Long gone are the days of shooting stretchy rubber bands from the crook of your hand, obviously. Ukrainian designer Alexander Shpetniy has created a model that'll give you second thoughts about the damage the stretchy bands can do. His design, Rubber Band Machine Gun (RBMG) may look like some sort of strange, modern sculptural piece, but it's actually a pretty intimidating rubber band shooter that might be a bit more pain-inflicting than the usual finger shooter.
The fully automatic device is made of CNC-cut plywood and comes in three different finishes: light wood, black and burnt wood color. While the natural finish of the design is a welcome change from the plastic rainbow-hued toys we generally see in this genre, its capabilities are the real points of interest.
We wouldn't recommend putting out your candles with this thing (as the video sort of suggests). The entire RBMG set comes with 700 spare rubber bands, a rack for the gun and a "fast charging device,"—a specially designed tool that's used to quickly load up to 14 rubber bands at once. It even looks like you can adjust the speed of the bands by placing them in different notches on the loading strips. This isn't necessarily a toy for kids. Think more along the lines of buying this for that uncle who spends his free time perfecting his can-shooting in the backyard.
While we can't vouch for the accuracy, it looks pretty neat. The project is running a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise $5,000 for the first serial run of the machine. In true DIY/hack spirit, you can even buy it disassembled so you learn all the ins and outs of the semi-scary rubber band shooter yourself. Who knows, he could be onto something—like the guy who made millions off of the Super Soaker idea.