ZumA2 is a cabinetmaker from Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture who works in steel. When he’s not hammering out desks and filing cabinets, he’s using the tools of his trade to fabricate the most gorgeous sci-fi-inspired rubber band guns.
ZumA2 has so far fabricated some 30 different guns and even begun to offer a production model. “Mass-produce” wouldn’t be the right word, as ZumA2 still fashions each one by hand, out of stainless steel and aluminum. The wooden grips found on some of the models are also hand-carved.
ZumA2 told the Japanese news site, RocketNews24, that he was inspired to make his first gun after playing Metal Gear Solid 4 on a Playstation3. It was after having a visit from the Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association that ZumA2 realized rubber band shooting was a serious, competitive hobby (who knew?) and he’s been obsessed ever since.
The fabrication on these objects is so impressive. Many of them have different features for loading, gripping, sighting, and they’re all in different shapes and styles. The attention to detail and undeniably refined shopcraft make these especially beautiful machines, far beyond their childish purpose.
Some of the shooters are semi-automatic, firing 10-12 bands. ZumA2 also makes fully automatic rubber band submachine guns that can fire up to 30 rounds at 1000rpm. The model he’s now selling, the Fenrir, costs about 19,000 yen (US $230), but sadly, he’s currently only selling it in Japan.
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