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Insight: A Mini Tubular Magazine K'nex Pistol

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Insight is a tiny, compact pistol that is different from all its competitors due to one thing: it has a tubular magazine.  If you don't know what a Tubular Magazine is, then come on down to my Guide to K'nex Guns.  (It's in Step Two, for those to lazy to dig through it.) 

To my knowledge, it's the most compact tubular magazine gun to date.  These are the instructions to build and fire it.

To entice you to build, Insight also:

Can hold up to five bullets at a time.

Gets about 25 feet; this is very good for a pistol of this size.

Uses a red rod sized firing pin.

Has a comfortable handle.

Requires no cut pieces. (Nor do any of my posted guns, come to think of it.)

Shoots green rods. (A downside for some, but a pro for others).

And... Yes, the gun has a theme song: Insight by Joy Division.
 
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Step 1: Build All The Things

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This is just a picture of all the different panels and doodads that are needed.  Just build all the panels and stuff that's shown, and the next steps will tell you how to piece it all together.

Also of importance, those bands do not have to be cut and tied together; it would actually be better if you left them intact; I just ran out of full looped bands, sadly.


Step 2: The Internals: Part One

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Just follow the pictures.  

If you have any questions, please send me a comment explaining your troubles.  I'll be happy to help.

Step 4: Encasing The Internals

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Just follow the colorful pictures!

Step 5: Putting On The Bands

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Keep in mind that none of these bands have to be cut and tied; actually, it's better if you don't.

Again, comment if you have a problem. I definitely won't will be happy to help.
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Btw, I love the durability of the gun. That and the concept,but in the future it would greatly help to have a parts list and such. Until next time, Keep snapin' em
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Dude keep up the amazing ideas!!!
lolboy87611 months ago
I will build this. rather better than most pistols on the site :D
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
Thanks! That means a lot! :D

You should tell me how it turns out, especially the mag, as I want to find ways to improve it. Honestly, I should have made it more evident in the description, but this is kind of the beta test to see how it works for people. The instructable will probably be edited once and if improvements are made. :3
Idk what i could do because i actually kind of suck at finding good solutions to a knex gun XD
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
Oh, so is it working or not? I am confuzzled. >:?
it didn't D: the internals seemed very tightly packed for me, so the kept on popping out constantly and pushing the outer shells open.
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
So the entire thing was splitting itself open? Did you put the little blue clip on the blue rod in the back? I put that there to fix that probably and it worked great for me.
k ill try that.
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
Did it work?
i actually have ben the builder's spas 12. it has most of my pieces so when i get bored of it ill remake this.
is the blue clip on the right side the 1 you meant?
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DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
Yep.
oh lol i missed that XD
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
That is definitely your problem. Without that, it split apart for me, too. :3
DarkOwlProductions (author)  lolboy87611 months ago
Ok. :P
JonnyBGood11 months ago
A very interesting gun you have here! I must add it to my list of guns to make after knex war 2013. (Yes, a list... it's getting to be a habit...)
Oh... and I voted for this awesome concept.
DarkOwlProductions (author)  JonnyBGood11 months ago
Thanks again. :P
DarkOwlProductions (author)  JonnyBGood11 months ago
Thanks! I would love to know how it turns out! :D
Not bad. =D
Thank you. :D
You are very much welcome. =D
:P I am indeed very welcomed.

Thanks again!
Yup. =D
didexo11 months ago
Nice build man
DarkOwlProductions (author)  didexo11 months ago
Thanks! :P
nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Cool! Finally a gun i can build without a black rod!!! YES!!!
DarkOwlProductions (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Yep! The mag might take a little bit to get working, but it should work fine once you've got it set. I just wouldn't point it at the ground before firing if I were you; it might fall out.

Oh, and did you ever finish my DOT Pistol? I'm curious. :3
Oh yeah! I did! A long time ago... I took some pics though, and I will send them to you later today! I also made some additions:

-Front and rear Iron sights
-Ammo holders
-Shoots Oodammo
-Purple rod instead of hinge
-I made the trigger more secure

Overall it's a great pistol with great range! Definitely one of my favorites and the second K'nex gun from someone else I ever built!

Unfortunately I had to dismantle it, but like I said I took some pictures! I will definitely build it again-and also the pistol in this instructable!

And we still have to finish the Screamline... I probably won't get around to rebuilding it until sometime after August 12th... ;)

...But like I said I'll send you some pics later tonight! :)
DarkOwlProductions (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Yeah, we do have to finish that screamline; didn't I send a picture of what I did so far? If so, maybe we could start from there. :3
Yeah, but i have a few more things to make first...!
DarkOwlProductions (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Yeah, I know. I meant to say that when you get to that we can start from there. :P Did I sound a little too ambitious?
Not really. :/ :P
DarkOwlProductions (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Oh, ok. :P
Oh, and do you have to cut that loop connector on the plunger? If so then one of you're pros is a LIE! ;3 jk :P
Sorry, I meant firing pin... Too much Nerf modding... :/
Here is/was my DOT pistol:

Pic 1: The finished pistol
Pic 2: It can shoot Oodammo!!! (Or anything else) -It can even shoot Nerf darts (in a special way)
Pic 3: My ammo holder attachment
Pic 4: Gun with all of my attachments (can you spot them all? The gun holds ten rounds total when loaded)
Pic 5: Additional ammo holders
Pic 6: Yet another... ammo holder

The only problems I had were
-I only have grey rods... No black or clear ones :(
-The instructions... Well... Umm... Yeah... :/ I think you need to add more for building the transfer... I couldn't figure out how you got the green rod inside for a LONG time... But I figured it out... Eventually...
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DarkOwlProductions (author)  nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Yeah, thanks! As for the transfer, I pretty much admitted that in the instructions. :3 I probably should go and fix that sometime. It's looking great, by the way. :D

What range did you get with it, exactly? >:?
I didn't shoot it oitside, but with its onherent power I would say its capapble of getting 20-30 feet woth one #64 band. I didn't put more bands on because it would have broken the grey rod I had to use for an FP. :/
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