KWR1 V.1 + "The More Bands, the Better" Myth
- Good range: 60 ft. (1 band) – 100 ft. (5 bands, 45 degree angle)
- Can shoot: Oodammo (1 band: 60 ft.), Large K’NEX wheel (5 bands: 30 ft.), Small K’NEX wheel (5 bands: over 80 ft.), Lego bricks (5 bands: 50 ft.), NERF darts (5 bands: 50 ft.), and size #117 bands as a RBG (30 – 40 ft.)
- 10 point adjustable stock (see pictures 8 -11) with “Stock lock” (see pictures 13 - 15, 17)
- Totally customizable
- Safety (see pictures 15 - 16)
- Cheek rest (see picture 9)
- Not too piece consuming
Now, with all of that out of the way, I want to talk about ammo sizes and the “the more bands, the better” myth. So to do that, let’s look at the stats (shooting with three size #117 bands):
Red Connecter Ammunition:
Green rod attached: 55 ft. 4 in.
White rod attached (oodammo): 42 ft.
Blue rod attached: 35 ft. 5 in.
Yellow rod attached: 40 - 45 ft.
Red rod attached: (got caught in the bands)
Grey rod attached: (got caught in the bands)
Grey Connecter Ammunition:
Green rod attached: 59ft. 4 in.
White rod attached: 50 ft.
Blue rod attached: (got caught in bands)
Yellow rod attached: 40 ft.
Red rod attached: (got caught in bands)
Grey rod attached: (got caught in bands)
As you can see, the larger the round got, the lower the range you would receive. I think that this is a direct proof that bigger bullets are not necessarily good ammunition. For example, the ZKAR uses yellow rods? Might it get better range if it shot blue rods? Now, admittedly, the instances may be different with different guns, but I highly doubt it.
Conclusion: Stick with ammo sizes between blue rods and white rods (including both the blue rod and the white rod).
Now I want to talk a little about the “the more bands, the better” myth.
I took the KWR1 out to my backyard, grabbed some oodammo (growing in our garden, mind you), and commenced shooting from a prone position. Then I got this idea… what if I was to shoot with only 1 band, and not all 5? So I started to do that, leaving the bullets where the fell after having been shot. Then I decided to go back to shooting with 5 bands, to see how much better the range would be. So I fired a couple rounds… and got no better range than I did when I shot with only 1 band. I did this a couple more times, and found it to be true.
There is a myth (myth = a traditional story) pervading instructables that you will always get better range with more bands. Now, it is my personal opinion that if a gun can’t get 50 ft. with two bands, it’s no good, but that is irrelevant.
Conclusion: More bands does not necessarily mean better range.
Now, I am not stating these subjects as fact, for that would seem arrogant and presumptuous, but I do believe they are, to some extent, true.
-The Red Book of Westmarch