How to Make a Rapid Fire Controller for PS3

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How to Make a Rapid Fire Controller for PS3
Use a rubber band to dominate your friends. (three rubber bands image by Sean Arenas from

In many online first-person shooters, the difference between winning and losing a gunfight is often the speed of your trigger finger. Many of the more powerful weapons are single-fire, requiring a separate trigger pull for each bullet. Serious players will often purchase modded controllers with rapid fire functionality, but fortunately, there is a do-it-yourself method that will allow you to pull that trigger faster than ever.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rubber band
  • Paper clip

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  1. 1

    Wrap a rubber band vertically around the right side of your PlayStation 3 controller. It should touch the "X" and "Triangle" buttons, as well as the "R1" and "R2" buttons on the back. Place a paper clip over the "R1" button under the rubber band, so the rubber band holds it in place. The paper clip will be parallel to the top of the controller.

  2. 2

    Turn on your PlayStation 3 and insert any first-person shooting game into the disc drive. Good games to test this method include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War and Borderlands.

  3. 3

    Enter the "Settings" or "Options" menu and change the controller scheme so that "R1" is the fire button.

  4. 4

    Start an online or single player match and equip a single-fire weapon. You won't really be able to see any difference with semi- or fully-automatic weapons. In fact, the rubber band method may make firing those types of weapons slower.

  5. 5

    Use the controller as usual until you're ready to fire your weapon. Place your right hand palm-down over the right side of the controller so that your fingers drape over the "R1" and "R2" buttons.

  6. 6

    Place the tip of your pointer finger on the left side of the paper clip and your middle finger on the right side. Rapidly pivot the paper clip back and forth across the "R1" button in a see-saw motion. Aim while you fire by using your right palm to adjust the right analogue stick. Use your right thumb to reload your weapon.

  7. 7

    Practice moving from regular position to shooting position as fast as possible. In time, moving smoothly from one to the other will become second nature.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with rubber bands of differing thickness, width and diameter. Thicker, tighter rubber bands hold the paper clip in place more effectively, but can accidentally press buttons at inopportune times.

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