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Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun - Easy Weekend Project

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This super fun rubber band gatling gun project can be completed in a weekend with inexpensive material and basic tools that most people already have. There are easier ways to make some of these parts using expensive specialized tools, but we tried to make the entire guide more accessible by using basic available tools that anyone can use.

The plans and templates are available for FREE to download on this site, and the method shown in the videos and described in this instructable will make it easy (even for a novice wood worker) to complete this project and start slinging rubber in no time!

The gun can shoot LOTs of rubber bands, the only limiting factor to the number of rubber bands it can hold is how many rubber bands can physically fit on each barrel without slipping off. The limit is very high though, and should be ample ammo to dominate any rubber band gun fight!

There is a process to loading the rubber bands, and it's a little tricky at first, but by watching the video on how to load the rubber band gun, and practicing, you should be able to master the process in no time!

I enjoy making projects like this, and have used CNC machines and a laser cutter for similar projects, but access to those machines can be a problem (I only have access to the laser machine during school semesters). I am entering this into the EPILOG CHALLENGE VI contest (among others) and hope to win a personal laser machine to produce more fun projects like this one. If you like this project, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

 
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SamC523 days ago

very nicely done, and thank you for sharing.

melarky (author)  SamC520 days ago

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

shaker made it!1 month ago

Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txb4X_v61Ns

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melarky (author)  shaker1 month ago

That looks great! Thanks for posting the video too, so fun. That really turned out nice!

Leonardo, veja o site do "Manual do Mundo" onde vice ira encontrar um video em portugues das intruções de como fazer tudo. Feliz 2015!!!
magal20131 month ago

THANK YOU , STAY WITH GOD .

It was a little difficult to find all materials near my home in São Paulo City (Brazil). I use the 9/16 for all holes, and use in dowels of 15mm in all project. I found a shelve board of 20mm for all the body parts.
BTW: I add a ammo box (Altoids box) and improv a small removable tripod.
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GOOD AFTERNOON , MY NAME IS LEONARDO , AM BRAZILIAN . WILL WOULD THE POSSIBILITY OF ME YOU SEND THE MOULD MACHINE GUN OF ELASTIC IN PDF BY MAIL , THANK YOU AND WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR . FOLLOW MY MAIL: leoscms@hotmail.com.br .

melarky (author)  magal20131 month ago

If you go to step 3 of this instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/Gatling-Rubber-Band-Machine-Gun-Easy-Weekend-Proje/step3/Printing-the-Templates/) you can download the PDF for free (it's at the bottom of that page). If you need to convert the measurements to metric, check out the comments from ericesquivelbr for some tips and tricks as he just finished his project and converted it all to metric, and it turned out great! Good luck.

melarky (author)  ericesquivelbr2 months ago

I like it! I like the altoids tin ammo clip, and the tripod. Is it easier to shoot with the tripod? Well done!

magal20131 month ago

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magal20131 month ago

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magal20131 month ago

GOOD AFTERNOON , MY NAME AND LEONARDO AND MORO IN BRAZIL . Would there be The POSSIBILIDADDE YOU SEND ME THE MOULD OF MACHINE GUN IN PDF ELASTICO BY MAIL FROM JA AND THANK YOU WISH A HAPPY NEW YEAR . FOLLOW MY MAIL: leoscms@hotmail.com.br .

All hints I used, and adapted, from a Brazilian site "Manual do Mundo" from Iberê Thenório...
melarky (author)  ericesquivelbr2 months ago

Thanks, that should help others wanting to make it in metric.

CaiE2 months ago

You are heavy weapons person

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melarky (author)  CaiE2 months ago

Is that a comment about my weight ;)

I made it!! Great fun, several adaptations with Brazilian metric system, phew... B^D
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melarky (author)  ericesquivelbr2 months ago

Nice! It looks great, do you have any hints or pointers to others that are converting this to metric?

serto

KruschewskyG2 months ago
davidbarcomb2 months ago

Amazing stuff! Thank you

melarky (author)  davidbarcomb2 months ago

Thanks!

melarky (author) 3 months ago
The templates are on step 3, just click on that step and you can download the free PDFs. Good luck.
c3d4ffa1b23 months ago

How can i download it? Can you send it to my email? If yes, this is my email: xaugustox75@gmail.com

c3d4ffa1b23 months ago

How can i download it? Can you send it to my email? If yes, this is my email: xaugustox75@gmail.com

ShennonP3 months ago

Top, Show.

melarky (author)  ShennonP3 months ago

Glad you liked it!

leoc23 months ago

Coool

melarky (author)  leoc23 months ago

Thanks!

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ProSoft3 months ago

Where can i find the templates to download?

melarky (author)  ProSoft3 months ago

Go to step 3 of this instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/Gatling-Rubber-Band-Machine-Gun-Easy-Weekend-Proje/step3/Printing-the-Templates/) and the PDF templates are near the bottom of that step for download (they are free to download, don't even need an instructable account I think, you can just download them). Good luck.

JM19995 months ago

How many rubber bands can it shoot and at what rate of fire?

melarky (author)  JM19995 months ago

I had over 100 (I think it was around 105) loaded in the video. I could have probably squeezed a few more on, but that is pretty close to capacity. The rate of fire is just as fast as you can wind up the string. You can go as fast or as slow as you like. I haven't done the math, but it doesn't take long to empty the gun if you want to :)

can i use a motor with a button instead of a hand crank??

melarky (author)  BrendanTheSequeira3 months ago

Sure, you would have to modify the design a bit, but it would be a fun way to mod the gun. I have an old drill from Harbor Freight that has a nice little motor on it that I think might work and someday when I have more time I'd like to try something like that. If you do it, make sure and take pics and post them here :)

JM1999 melarky5 months ago

Crazy!

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