The Any Rubber Band Shooter

Any Rubber Band shooter

We came up with this simple design for one of our first family Thanksgiving Turkey Shoots in the early 90's. The "Any" Rubber Band Shooter has proven to be more flexible, durable and acurate than our other designs sporting triggers and other "acuracy" improvements. We hope you have as much fun making and using them as we have.

'Any Rubber Band gun' parts


Firring strip
Pine 1.25 x 3/8 x 14 inches for grips
Firring strip
Pine 0.5 x 3/8 x 12 inches for the rail (can cut a wider firring strip in half)
Wooden clothes pin
Used for the rubber band trigger
Firring strip or wood scraps
Cut to desired target base and upright sizes
Angle brackets
2 metal brackets for target base
Heavy wire
From clothes hanger or lampshade for target
4 large smooth beads for target
Corrugated Cardboard
Cut to fit target base
Paper clips
3 paper clips for target
Wood glue
May also need sand paper, a file or a hand saw
Electric or hand drill for holes in target upright
Needle nose plyers
Electric or hand drill for holes in target upright
For finishing the shooter and targets

Put It Together

Though it is a unique design, this is an easy shooter to assemble and decorate.

Build it:

  1. Carve a "7"-shaped slot at one end of the rail for an anchor slot.
  2. Cut the 0.5 x 3/8 x 12-inch firring strip into two 3-inch long pieces (A in the diagram) and two 4-inch long pieces (B).
  3. Glue one of the 3-inch pieces under the anchor slot end of the rail. This forms the fore-grip.
  4. Glue the other 3-inch piece between the two 4-inch pieces. All three pieces must be flush (lined up) at one end. This forms the trigger-grip.
  5. Glue the clothes pin in the slot in the top of the trigger-grip. The slot may need to be carved or sanded wider near the top to fit the clothes pin and its spring. Wood glue holds all the parts together very well.
  6. After all parts are dry, fit the rail into the slide hole near the top of the trigger-grip. If the fit is too tight to slide smoothly, sand or file the rail.
  7. Paint all but the rail with acrylic paint.
A resetting target

Make resetting targets:

  1. Drill a hole in each base upright, centered near the top. The wire will pass through these holes.
  2. Using the angle brackets, form the target base using wood adjusted to the size you desire for the base and uprights. The uprights are more than half the height of the corrugated cardboard targets.
  3. Cut three corrugated cardboard rectangle targets making sure the corrugations run across the width. Their width is one-third the inside width of the base minus the width of 4 beads.
  4. Decorate the targets as desired. For our Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot, we draw and paint turkeys on separate pieces of thick paper and glue them on to the targets. Coating the targets with a finish helps keep them nice for years.
  5. Cut the length of stiff wire at least an inch longer than the outside width of the base.
  6. Drive one end of the wire through a center corrugation of each target to test fit. Remove the wire from the targets.
  7. Bend half an inch of one end of the wire at a right angle.
  8. Start the wire through one of the uprights. Put a bead on the wire followed by a target, a bead, a target, a bead, a target and a bead.
  9. Thread the wire through the other upright. Make sure the targets rotate freely. Bend the wire that sticks out down at a right angle.
Loading the shooter

Shooting Rubber Bands

The best feature of this rubber band shooter design becomes obvious when it is time to shoot. You can shoot virtually any size rubber band! But if you like your rubber bands by the numbers, number 32 (3-inch) or 33 size rubber bands work very well. A bonus is that almost any age child can easily learn to load it by themselves.

To load the shooter:

Ready to shoot

To shoot the rubber band:

Good Advice: Never point the rubber band shooter at any person or animal!

To increase the "impact" and get a "whiz" out of your shots, pull one side of the rubber band tighter than the other when loading. The easy way is to allow slack only on one side when loading and hold the rubber band ends in the anchor-slot and clip when pulling. This works when shooting by hand as well.

Scriptural Analogy

After we personally accept Jesus as God's solution to our sin problem, He wants us to grow in our knowledge and experience of Him in our lives. To do this, He often challenges us to stretch! In prayer, Bible reading and thinking about Him, He often brings situations to mind where we need to change to think and act more like him.

It is hard work to be stretched in this way because pride, habbits or selfish desires hold us back. Only when God stretches us, can we hit the target He aims us at to show others His love. If we cannot stretch much, we will only be good for hitting close, "easy" targets or we might even get broken!

It is hard for us to fix a broken rubber band, but God is always able to fix us if we let Him.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13

Copyright © 2002 Michael Lastufka, All rights reserved worldwide.