Introduction: Dual Disc Launcher

Minor update, 01 may: Very small but significant change to the trigger block mechanism. Photo in the last section.

This gun has two seperate functions:

-A bolt action, 8+ round launcher which can fire big tire hubs about 40-50 feet

and

-A singleshot launcher which fires small tire hubs about 50-60 feet.

The primary mode is pretty simple; you pull back a bolt, and a disc drops into the firing chamber. You pull a true trigger and it fires out. The secondary mode requires you to take a small disc from a store on the side of the gun, put it on the launcher, and manually pull the bands across it. Pulling on a pin fires this disc out. If that seems a bit complicated, dont worry, its very simple and quite fast to reload when you get used to it.

Parts List:

This is an approximate list of parts you need.

25 dark blue connectors
30 light purple connectors
10 red connectors
2 green connectors
12 orange connectors
30 yellow connectors

35 blue rods
50 white rods
5 yellow rods
25 green rods
8 red rods
5 grey rods

A few tan clips and grey clips.

Step 1: Firing Chamber + Magazine

We begin with the platform which holds the discs and the block (ugh) trigger which holds back the firing pin. Pretty simple, just follow the photos.

1: the platform

2,3: this is what supports the load on the trigger.

4,5,6: block trigger

7: build this

8: attach the trigger to the frame

9,10,11: attach the platform onto the trigger

12,13 : build the band supports. important: The purple connectors must be orientated as shown, otherwise the gun will explode when you cock it. And you really dont want that to happen.

14,15,16: This is the magazine which holds the big discs.

17,18: how to attach the magazine.

Step 2: Main Body, Impact Rails, Trigger

We start off with one of the most important parts of the gun: the impact rails which absorb the force of the firing pin. Use good quality rods, ie ones that arent bent, scratched, dented etc.

But first we build the trigger cam system.

1: build this

2: attach as shown

3: keep building

4: Extend body back as shown

5: build supports

6: The impact rails

7,8: Where the rails go.

9: build the frame back and loop a elastic band around the rod.

10: Hook the band round the trigger cam as shown.

11,12: extend the frame back further.

13: The true trigger.

14: attach the true trigger and connect

Step 3: Handle, Arm Support, Secondary Launcher

The handle is probably the single hardest part. I couldnt deconstruct it to take photos, so youre just going to have to work it out.

1-5: The handle. You dont strictly need all the semicircle connectors, but they make it much more comfortable to hold.

6: The arm rest. Simple.

7: The handle and arm rest attached.

8: Take a broken elastic band and fix it on as shown.

9,10: The lower launcher support.

11: The launcher band head.

12,13: Fitting the bands for the launcher.

Step 4: Firing Pin

Almost done. The firing pin is the same one Im sure you have built for 100 knex guns before this one. Im using a small cable tie to secure it.

1,2: The firing pin. Use a tan rod if you can, its much stiffer and will be able to handle more load.

3: Where it goes.

4,5,6: How to fit the bands into the frame.

7: The finger latch on the pin. This design is pretty poor, feel free to improve it.

Step 5: Finishing Touches, Loading+Firing

The last thing is the ammo store for the secondary launcher. Dead simple.

1: Build as shown

2: put on small tires and secure with orange connector.

3: How the big discs stack.

Loading and Firing

The video at the start shows the best way to cock the gun while keeping one hand holding it.

With the discs loaded, pull back on the firing pin until it clicks in place. Photo 4 shows how it should look ready to fire. Then just pull the true trigger.

Design Update, photo 5

Just modify the firing chamber so it looks like this. It makes the trigger and discs much less likely to jam.

Comments

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spazgadget (author)2011-10-31

Cool! i just made something similar to this only more compact: https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Mag-fed-Disk-Shooter/

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WULLYBOY1638 (author)2009-07-08

the gun is cool but you could make the instructions a bit more clear but overall it is a gun

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J4mm3r5 (author)2009-01-13

I havent even built it and i still think its amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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yerjoking (author)2008-05-28

question Is this gun really accurate, like say you aimed at a can from about 10 or more feet away, would you hit it or just come close?

