For the first awesome stuff
post of the new year, we decided to go with something fun: rubber band guns. Not sure exactly why, but it just feels appropriate.
- First up we've go the Palladium Gun, a rubber band gun kit that lets you create a basic rubber band gun that can hold 10 rubber bands.
The project is only about 30% funded with two weeks to go, so it might not make it. There don't seem to be any updates or comments, so it's not clear how engaged the creator really is with the project. Still, a simple, straightforward rubber band gun for about $30.
- Of course, one reason why the Palladium might not be getting that much attention is... because of the Rubber Band Machine Gun with unique Fast Charger -- or the RBMG, for short. Rubber band machine guns are not a particularly new concept. And, in fact, there was another one on Kickstarter just a few months ago. But the RBMG seems to have gone bigger and better than many of the previous designs -- and costing less than many comparable rubber band machine guns. The damn thing can shoot 672 rubber bands in a single go -- releasing all of them in about a minute. Oh, and the other useful bit is the "fast charger" device that he's offering with it, because without it, I imagine that spending the time to load up 672 rubber bands might not be that much fun.
The project has shot way past its $5,000 goal and is currently over $70,000 with a little under two weeks to go. Since the guns are mostly being hand made by this one guy in the Ukraine, I would imagine there may be some concerns with his ability to actually build 600+ of these things and get them out in any reasonable time period. The other oddity is that he did a rookie Kickstarter mistake, and didn't include shipping fees in the tiers, telling basically everyone they have to pay $30 more than the tier actually requires for shipping. I'm sure many will pay it, but it may lead to problems for those who don't. Still, it's a pretty impressive project, at a good price (~$130 to $140 once you pay the shipping) compared to similar rubber band machine guns. That other one that was on Kickstarter a few months ago was a lot cheaper, but held many fewer rubber bands.
That's it for this week. Don't shoot your eye out.