Introduction: Rubber Band Shooter

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You need nothing but your hand and a band to go gun slinging around the house or office.

Step 1:

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choose your rubber band and prepare your hand.

Step 2:

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load one end of rubber band between pinky and palm.

Step 3:

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loop other end of band around behind your thumb while making pistol with your hand.

Step 4:

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hook loose end of rubber band on your forefinger - now you are loaded.


gomibakou (author)2016-06-30

Today I increase my "dangerousity" x100 :D Simple, nice, clear instructable :D My friends will hate you.

DA OLIBLAA PRO (author)2016-03-20

NICE very fun, i made a target yay, brilliant intractable, very clear and simple steps 10/10

NickCole1953 (author)2015-08-12

From my experience as a kid in the 60s, the secret to accurate flight is to put 'differential tension' on to both sides of the rubber band, so the band spins in flight. In other words, if you ping the band on one side you hear a low note and on the other side you hear a high note.

Crazyninjadj78 (author)2015-03-21

cool i like it

uh cool knex, I didn't know how to do this

JamesV1 (author)2014-08-17

i made it i just need a smaller rubber band

wmakin (author)2014-05-05

You need a #Bowslinger. Nice writeup, and very clear pics. Great Instructable!

samuraijack (author)2014-02-27

i didnt knew this .

thank you.


cool knex13 (author)2012-02-23

I am sorry but we all know this

I am not a mean person so I will give you 2.5*

Gamer Guy (author)cool knex132013-11-12

How do you know that everyone knows this? Do you know everything? I'm pretty sure you don't. I personally did know a trick similar to this, but hadn't used it for a while, so it was a good refresher. Anyway its better than the standard slingshot style. I give your comment a 0.01 out of 100.

monsterlego (author)2011-08-03

oh man Ive been doing this for years, highly recommended!


lhayes11 (author)2012-07-29

Thanx, I learnt how to do this ages ago but forgot almost instantly. BTW my freind Shaun made a pen-ink shooting crossbow gun thing out of a couple of texta lids, one hollow texat and a rubber band.

jlumpkin1 (author)2011-09-22

I already know how to do this for 6years

cstringer1 (author)2011-08-23


blorjar443 (author)2010-01-31

A rubber band war was started in my school a while ago, and the paper wasps dont really sting me and i sell rubber bands and wasp ammo but took my little business "underground" so the princible wouldn't catch me.

cool, at my school, you would get an after school 1 hour detention for shooting a paperwasp at someone, if the teachers catch you that is

mebuildgunz (author)2010-07-12

col lol :-<)

Ziggy Stardust (author)2007-10-07

oh no fair you stole my idea:{

EVERYONE does it. this is just for those dudes who dont know what to do and have never gone out of the house.

lowe (author)Ziggy Stardust2009-03-19

if your rubber band is too small, then you wont be able to hold up your thumb

num chuck (author)2009-09-29


sharlston (author)2009-08-08

nice ible its really cool and well written :)

loltae (author)2009-06-02

good times...goood times...

Jupitane (author)2009-04-12

Hey man! Great instructable! Its all clear to me now...... did i say that out loud?

kevlarlollipop (author)2007-11-22

Yeah, we used to do runbberband wars in school. Loads of people worked out how to go multi-shot but I would stick to one band but rather then lead with my index finger I'd use the thumb of my OTHER hand (positioned as if holding an invisible vertical grip, sort of) and then extend forward. The result is a far more stretched rubber band which achieves MUCH more range and power; regualr rubber band war sniper I was. :P

oh man, same thing happened at my school but with paper wasps. My friends and i waged about 2 campaigns against different groups. and frig those things sting like hell.

lowe (author)Imptheshrimp2009-03-19

I got hit in the eye before. It hurts more than you could even imagine.

Hudmaster (author)2009-03-17

the best thing you can do with a spare rubber band: this

lowe (author)Hudmaster2009-03-19

or put the rubber band on a knex gun

YummyPancakes (author)2008-09-28

Hmmm... Is this one of the oldest Instructables on the site?

u dont know me (author)2008-06-05

This seems to have brought back many memories...

bop96 (author)2007-08-10

my dad has been doing that back in the 50's

andrew101 (author)2007-06-15

ive known this trick for years its not that great

masterchief442 (author)andrew1012007-07-04

Yeah, I have too. It;s not that great.

Maxaxle88 (author)2007-06-11

Whoa, cool! Be careful, though.

samphex (author)2007-06-01

finally a better technique than using index and thumb. Thanks.

randName (author)2006-12-22

I'm very good at aiming with this. My error zone is 10cm

darkwolf749 (author)2006-07-29

If u like dis, u should do the pencl rubber band shooter thing!

the rubber band (author)2006-05-22

Ah... but have you guy hear of the three-shooter hand rubber band gun...

ll.13 (author)2006-04-10

old hat verry old granddad

Joe93 (author)2006-04-06


xamox (author)2006-03-30

Yeah I've known this technique since I was a kid. You want to really get dangerous put the rubberband between your pinky and thumb, stretch it as far and possible, take a paper clip and unfold it until there is one hook left. Hook on that rubber band and launch, they go quite far.

Eggy (author)2006-03-05

FWIW A freind of mine, Leonard, grew up in Indonesia in the 1970s and learnt this rubber band technique from the local kids. He showed it to me in LA in 1997.

cokebottle tuque (author)2005-12-26

i always preferred loading 3 rubber bands starting from the middle finger and working down wen loading then firing from the pinky up. you get the best range with your pinky shot so you want to make sure its the last one to be loaded, this way you can start your attack from a distance and work your up to a nice close range head shot.

sharath (author)2005-10-25

works great!

saul (author)2005-08-15

You can actually load multiple bands on a single finger and shoot "sawn-off" style.

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