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yerjoking (author)yerjoking2008-05-28

and what are "grey clips"?

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ProjectIsle (author)yerjoking2008-05-28

Its pretty accurate, 10 feet should be no problem. It could probably be modded to be more accurate. "Grey clips" are the grey connectors which you can only clip one rod into. Thats what Ive always called them.

author

1 pronged clipes are commenly reffered to as dark greys, and the 2 pronged ones as light greys. There is a difference in the color of them.

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most of my 2 pronged are either speckled-white or orange.

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most of mine are light grey, but i do have a couple of speckled and orange ones too.

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yerjoking (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-29

ok, I was gonna build it, but I wasn't sure (no offence) if it was accurate. So I'll build it today and let you know how it performed =3

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yerjoking (author)yerjoking2008-05-29

i almost built it, i didn't have enough pieces, i love the idea, but could you make a smaller version for me? maybe one that fires small tire hubs only, cuz i only have a few of the pieces needed, i loved the idea though, how do i +1?

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The Jamalam (author)yerjoking2008-06-07

the old rating system's gone, no +1s, you have to click on a star on the right of the screen in the "info" box

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yerjoking (author)The Jamalam2008-06-07

Ok, thank you

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bounty1012 (author)2008-06-28

took me all day but just finished. VERY POWERFUL!!!!!!. it jams a little though. favorited.

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The Jamalam (author)2008-06-02

this is kl, i like it!

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dsman195276 (author)2008-04-30

i have to ask you something, your tires look like there mangled every witch way, was that from the gun?

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ProjectIsle (author)dsman1952762008-04-30

The big discs arent really affected by it, but the small ones get quite badly damaged if you keep firing them at hard surfaces.

author

Does the firing pin do anything to them?

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I dont think so. It might scratch them a little bit, but its not going to dent them.

author

Ok Thanks.

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dsman195276 (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-01

ok, just wondering.

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ojochris (author)2008-04-28

Ummm.... Parts list plz...

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ojochris (author)ojochris2008-05-06

plz...

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ProjectIsle (author)ojochris2008-05-08

yeah sorry Ive been busy recently. I should get one up soon.

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ojochris (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-09

Ok tell me when it's up.

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ProjectIsle (author)ojochris2008-05-12

Parts list up now.

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ojochris (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-13

P.S.- you 4got to mention the "y" clips and spacers in the list, I'll tell you how many when I'm done.(And,for the record, I'm not complaining... just suggesting;)

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ProjectIsle (author)ojochris2008-05-14

Ill add the spacers, but you dont really need the Y clips anywhere. You can use grey clips instead.

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ojochris (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-12

What are dark and light purple pieces? do you mean Purple and blue?

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ProjectIsle (author)ojochris2008-05-13

Yeah those are the ones. I Should have made it clearer.

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ojochris (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-13

It's all right now

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ojochris (author)ProjectIsle2008-05-12

Cool, thanks

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Nazgul (author)2008-04-27

make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! must make! IT's soooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool awesome +1

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23GUITAR05 (author)Nazgul2008-04-28

BREATH!!!!!!!!!

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Mad Cat (author)Nazgul2008-04-28

Calm down! Lol.

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fobblewabble (author)2008-04-27

its a great design, but my big tire shooter hopper doesnt work for some reason

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ProjectIsle (author)fobblewabble2008-04-27

Are the discs not dropping in? if so then try removing the orange connector that stops the block trigger. Also makes sure the red rod that holds the discs is being pulled back correctly by the top of the hopper.

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Nazgul (author)2008-04-27

Yes finally got it! thanks for instructions m8!

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dsman195276 (author)2008-04-26

finaly, something i can like on instructables today. best gun posted in some time. +1!

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flames10391 (author)2008-04-25

looks sweet i'm building this now

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23GUITAR05 (author)2008-04-25

Looks like some sci-fi weapon....i Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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smidge147 (author)2008-04-25

I made something like this once but my version lookes strupid but was very powerful due to the low friction barrle.

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wussap (author)2008-04-25

wow that is sick

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fobblewabble (author)2008-04-25

omg, that looks really cool

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