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Rubber Band Machine Gun holds 672 elastic shots

The rubber band gun of your childhood can just quit now. The Rubber Band Machine Gun puts it to shame.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Rubber Band Machine Gun
Finally, a much cooler way to store your rubber band collection. Alex Shpetniy

I had a rubber band gun when I was a kid. It was made from a scrap of wood and had all the shooting accuracy of a blueberry pancake. Nonetheless, it came in handy for the local kid-wars. If only I had access to the Rubber Band Machine Gun, I would have ruled the neighborhood.

The elastic-flinging device has already shot past its $5,000 funding goal on Kickstarter. Rubber-band Gatling guns have been created before, but the Kickstarter project creator has refined the concept and brought the price down to the $100 level.

The gun is built from birch plywood cut with a CNC machine. A small motor running on five AA batteries rotates the barrel when you pull the trigger. It propels bands up to 26 feet, releasing 14 per second.

Normally, it would take a lot of time to load 672 rubber bands onto a rubber band gun, but the $100 pledge level includes a fast charger, an extra device that loads 14 bands at a time. To get to maximum capacity, you have to load three bands onto each slot.

As usual when dealing with projectiles of any kind, don't point this rubber-band-blasting bad boy at people or animals. Target shooting should keep you plenty busy, plus you'll spend plenty of time picking up the detritus after zapping 672 rubber bands around your house.

Rubber Band Machine Gun colors
The rubber-band gun comes in three color options. Alex Shpetniy