Anyone who’s used an old hand-held T50 staple gun can tell you that your hand starts to hurt after about the fifth staple. Thankfully, staple guns aren’t the hand breakers they used to be. Stanley’s “Sharpshooter Plus” heavy duty staple/brad/nail gun is a welcome sight for sore, um, hands.
The first thing you notice about the Sharpshooter is how easy it is to squeeze the spring action. It takes very little force from your hand to operate, yet it drives the fastener quickly and firmly with very little kickback. You can control the force with which it fires by flipping a “hi/lo” lever near the back end of the gun, which is handy if you’re working with softer or thinner material. A locking mechanism protects against accidental triggering. And, it’s made from aircraft aluminum for lightness and durability.
The Sharpshooter Plus isn’t meant to compete with higher end air-powered nail guns, but it kicks butt in light industrial and home applications where pneumatics are overkill — like when you’re running Christmas lights or making a small picture frame.
It can accept both brads (1/2″ and 5/8″) and Staples (1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and 9/16″). The Sharpshooter retails for around $23.