Yay, taking forever to do stuff! Haven't really accomplished anything big since the summer. Believe me, I keep fiddling around with my K'nex every now and then but things just don't quite work out and then I'll lose patience. Anyway, my current project is based on something I originally made just for fun as a refinement to a previous weapon I made just for fun. It was made to look realistic but otherwise was completely nonfunctional. I'm naming it the SMRI mostly just to be pronounced "samurai" but I'll figure out an acronym for it. Some of the features were a removable front sight, top and side rails designed for real/airsoft rail accessories and a bottom rail for K'nex accessories, and then a fake charging handle that locked back when the magazine is out of the weapon. It would then be triggered when inserting a fresh mag. The idea is that if it were a real weapon, I'd like a feature where on the last shot, the bolt is not only held open, but it automatically closes when a fresh magazine is in place. The overall style of the weapon probably resembles some real weapons, though unintentionally. My goal was to avoid the AK and AR-15 platform styles. So I designed the gun completely convinced I'd never make it shoot because it was too aesthetic-based. My main problem was designing the front of the gun to be open enough to allow a bullet to fly through it. Well, I modified the front sight set up just a bit to give enough space for a bullet to comfortably fly through. Overall I want to keep the design of the gun very similar, though I'll have to improve the stock, figure out the best way to incorporate a firing mechanism, and probably add a magazine lock. I was very pleased with the look of it, so I'm really hoping I can make this one shoot. I'll keep you posted. Of course classes, work, and social situations keep me occupied so I don't know how long it might take me.

Picture of SMRI
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TheDunkis (author) 2 years ago

Reviving this out the blue. I was having another mental block going back and forth between gun ideas until I finally settled on this.

So I liked my SMRI a lot and decided that I'd just start rebuilding that because even if I couldn't get it to fire, I'd enjoy just having it around. I also feel bad that I started it but left it for Red to fire and never got my own firing version out. For a couple months now I just left it partially finished as I was trying to figure out how to attach the magazine. Last night I wasn't in the mood to play games so I picked back up on the SMRI to see what I could figure out. I suddenly had it, made a nice fitting mag well as well as a mag lock that works beautifully. It's an AK style lever behind the magazine. The magazine is made for dark greys. It's setup a little differently than Red's but I don't know how reliable it is yet. I've yet to add a trigger and I'm trying to figure out what kind of stock I'd like on it, I'll post a picture when I've got those figured out. Firing is still not my main priority. I'm more concerned about its looks and ergonomics, so I don't know how it will perform (if it'll even fire reliably). For example in order to have my nice mag well, I had to sacrifice on the barrel design, and dark greys alone don't fire all too reliably, so I don't even know if it'll leave the hand guard area. Here's hoping it works nicely.

TheDunkis (author)  TheDunkis2 years ago

Added Red's stock to mine, just changed the way it's connected to the gun. Just need to add a trigger and trigger guard.

Dude, do you have any idea how excited I am? So ready for this...

I'm having trouble adding a trigger and trigger guard. I experimented with integrating the trigger guard with the mag release but it wasn't as comfortable to strip the magazine with my thumb, but it was a bit of a stretch for my index finger to push. Perhaps I'll just post a picture and you can have a go. Again, I'm nervous if it'll even fire reliably.

Would it be a problem to jump in? I need a project. I could help with the trigger at least.

TheDunkis (author)  didexo2 years ago

Yeah, no problem. I'll get pictures after work today if I remember.

Alright. Thanks.

TheDunkis (author)  didexo2 years ago

Oh poo I forgot pictures. Mkay, I'll note to do it today.

TheDunkis (author)  TheDunkis2 years ago

Pictures ahoy. Just took two. I can get specifics if necessary.

Again, I don't have a real trigger on there or a trigger guard. The magazine was haphazardly thrown together and not as clean as I'd like, but I believe it should work. At first I didn't like the grey connector sticking up, but it helps makes sure the magazine and barrel line up, plus it's what engages the mag lock, which works quite well.

Looking at the gun from the picture now, it looks a bit off to me thanks to the new mag well position, but I dunno I like it in person.


Love the mag.

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