Rubber-band shotgun Kickstarter

Bob Coulston, a woodworker and contractor, has a wildly oversubscribed Kickstarter for a laser-cut plywood "shotgun" rubber-band gun that fires tons of rubber bands at once. There are a couple different kits, and both look like good fun.

The Sheriff shotgun kit is 14 pieces of laser cut plywood stacked and held together with binding bolts (no glue required) to form an awesome one of a kind 10 shot rubber band shotgun kit with three methods of firing.

The 3 modes of shooting:

* "Single Shot" - Pull the trigger to launch a single shot and pump the actuator back to reload the next rubber band

* "Rapid Fire" - Hold the trigger back while pumping the actuator rapidly to launch an arsenal of rubber bands that nothing can escape.

* "Shotgun Blast" - Pump the actuator until all rubber bands are at the top and then pull the trigger to fire a scattered blast of rubber bands that will knock over about anything.

Worlds first, multi-action rubber band shotgun in an easy to build kit.


  1. How is this Kickstarter “oversubscribed” exactly? I’d say its equally subscribed to the people who wish to subscribe/back to the project. 

        1. But ‘popular’ doesn’t give the same information that ‘oversubscribed’ does.  He’s gotten more than $20K on a $5K goal, thus oversubscribed.

  2. A pal used to get into rubber-band gun fights at work, with the industrial-strength variety. One day a guy showed up with long stick with multiple notches, and a string he laid down along the length of the stick.He loaded up about twenty bands, aimed, and pulled the string up. The noise of all the bands flying through the air was almost as much fun as the target strike.  

    1.  I wish I could remember who said this:

      “Just remember: It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

      “Then it’s F’ing hilarious!”

  3.  Rubber-band shotgun Kickstarter. 

    Damn… it makes me so happy, that no matter how old I get, there can still be new combinations of words I’d never imagined. 


  4. When I was growing up my parents wouldn’t let me have any toy guns, even water pistols. They didn’t think guns were a suitable theme for children’s play.

    Now when I watch the children in that video grinning as they pump their shotguns, I get a twinge of guilt and unease.

    1. My parents would not let us have toy guns or BB guns either.  They felt it would be dangerous for us to think of guns as toys seeing as my parents had real guns that they kept around the house (loaded).  We all turned out ok…

    2. I have a slightly different experience, but similar.

      I wasn’t allowed toy weapons as a kid (and I get why), and now whenever I see a a youngen with a plastic gun pretending to kill everyone at a bus stop it makes me really uncomfortable, and worry about their psychology.  I’m not sure if that’s just due to my upbringing though – especially as I’ll happily do the same in a video game and not think anything of it.

      In summary I don’t know what I think about toy weapons.

    3. I was actually encouraged to play with guns as a kid. We had lots of rifles. My first was given to me at 12 I think. Maybe 10. 

      We had rifles in the house and Dad taught us mostly about safety. We knew where the guns were kept locked up, where the bullets were and that we were never, ever allowed to touch them unless he was with us and we where at a range or in the woods – they were for hunting only. We were taught respect for the power and danger of guns but also not to be afraid of them so that we could handle them knowledge and awareness.

      We also played Cowboys and Indians (I had to learn what racism was later) and occasionally the school or some concerned parent would take our toy guns away. We played with a piece of wood or whatever was around – like a finger. (“Bang bang, I got you! You’re totally dead, so lie down and count to ten.”) So, kids will probably always find a way to play guns so long as there are real guns. 

      There was never any confusion about toys vs. real guns though, and as an adult I too cringe a little when I see kids with any kind of gun. But for us, it really was a reflection of my father’s outlook that you might need to use a gun someday so you needed to know what it was and how to use it to get food. Not a skill I’ve grown to need – as a vegetarian, carrots are easy to catch and kill.

      The lesson I take from it all is that while I don’t feel comfortable seeing kids and guns together, I think education is important and kids can learn to be respectful of firearms. The real problem as I see it, is that guns remind us all of mankind’s propensity for violence. And even though the human animal is smart enough to rise above violence in all it’s forms, we don’t seem to be willing to.


    1. Think of all the workers in the rubber band factory or the eye surgeons who will now have the money to adopt the stray puppy or kitten from the animal shelter. Do you hate puppies and kittens?

    2.  I think you should just be ashamed in general.

      Play is part of how the rest of us interact, it’s actually fundamental to being human.

  5. looks a lot like the “P6 elastic” and “P8 elastic” rubber band guns they had here in Italy back in the ’80s. I say “they had” ’cause my parents never bought me one… :(

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