Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

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Project by melarky posted 07-29-2014 05:57 AM 3169 views 27 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this fun rubber band gun in a weekend and made a video of the build along with an instructable ( with step by step instructions and free printable templates so others could make this fun project too. I had a fun time making this project, and my kids have a fun time playing with it (ok, so do I).

I made a few other guns before this one, testing out different things before I finally landed on this design. Some of my other guns used metal hardware for the hand crank (bearings and screw rods etc…), but I really wanted to get it made completely out of wood and still have a smooth hand crank, and this design fits the bill nicely.

I hope other have as much fun making this as I did.

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 06:24 AM

Welcome to LJ! I love those rubber band machine guns ;-) Thanks for the link ;-)

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 10:03 AM

Good job. Looks like fun.

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 11:44 AM

I didn,t like the hard core sound ;) but you have made a good video and also clearly instructions. I also like the gun. Thank you for sharing.

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 01:05 PM

That is a neat project. I have a plastic one that I bought at a craft sale.
I also like the build video and the attached videos on the lever action rubber band gun and the fully automatic one.

Thanks for sharing. ...............Jim

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 01:26 PM

Thanks for the welcome everyone! I have made some other rubber band machine guns that I may try to lay out as well. There is a semi-automatic machine gun that uses the spoke wheel to fire rubber bands 1 at a time (it can only hole about 20ish rubber bands at a time though). I made one for my 2 oldest boys and they are fun, but this gatling gun is obviously funner :)

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 02:23 PM

Thanks for sharing this! I’ve wanted to make one of these for a long time…

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 02:35 PM

Too cool. Just the thing to get me in trouble with all the relatives. Nice work.

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 02:53 PM


Just the thing to get me in trouble with all the relatives.
- doubleDD

Better give the drum set first.

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 05:46 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks and what a great project to start with!

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 06:23 PM

Awesome i gotta make a couple of these

And welcome to LJ’s you will love it here

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 06:30 PM

I love it. I’m glad you owned up to playing with it, because I was going to call you out if you tried to deny it. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-29-2014 06:33 PM

I love it. I m glad you owned up to playing with it, because I was going to call you out if you tried to deny it. :-)

- CharlieM1958

Yeah, I think I just tell my wife that it’s for the kids so she lets me spend more money and time on these projects than I should, but they are usually for me :)

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 08:40 PM

That is incredible. Nice job and welcome to LJ’s!

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 09:36 PM

Very interesting! I like to have one. Looks like a fun machine.

I would like to offer this rubber band advice: Basic science in shooting a rubber band
The rubber band will go further if there is rotation in the motion.
In northern hemisphere, the rotation is counter clockwise (right handed golfer would be a draw).
To create that motion the left side should have more tension to the opposite side.

Try it & compare to equal tension. Which version will go further?

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#15 posted 07-29-2014 09:39 PM

Ohhh, that’s awesome.Thnx for the link. I’ve gotta build a few o these.

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