CUBICLE COMMANDOS---Office Fun For The 21st Century

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What's the hottest new craze in American offices these days? No, it's not Internet poker or cell phone picture parties or even something most people would ever expect to find in their crowded cubicled world.

Remember the good old days when someone in the office got bored, or it was ten to five and nobody wanted to start on a new task for the day? What did people resort to when they needed to let off a little steam, or get back at an office mate who clipped all their paper clips together while they were at lunch or just wanted to act like a kid for ten minutes after a long day of drudgery?

Either they wadded up a paper ball and tossed it over the cubicle wall, hoping to thump a target on the head or they loaded up two fingers with a rubber band for a surreptitious shooting around the corner, right? The idea being to generate a fusillade of return fire that often ended the day on a fun note instead of a dry, "See you tomorrow."

Well, all that's changed--at least the paper ball part of it. Paper is just too expensive to waste and many offices have gone almost paperless, preferring that most work is done on computers. But what about the lowly rubber band? Believe it or not, rubber band shooting has gone high tech. That's right--with patented, multi-shot launching devices the likes of which most adults would have swapped their bikes (as kids) to get one.

Twelve shots, fired from a rotating wheel gun as fast as shooters can pull the trigger, with terrific accuracy reaching out to about ten feet--that's the office toy of choice for today's cubicle commandos. Big boys and girls of all ages are ferreting away these nifty self-defense devices in their desk drawers at work, ready for the 4:50 gang fight that often results when rubber band proliferation dictates a shooter in every corner. Some office workers claim they keep a pair of guns ready so that reloading (a minor hassle) is of minimal concern. After all, how long can the afternoon "war" last? Hint: Only until the clock hits five, or everyone else runs out of rubber bands.

One manufacturer of these desk denizens is SureFire Products of Ft. Worth, Texas. It figures they're located in Texas, right--the home of the original wild west shootout? SureFire is also the home of the original twelve-shot rubber band gun, patent number 4949494, and now a major player in the home and office rubber band gun craze that is sweeping America.

"Why rubber band guns?" people ask.

Don Mims, SureFire's head honcho and chief gun designer, answers, "At heart, everyone is a big kid. Most people didn't have sturdy, reliable toys like this when they were youngsters, so now they're being swept up in the nostalgia craze. Single shot guns made from old clothespins were common years ago. SureFire has improved on the idea with a patented design and made it fashionable to have one in the home or office."

Are these toy guns safe? Anything that shoots a projectile can be misused, but these things are both stylish (with dozens of designs) and as safe as possible given their intended use. There is even a lavishly designed "Gatling Gun" version that sits on a tripod and shoots 144 rounds as fast as the crank is turned. No, that particular one is not something for the office or for small children, but the Gatling Gun appeals to the high-end rubber band aficionados who are a growing segment of the big boy's toy market.

So, if the office seems a little boring on a Friday afternoon or it's casual day at the cubicle, a rubber band shooter might just clear the air with a few minutes of fun, safe and healthy tension relief. Just make sure the company's cache of commando ammo is under lock and key or the janitor will have a cardiac!

SureFire's website can be found at http://surefireproducts.com/ or contact them at 800-583-3010. An Adobe download of SureFire's latest user newsletter is available at PRWeb or via emailing the company. Dealer inquiries are welcomed.

Copyright 2005 Jon F. Baxley

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