Introduction: The Best Damn Pen Shooter Period.

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This is a WARNING. Do NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES point this at anybody or any living creature. It's a very strong little pen shooter, and can leave more than a mark. I am not going to held accountable for your actions, so if you are not mature enough to handle this carefully... turn away NOW.

Now for the good stuff :)

This is a fun and easy (and cheap) little toy that I invented the other day. It's very strong and shoots very far.

What you'll need:

1 Office Depot Ballpoint pen - very cheap -- 1 dozen for $0.89
(this might work with other pens, but I haven't tried)

1 Rubber band of medium length

Some String


Step 1: Making the Barrel

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Pull the writing end and the little plug on the back of the pen off.
This is a very easy step, if you can't figure it out, you LOSE. Please try again.

Step 2: Placing the Rubberband

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The ideal way to place the rubberband is have it crossed accross the pen (as shown).
You want to make sure that the rubberband lies only about an inch and a half past the firing end when it is fully stretched.

*Note* The firing end is the end opposite the side you write with.
It's the one with the wider hole.

Step 3: Securing the Rubberband

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Use the string to tightly wrap around the rubberband.
How much string you use and where you place it will affect how your rubberband stretches.
Tie the string off at the end so it won't come loose.

Step 4: Loading the Ammo

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Use the ink cartridge as the ammo.
Insert it into the wide hole of the barrel so that the pointy end goes in last.
Let it slide all the way to the bottom.

If you are using an Office Depot pen, the ink cartridge will fit in there very nicely.

Step 5: Firing

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Grab the rubberband and the bottom of the ink cartridge, pull straight back, and release.

*Note* If you pull too tight, the ink cartridge might:
a) break within the pen, thus making a big mess
b) fly too hard and explode as it hits a rigid object, thus making a big mess

If you made this properly, it should fire around 30 feet at least.
Make modifications to your rubberband as needed.
Have fun and be safe :) (OR ELSE!)


nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-03-21

 Hmm, step 3 in the last sentence, I'll just give you people an optional thing there for permanence, and it is only recommended if you are using a fairly thick rubber band, just a bit thicker than the one in the images. When you're done tying the string there, just squirt a little bit of glue in there and let it soak in there. Let it dry, and it is really strong. Remember. It's only optional. 

EllaA1 (author)2015-08-07

there is a cuss word in the name!!!!!!

KevinC8 (author)2015-04-25

made a pen gun similar to this but takes less steps and is way stronger

killerhamstr (author)2012-08-08

I've spent ages messing around with these over the years and for the most powerful shooter use the 'barrel' from the crayola twisty crayon things. You'll notice the improvement! :)

Mc. Evil (author)2012-02-20

Thanks for this now i can finally get that annoying cat down the street

Atlas Portal 2 (author)Mc. Evil2012-04-06

wait is this cat out to get you?

Atlas Portal 2 (author)Mc. Evil2012-04-06

you mean kill it or just hurt it

Atlas Portal 2 (author)2012-04-06

nope not getting a ink cartridge in my thumb nope

Mc. Evil (author)2012-02-20

the cat down the street is doomed

Atlas22 (author)2009-11-23


this is ment to be a fun class wepon thingy,
You guys are all thinking like your planing to break out of

Ichindar1271 (author)Atlas222011-11-09

Its really good though

an1153 (author)Atlas222011-10-20


falloutman19 (author)Atlas222011-10-08

says the guy with shanks as his picture

jhiggins-1 (author)Atlas222011-02-23

alright dude calm down :(

Ariskis (author)Atlas222011-02-18

I know right?

MrGreenankle (author)Atlas222010-07-06

Says the man with custom-built knifes as his avatar...

glugnar (author)Atlas222009-12-05

maybe we are

glugnar (author)glugnar2009-12-05

lol jk

jschap1 (author)2011-10-07

This design works at least as well and has the advantage of not requiring string.

imBobertRobert (author)2011-08-16

im a hero. i shot this at a teacher "accidentaly" and i missed, and instead broke the mirror for the overhead (aka lightbox) and my teacher freaked out and quit!!!

markmengele (author)2010-04-05

if you think this is cool come check out my 3ft long version. i have one picture of it  on profile and the 1/2in dowels it shoots really pack a punch.

tgoldbeck (author)markmengele2011-07-26

Thats wut she said

bwells2 (author)markmengele2011-07-10

Look's deadly, you could probably hunt birds with it.

jhiggins-1 (author)markmengele2011-02-23

that is pretty ausum :D

bwells2 (author)2011-07-10

Can you hunt birds with it?

Couso (author)2010-04-01

 I made one of these a few years ago at work on my break in the stock room, and instead of using the ink part of the pen, I used a small metal rod that broke off one of the metal baskets.  I launched it nearly about 30 feet through the stock room and the rod went straight through a box and out the other side.  I decided to throw it away after that hahaha

prince jkc (author)Couso2011-04-17

its dangerous thats why????

waffleoffate (author)2011-04-04

man this thing could seriously puncture a trachea or two

jhiggins-1 (author)2011-02-23

i have a similar one but all mine is is a the body of a pen with a balloon or you could use an elastic band on the end and you simply put the pen ink thing in pull it back and fire how bout you try great fun and will be great humour at a party as it does not hurt one bit :D

munaib rumjaun (author)2011-02-21

interesting !!

legendx (author)2011-01-10

it hurts

freelife571 (author)2010-12-18

A short,thick rubberband i found has shot the hardest,so if this design works with a small one and is powerful,try a thick one.

the all powerful cow (author)2010-12-01

this is a simple yet effective design... so i took it made it double barreled and made some other modificatiions

CaseBoy (author)2010-07-21

or you can use those super small rubber bands from braces.

pokerstud001 (author)2010-07-20

You hardly invented this, these have been around for ever...

lilpicollo37 (author)2010-06-29

I made one of the pen shooters and it works but you need to make a video because it took me a while to figure it out and when I did it went about 20.

wats-a-username (author)2008-03-09

i made one in class and my teacher took it up and he kinda looked down da barrel and it got within half an inch of his eye it left an embarassing welt and i got 3 detentions for bringing a potential weapon to class.

why would a teacher (who is supposed to be "smarter") Look down the barrel of a gun??? thats just stupid.

Colonel88 (author)bounty10122009-11-19

That is so stereotypical.

BTW "Wait, Mr. Thompson, that thing is dangerous. Especially the end with the hole."

P.S. Don't "That's what she said" me. >:D

muberblob (author)Colonel882010-03-31

lo, that is the name of the principal at my elementary school!


like ur avatar

thx its ratchet and clank I love it

 thats what she said

Atlas22 (author)Colonel882009-11-23


Colonel88 (author)Atlas222009-11-25


bounty1012 (author)Colonel882009-11-20

Yes but it is true, except in a few instances such my friend is smarter than the science teacher herself.

he didnt know wat it was.

and I dont remember making that comment up there.... hmm....


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