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If you watch late night TV at all you’re quite familiar with the “revolutionary new tool” campaigns that come beating their way into your living room.  The Bit Shooter is one such star of the late night infamy. Think Smith & Wesson meets your run of the mill plastic-handled screwdriver. 

We won’t be the one to tell you making tools that function like guns is not a selling point – because guns are cool and guys like goofing around with them. A cartridge loading screwdriver that functions much like a snub nose revolver could be, perhaps, a bit much.

The Bit Shooter uses unique multi-cartridge, 6-bit speed loading system. The action breaks down like this: Pull the handle back on a pin slide, then rotate the cartridge to the desired bit — assuming you can see which bit that is through the cartridge.  Push the handle back to the original position to set the bit into the ready position.

It’s aclever idea but you still have to use two hands to change a bit out.  Also, we’re willing to bet you could reach down, one-handed, into the tool belt and grab another screwdriver in about the same amount of time.

So, if the overwhelming need to have that spinning cartridge on a screwdriver consumes your every waking moment, street pricing for the Bit Shooter starts at around $17.

We don’t have one in the shop, but if you have had experience with one sound off and let us know how it went.

Bit Shooter [As Seen On TV Products]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


2 Responses to Finds: Bit Shooter

  1. Myself says:

    It’d be cute integrated into a drill chuck for drywallers and other folks that go through a dozen of the same bit in a few hours. (Sounds like the sort of thing Festool would come up with.) But I share your skepticism of thie gadget-for-its-own-sake’s real usefulness. I’m happy with the 4 bits in the rubber holders on my regular driver; if I need more than those 4, I generally need something weird from the big palette of 50 or so.

  2. Steve Thompson says:

    Looks like more stuff to lose. I’ll stick with picking up two or three 4-in-1 (or 6-in-1 if you count removing the reversable bit in each end and use the open hex end of the shaft) screwdrivers everytime I go to Harbor Freight for $2.99 each. Works fine, I can keep one in each room of the house and I don’t cry if I lose them.

    And they come in pretty flourescent colors too!

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