, possibly even the one that was "dead".
http://www.timothymorgan.info/static/bands/index.html

sharlston (author)2009-08-08

nice ible its really cool and well written :)

Maxaxle (author)2009-05-23

Boy, and it's not that weird; there are many people named Alex where I live.

dodo91 (author)Maxaxle2009-06-01

cool.

barrax (author)2009-03-29

you should have called the CR-1 the MP40. (look Mp40 up on google) also magnum is a type of bullet.

Maxaxle (author)barrax2009-05-23

I had no knowledge of guns whatsoever at the time, and my little brother named the Double Mag.

RMConstruction (author)2009-05-15

The guide is dead! RIP 'The Guide' !!!

Maxaxle (author)RMConstruction2009-05-23

Oh noes! *fix fix fix*

bylerfamily (author)2009-02-10

Thanks for the great ible!Its favorited and 5/5 rating.

FutJJ (author)2009-01-11

why placing your name on it? that is weird...

Maxaxle (author)2009-01-02

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Maxaxle (author)2009-01-01

Yeah, uhm, WOW. I don't remember making that account, but the comments definately all ring bells. And that's a picture of me as the avatar :P .

loggerhead (author)2008-03-10

were do you get the rubber band gun

Maxaxle (author)loggerhead2009-01-01

Some specialty stores may carry them, but you will probably have better luck making your own or looking online.

Maxaxle (author)loggerhead2008-03-21

I got them from far-off shops, the most recent being Apple Box Toys.

imkwl12345 (author)2008-12-22

sawn-off shotguns are just shotguns with short barrels "sawn-off" so the shot spreads more

jayro707 (author)2008-04-27

PLACE INSTRUCTIBLE ON HOW TO MAKE RUBBER BAND GUN... I DONT KNOW HOW TO MAKE THEM

Maxaxle (author)jayro7072008-07-12

1. ALL CAPS = ALL CRAPS!!!!
2. I don't know how to make good rubber band guns, but look around. Sure, I can make clothespin ones (just copy my designs), but no semi-automatics or machine guns.

imkwl12345 (author)Maxaxle2008-12-22

i no how 2 make them fully auto an u can use them semi-auto if u want if u wna no how 2 get bak 2 me on soldat_fan@hotmail.com

~INVENTOR~ (author)jayro7072008-12-08

i have made one before that is really cool. mabye ill post it for you.

~INVENTOR~ (author)2008-12-08

this is really cool. you have a lot. i have one i perchased from a store, and one i made myself. its really good. its a long rifle. i like your other video on the silencer. im going to make one.

manu11 (author)2008-02-03

how far do they shoot and where do u get rubberbands?

DJDeegee (author)manu112008-11-19

In a store?

Maxaxle (author)manu112008-02-17

It depends on the way you fire the rubber bands, but typically 10 to 30 feet. Most of my rubber bands are from Staples, but the HUGE ones that are typically included with a rubber band gun can't be found at any regular office supply store. You have to look REALLY hard for those, and the closest one to me is what feels like an hour's drive (Argh!).

random joe (author)Maxaxle2008-08-15

large rubber band for airplanes can be bot at a hobby store

manu11 (author)2008-02-02

The Revolver is awesome!

Maxaxle (author)manu112008-02-17

Thx, I basically took a regular band-it style pistol and copied it around a single barrel.

Maxaxle (author)2008-01-25

Yes, I am just new getting around to that. I have the pics, but I didn't earlier. I've been busy for weeks at a time!

Maxaxle (author)Maxaxle2008-01-30

Yay! Pics are up!

bofthem (author)2007-12-10

Thanks for publishing. This tutorial looks good, but needs pictures to really shine on the site. What tends to happen is that Instructables without pictures get lost in the crowd and don't see many hits. I've unpublished your project for now but it would be great if you could add in some images and then resubmit your Instructable.

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