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Ah, rubber-band fights: a schoolkid’s rite of passage. Let us fondly recall those heady days of desperately trying to nail our friends in the eyeballs — totally an accident, honest! — with a Mark 1 Mod 0 finger pistol, or the advanced delivery technology provided by a No. 2 pencil.
For a select few, the rubber-band war continues well into adulthood, and this has led to quite an arms race. From Gatling-style rotary blasters to stretch-powered shotguns, these are the five most badass rubber-band cannons the internet has to offer.
5. The Bandit Guns “Sheriff Shotgun.”
Perfected after 100 revisions and Mythbuster-approved, this is actually a fun thing for the kids: a kit gun that you lovingly piece together yourself before using its crazy power to break shit. The reasonably priced, Kansas City-crafted monster fires in three modes — single-shot, rapid-fire, and “shotgun blast” — because sometimes you just want to bury the housecat in a stretchy world of hurt.
4. The Japanese iron-built “Cachalot.”
You know what would be metal as hell? An actual metal rubber-band shooter. Looking like the type of firearm your local steampunk club might keep on hand, this “CQB” pistol has the heft and features of a real handgun — and frankly, a more menacing look. It swings like a stapler to reload, features a trigger safety, and toggles between semi- and full-automatic fire. Plus, if you just want to take your rubber-band fight to Mad Max levels, you can definitely win by pistol-whipping someone.
3. The freaking mother of all miniguns.
Outnumbered? Not for long, thanks to OGG Craft’s P503 Gatling gun — one of the Japanese maker’s 61 rubber-band shooter designs. It runs on a screw-gun motor and is legitimately terrifying… not just to potential targets, but to your rubber-band budgeting. Just be sure all the bad guys are down or fleeing in terror before you stop to reload, because you’re going to be there for a while.
2. The tactical L96A1 “sniper rifle.”
Remember that line about hitting your friend in the eye? This kit gun will probably let you do that, or at least let you geek out over latent fantasies of being a Navy SEAL sniper. It’s an actual bolt-action rubber-band sniper rifle, complete with a bipod, a dummy scope, and a magazine (it doesn’t feed the action, but it’s a convenient place to stash your stretchy ammo). Every time you cycle the bolt, another rubber band is, uh, “chambered.” So, have at it — just don’t ask us how to figure out windage on a rubber-band shooter. And if it’s not your thing, manufacturer RB Guns also makes M9, lever-action Winchester, Colt Army, and MP40 band guns. Every thing a rubbery regiment could need!
1. The “Blow Back” Desert Eagle.
Shoot at the king, you best not miss. And the Desert Eagle .50 is an undisputed king of hand cannons, so it deserves one hell of an homage. What it lacks in firepower, relative to some of its peers on this list, this Desert Eagle makes up in style. Wood finish, with a magazine, and a slide that cycles as you pull the trigger — it even has individual wooden “shells” that eject as you fire.
Does that add anything to the effectiveness of the weapon? What “effectiveness”? It’s a rubber-band gun. It does look really cool though. Want to buy one? So do thousands of YouTube commenters. But the anonymous builder of this behemoth is hobbying, not selling. So you’ll have to settle for salivating over it… and his MAC 10, and his top-break S&W; revolver, and his his Colt Walker. Can we be this guy’s friend?
A Minnesota Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three Guardsmen aboard crashed south of St. Cloud on Thursday, said National Guard spokeswoman Army Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens.
At this time, the National Guard is not releasing any information about the status of the three people aboard the helicopter, Heusdens told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
The Pentagon's latest attempt to twist itself in knots to deny that it is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East has a big caveat.
Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.
The Navy could deploy a second carrier to the Middle East if Trump orders an Iran surge, top admiral says
The Navy could send a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East if President Donald Trump orders a surge of forces to the region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.
Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported the United States is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to deter Iran from attacking U.S. forces and regional allies. The surge forces could include several ships.
I didn't think a movie about World War I would, or even could, remind me of Afghanistan.
Somehow 1917 did, and that's probably the highest praise I can give Sam Mendes' newest war drama: It took a century-old conflict and made it relatable.
An internal investigation spurred by a nude photo scandal shows just how deep sexism runs in the Marine Corps
"I will still have to work harder to get the perception away from peers and seniors that women can't do the job."
Some years ago, a 20-year-old female Marine, a military police officer, was working at a guard shack screening service members and civilians before they entered the base. As a lance corporal, she was new to the job and the duty station, her first in the Marine Corps.
At some point during her shift, a male sergeant on duty drove up. Get in the car, he said, the platoon sergeant needs to see you. She opened the door and got in, believing she was headed to see the enlisted supervisor of her platoon.
Instead, the sergeant drove her to a dark, wooded area on base. It was deserted, no other Marines were around. "Hey, I want a blowjob," the sergeant told her.
"What am I supposed, what do you do as a lance corporal?" she would later recall. "I'm 20 years old ... I'm new at this. You're the only leadership I've ever known, and this is what happens."
She looked at him, then got out of the car and walked away. The sergeant drove up next to her and tried to play it off as a prank. "I'm just fucking with you," he said. "It's not a big deal."
It was one story among hundreds of others shared by Marines for a study initiated in July 2017 by the Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). Finalized in March 2018, the center's report was quietly published to its website in September 2019 with little fanfare.
The culture of the Marine Corps is ripe for analysis. A 2015 Rand Corporation study found that women felt far more isolated among men in the Corps, while the Pentagon's Office of People Analytics noted in 2018 that female Marines rated hostility toward them as "significantly higher" than their male counterparts.
But the center's report, Marines' Perspectives on Various Aspects of Marine Corps Organizational Culture, offers a proverbial wakeup call to leaders, particularly when paired alongside previous studies, since it was commissioned by the Marine Corps itself in the wake of a nude photo sharing scandal that rocked the service in 2017.
The scandal, researchers found, was merely a symptom of a much larger problem.